Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic Review
Bike Tested: Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic; Road Test No. 947; Test Location: Navi Mumbai
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 23,64,560/-
The Heritage Classic is a sophisticated, top-of-the-line Softail of the Harley lineup
Last month we rode the entry-level Softail, the Harley-Davidson Street Bob. This time we got the top-of-the-line Softail for a weekend, the Heritage Classic. Needless to say, the experience was epic but there are quite a few differences across the line-up. The Street Bob was rugged and light while the Heritage Classic came loaded with accessories and actually looked like what a typical Harley should be. We had it for the same duration as the Street Bob and actually liked it even more.
Motor Quest: The word Softail refers to motorcycles with their rear suspension hidden inside the body. In 1984, Harley-Davidson got their first Softail in the market and the trend has expanded ever since. The 2018 Heritage Classic is the top-of-the-line Softail by Harley-Davidson with a 107ci engine with stiffer chassis based on the modular platform. Gets company fitted saddlebags and a tall wind visor with auxiliary LED lamps too. Everything over here comes standard.
Styling – The 2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic retains its traditional design language but the MY 2018 gets modern design elements like LED headlamps with auxiliary LED lights and a detachable windscreen. The cruiser bike gets saddlebags for packing in those touring essentials but these are lockable and sealable with one touch open function. Underpinning a new lighter and stiffer frame, the Heritage Classic is the top of the line Softail and the maximum amount of bodywork is evident. The motorcycle adopts an all-black and dark theme and hence the spoked wheels, front forks and the frame are finished in black.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – One look at the instrument console and you’ll start wondering why should someone spend Rs. 23 lakhs plus for the Heritage Classic. The bike retains the single-pod console placed on the fuel tank from the previous model, though, with newer graphics inside and a slightly larger display. But that’s exactly how Harley owners like it, I guess. The console features an analogue speedometer while the digital display houses an odometer, fuel gauge, twin trip meters, clock, range and a tachometer. The switchgear, in contrast, feels premium. The RHS houses an engine kill switch, hazard light switch and a right indicator switch while the LHS features switches for the high-low beam, horn, left indicator and cruise control.