Harley’s Heritage Classic was introduced in 1986 in answer to the growing and very popular Japanese motorcycle market that had been luring customers away from the American manufacturer in droves. For inspiration, Harley zeroed in on its post-war models and focused on loads of chrome, white-walled tires, and lots of nostalgia. It worked like a charm and the Heritage Classic sold very well.
Thirty-odd years later, the manufacturers core buyers’ market was getting older, and they needed a way to reel in the younger generation. They began with nixing the Dyna line and moving it into the new Softail lineup. From there styling changes included much less chrome (save the exhaust) and old school bling (think studs and buckles, etc) and sleeker, darker accents. While not quite letting go of some of the vintage style-the Heritage Classic has shrouded headlights that remind one of WWII military vehicles and the chrome hub covers look like the drum brake on a 1949 Hydra Glide-most of the modern Heritage Classic’s style is focused on getting new riders interested in the model again.
Coming in at 722 pounds it is a lighter touring bike than most of Harley’s lineup, making it appealing to those that are intimidated by the beefy iron horses of yore. Add a stiff Showa fork and rear shock, that 114 cubic-inch Milwaukee Eight engine, a wet sump allowing heat to be swept away from the oil reservoir, higher torque and a new steel frame and Harley is now attracting riders that might have shied away from the bulkier touring bikes.
The 2018 Heritage Classic has a newly designed seat, which is deeper and more ergonomically correct; a removable windshield, lower and farther back handlebars, a seat height of just 27”, standard ABS and cruise control, new LCD display with digital fuel gauge and Harley’s new Daymaker LED lights. Redesigned saddlebags lock and are water-resistant with top hinges for easy access to what is stored inside.
- 1750cc engine
- Standard ABS and cruise control
- 27-inch seat height
- 5-gallon capacity fuel tank
- 722-lb. wet
OC Motorcycle has a beautiful Heritage Classic in its rental fleet. This bike is perfectly suited to long, relaxing weekend rides. The wide, comfortable seat pairs nicely with passenger seat for two-up riding. Call or stop by to reserve this motorcycle now. The Southern California weather is perfect for coastal or inland rides.
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