Following the opening of the Penang Harley-Davidson showroom,there were two new additions to the range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles made available here in Malaysia and they are the solo-seated Softail Slim and Sportster Seventy-Two (72), which have been given a blast from the past treatment that sees them retain their classic styling attitudes; only it’s been merged with current power and tech for these low-rider bad-boys.

With the introduction of these two new motorcycles at the same time from Harley-Davidson, it can now appeal to both mature and younger demographics simultaneously.

The Seventy-Two’s sleeker size and thinner white-walled wheels definitely wreaks of youth, perfect for those whose young at heart and may find the Softail Slim a little too mature for their liking.

The Softail Slim comes with a 1,690cc air-cooled, twin-cam motor mated to a 6-speed Cruise Drive Switch from Harley-Davidson that will help you control all 134Nm of torque. The uniqueness about the engine is that its low-end torque has been merkedly improved upon with light-weight pistons and its also got Engine Idle Temperature Management System (EITMS) which effectively shuts down the rear cyclinder when idling, reducing engine heat felt by the rider.

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The Softail Slim definitely wreaks of heritage and tradition with its solo seat, chrome-plated steel surround and especially them half-moon foot boards and a rigid-suspension look that’s quite synonymous with Harleys back in the day. In fact, it may look like its got a rigid-suspension at the rear, but the reason why it’s called a softail (versus a hardtail) is because it actually has it’s suspension’s hidden into the guts of the bike, so you do get some modern comforts with that vintage feel. And to have a tank that’s shared between fuel (left) and engine oil (right)l, further personifies that feel even further.

On the other hand, the youth-appealing Seventy-Two still shouts Harley heritage and tradition, with a smaller and subsequently lighter 252kg heft with a 5-speed transmission mated to a smaller 1,200cc air-cooled Evolution motor with 99Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. A sleeker 7.9L peanut-shaped fuel-tank certainly adds to that “bad-a55” appeal.

So far both bikes are draped in matt-black paint finish, accented by heaps of chrome. In terms of pricing, the Softail Slim and Seventy-Two carries a nett price-tag of RM158,000 and RM131,000 respectively (excluding road-tax and other processing fees).

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Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

 

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two (72)

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