SINGAPORE – Harley-Davidson of Singapore kicked off its biggest party of the year with, well, the biggest news for next year.
With the brand’s typically unique way of doing things, it launched its line-up of new models for 2016 here in Singapore at the rooftop of the Golden Mile Complex. A live band, food trucks, and of course a fully-stocked bar, were just some of the highlights.
At retro cinema The Projector, there were also screenings of movies including the Mickey Rourke-starring classic, Harley-Davidson and The Marlboro Man.
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Sportster – Iron 883 – $21,500
The entry-model to Sportster ownership, the Iron 883, is significantly revised for 2016. The Iron has mid-mount controls, solo-seat, ‘Peanut’ tank Sportster model, so arguably it’s also the range’s um, sportiest-looking member. As the name suggests it still uses the 883cc V-twin, air-cooled Evolution engine with 73Nm of torque.
Sportster – Forty-Eight – $26,500
Fatter tyres and a bit more chrome, and the larger 1,202cc V-twin engine (with a bit more power this time around) mark this model, also a Dark Custom bike, from the Iron 883. New for 2016 is the front end, which sees new 49mm forks, new wheels, adjustable (for preload) rear suspension, which should improve handling and ride performance. Also of interest (for H-Ds) is the new Hard Candy Custom colour choices in metal flake which are also available for the Iron 883 ($1,000 option).
Softail – Heritage Softail Classic – $41,000
Harley recently updated its tech with the new Project Rushmore engines that have 1,690cc and 132Nm of torque and this engine also finds a home in the gently-tweaked Heritage Softail Classic. It’s the sort of bike that looks like it dropped out of the 60s – or Elvis belongs on it -but underneath the Americana patina are improved saddlebag mounts, electronic throttle (and cruise control now standard on the entire Softail range), and now, more paint choices.
Softail – Fatboy S – $44,500
With this bike and the Slim (below), Harley boasts its ‘Most Powerful Cruiser Lineup Ever’. Now that the rest of the Softails get the 103 cubic inch (aka 1,690cc engine), two S models join that range, which pack the even more powerful 110 cu. in. 1,801cc V-twin ‘Screaming Eagle’ engine once reserved only for special CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models. For the Fat Boy, there’s also a bad-ass looking blacked-out paintjob to go with its new grunt too.
Softail – Softail Slim S – $41,000
As described the Slim (yes there is a Fatboy and a Slim in the Softail lineup) also packs the new 110 cu. in. engine with more power and torque. Like the Fatboy S, it’s also a limited-edition model (likely limited to 2016 only) and it has a Olive Gold Denim paint job with military-inspired styling that affords the bike a whole lot of road presence.
*Prices quoted are machine price including road tax, registration fees, GST, but without COE and insurance.