Published on January 20th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
New Street Bob 114 Joins Harley-Davidson Softail Lineup
The new addition is a no-nonsense offering with an aggressive stripped-down styling
Harley-Davidson has started rolling out its 2021 model range, which sees the Milwaukee-based manufacturer adding a new Street Bob 114 variant to the Softail lineup and introducing a Rockford Fosgate audio system on the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models.
Dubbed as the lightest-weight Softail model, the Street Bob 114 is now powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. With 161 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm, the bike is 9 percent quicker 0-to-60 mph and 13 percent quicker 60-to-80 mph in fifth gear than the previous Street Bob model with the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.
Befitting its Softail designation, the Street Bob 14 is equipped with a rear monoshock suspension with preload adjuster that offers optimised balance between comfort and performance. At the front, a dual bending valve suspension responds quickly to inputs and keeps the front wheel planted.
Other highlights include stripped-down styling with chopped fenders and mini ape handlebars, LED headlamp, 13.2-litre fuel tank with the classic “Number One”, passenger pillion and foot pegs, USB charging port, keyless ignition and security system. There are four colours to choose from: Vivid Black, Stone Washed White Pearl, Baja Orange and Deadwood Green.
In addition, the Fat Boy 114 gets a styling makeover in the form of bright chrome finishers on the powertrain and exhaust, the front end, the rear fender struts and the console.
Harley-Davidson® Softail® motorcycles combine modern power and technology with authentic American styling to offer a pure riding experience. New for the 2021 Softail line, the Street Bob® model receives a displacement upgrade with the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine in addition to its stripped-down styling and no-nonsense performance for a new model, Street Bob 114.
Also, new for the 2021 Softail models, the legendary Fat Boy® 114 model is re-styled with brilliant chrome. Nine Harley-Davidson Softail models range in style from classic to custom to gritty, and each is ready to roll the boulevard or chase backroad adventure.
The Harley-Davidson Softail chassis offers the look of a classic hardtail frame, but is underpinned by modern suspension for a smooth ride and outstanding handling. A single coil-over shock located between the frame and swingarm is out of view below the seat. The chassis design is optimized to reduce weight without sacrificing stiffness. The rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin engine further stiffens the entire chassis and contributes to a platform that delivers strong acceleration and responsive handling and braking performance.
The Milwaukee-Eight® V-Twin engine design with 45-degree cylinder angle maintains classic Harley-Davidson look-sound-feel. Because it is rigid mounted in the frame, the engine is equipped with dual counter-balancers to cancel primary vibration at idle for improved rider and passenger comfort. Four-valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total) promote airflow through the engine and contribute to power output, and dual spark plugs ensure more complete combustion to maximize power and efficiency. Advanced cylinder head design, dual knock sensors, and precision cooling allow a 10.0:1 compression ratio for strong torque output and acceleration, while a single camshaft helps reduce mechanical noise so a richer exhaust tone can predominate.