This bike is a dream to ride after having my Suzuki boulevard I did have a Harley switchback but it had way too much vibration with the softail it rides like a limo I've done a lot of work as far as chrome goes and it's looking really nice now. I would definitely recommend to ride softail to the other bikes.
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Harley Davidson 2005 Softail 'Standard' FXST Carby Version
I recently bought my first Harley after many years of riding cruisers all metric (Japanese Bikes). I also own a 2006 Yamaha XVZ1300CT Royal Star (read the separate review).
I went for a low mileage 1 owner carby version. I preferred this as I can adjust the idle low for that 'classic' Harley 'potato' sound.
The bike is factory standard except for Vance & Hines pipes. Let me say that nothing sounds like a Harley Davidson. Every time you start it up it puts a smile on your face.
Fit & finish of the bike is very good, I would say almost, if not equal to Japanese standards. The engine is an uncomplicated, air cooled V twin.
The ride is 'ok' as is the performance and braking.
2014 Softail Standard
I have had many Harleys and other brands since I started riding at seventeen, Japanese, British American,Italian. The 1985 Softail was one of my most memorable bikes of all time. Ran like a Rolex that thing. I have had three twin cams and I am over them. Sure they put out way more power and still look good but I found the the knocking noises my 2014 Softail was making when hot intolerable. I just want to ride and not have to worry about the crankshaft falling out. Their warranty is not worth [censored word removed]. They are a premium priced pr...oduct that is under developed. They are built cheaper and cheaper every year, and are not made to the same quality as the older Harleys. When I expressed my dissatisfaction to the dealer they suggested numerous changes worth thousands to rectify, naturally at my expense. It would be unthinkable for a Mercedes Benz dealership to expect their customers to change their exhausts and dyno tune and do other mods to make their cars work properly. HD has lost the plot and gone over to the dark side. its a monumental scam that every body is hush hush about. You cannot run them straight out of the crate and expect them to give service. I am going back to Japanese.
Bought my Heritige Softail Classic FLSTC brand new , in July 07 to go for a ride around Australia . Rode the Softail Classic, 11400km from Adeliade , Perth , Darwin , Alice Springs ,Adeliade ,in 14 days straight out of the showroom floor , The Softail Classic didnt miss a beat on the whole trip , But Harleys fuel tank size is on the smaller size 19 litres , needs to be larger, Also the 96 cube motor runs very hot especially in city traffic , There a heavy bike 340 kilograms , Apart from that there comfortable when touring, but up in the Hills...on tight twisty roads, and city roads , they can be a challenge ,The Saddlebags where a adequete size for all my clothes and wet weather gear. The Harley Davidson Heritge Softail Classic is happy out on the open road Great mile munching tourer, Look and Sounds Great, Comfortable long distance Tourer, Big Saddlebags Small fuel tank , Engine Heat , 340 kilo plus Weight, City riding and tight mountain roads can be challenging
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i'm looking at buying a Harley Davidson heritage softail. wondering whats the main difference if any from the japan import to the Australian delivered?
I actually imported a HD 2006 Softail a couple of years ago from the States. But I'm assuming from your question that the bike your looking at is already in Australia. If not let me know and I'll give you a quick run down on importation. ...As far as difference goes I don't know what year your looking at ... being from Japan the running spec will be the same. Differences will be possibly speedo KM/H, head light adjustment for LHD roads etc. Essentially US bikes are the same as Aust bikes. Dealers/sellers push the whole Australian Delivered thing ... personally it doesn't worry me. Parts are the same so there's no issue and insurance is the same. Just make sure you have the REVS certified complied sticker on the bike and paper work. Also being an import I highly suggest you make sure the milage on the bike can be verified eg Japanese owners papers, service history this is important for your own piece of mind and for sale down the line. One other thing ... if you can get the the same bike Australian delivered then get that bike. If the bike your looking at is at a real good price over OZ delivered then consider it. Last piece of advice ... it's a buyers market ... if you cam hold off buying till before or after xmas then you may see some good bargains. The economy is tanking and people are leveraged up and tend till sell their toys cheaper ... remember CASH is king so don't be afraid to 'low ball' a price. I've scored some real bargains (see my other reviews) with cash ... Hope that helps? Cheers
I doubt very much if there would be much difference at all because they are all made in America.
On my 1986 Heritage Softail I have 2 tanks, and when I fill up, it doesn't take long for my left side tank to start over flowing, why is that?
Your tank on a 86 Heritage should hold 19.00 litres (5.02 gallons) as per HD Factory Specs. I am by no means an expert on the EVO engine but there may be a blockage in the fuel cross over p...ipe between tanks. Stopping fuel from filling the secondary tank.
Thanks for the above information, but since asking my question I've found out the following about my 1986 Heritage Softail, and that is, the left side tank kept overflowing, so what I found out was, y...ou fill your left hand tank first, but never to the top and then put your lid straight on, then do your right tank, and not completely to the top; this gives room for the flow from right to left. But the biggest helpful fact that I found out was, that on my bike as well as most older bikes, there is a rubber and chrome disc that sits on the rim of both petrol inlets, that disc was not allowing my petrol caps to screw down properly, and especially the left side as it is sealed so no air can go in or out, and with that the petrol was able to escape; on removing those 2 discs, my caps now screw down another half inch, and my problem is fixed.
Glad you fixed it Tony. Thanks for updating. I think your experience may help others. I have been googling like crazy since you posted the question but could not find a definitive answer.
Cheers mate and ride safe ....
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