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2008 Harley Davidson FLSTB Softail

Harley Davidson FLSTB Softail


Authentic Custom Bobber Style with a Dark Twist is Fused with Innovative Design and Performance

If riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is a truly timeless experience, then the new FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones might just make the clock stand still. The Softail Cross Bones cuts the aggressive profile of an authentic custom bobber, but with a sinister attitude all its own.

The new Softail model was announced today at the Harley-Davidson Winter Dealer Meeting in Texas, USA. With the retro look of a Springer front end and other post-war era bobber styling cues like a sprung solo seat, half-moon rider footboards, Gloss Black oval air cleaner cover and old-school chopped front fender, the Softail Cross Bones rides with a Black and Polished Twin Cam 96B powertrain and 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission.

“Only Harley-Davidson could take 105 years of heritage and the latest technology to create the Cross Bones as a dramatically authentic and aggressive Softail model,” said Scott Miller, Harley-Davidson General Manager, Motorcycle Product Planning. “The Cross Bones takes its styling cues from Harley-Davidson’s rich history and combines them with our current technical innovations for one stunning motorcycle.”  

As each Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle declares its styling independence with exclusive components and inspired craftsmanship, the Cross Bones is a bold addition to an already free-spirited family. Many features of the Cross Bones and other Softails are reminiscent of restless riders of the past, whose defiant attitude resonates with those who march to their own beat in any generation.

The Softail name originates from its rear suspension design, with a swingarm section that honors the lines of a vintage rigid frame, while delivering a smooth, comfortable ride. Hidden horizontal rear shock absorbers are mounted out-of-sight below the gearbox. The counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B powertrain is rigid-mounted in the Softail frame to give the rider a core connection to the feel of the motorcycle. Harley-Davidson Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) is standard on all Softail models, as is the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission with its accommodating clutch lever effort.

The Softail Cross Bones – available in authorised Harley-Davidson UK dealerships from March with on the road prices starting at £12,875 – takes on the road with a rebellious expression. It is accentuated by a Gloss Black painted Springer front end with chrome springs, black bucket headlamp and black mini ape-hanger style handlebar. While the old-school chopped front fender exposes more of the front wheel, a Bobtail fender does the same for the wide 200 mm rear tyre. Tyres with matching treads ride on Steel Laced wheels with Gloss Black painted rims.

With two coiled springs underneath, the adjustable Cross Bones sprung saddle rides in modern comfort at a height of 26.6 (675mm) inches. A distinctive Softail horseshoe-shaped oil tank with the time-honored Harley-Davidson patent badge is located below the seat.

An authentically designed five-gallon fuel tank sports a gloss black “cat-eye” styled console with accessible ignition switch and a large diameter speedo. A hand-laced leather tank panel on the console compliments the sprung solo seat. A straight shot exhaust system with chrome mufflers provides optimum performance and stands out in contrast to the Cross Bones’ many darker components.

The FLSTSB Cross Bones is available in premium custom graphics and paint featuring new Dark Blue Denim, as well as Vivid Black, Black Denim and Olive Pearl .

FLSTSB Cross Bones features:

  • Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine            
  • 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission           
  • Active intake and exhaust technology           
  • Black powder-coated engine with polished rocker box covers           
  • Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)           
  • Gloss Black painted Springer front end with chrome springs           
  • Gloss Black mini ape-hanger handlebar           
  • Straight shot exhaust           
  • Adjustable sprung solo seat with leather lacing           
  • 26.6 inch (675mm) seat height            
  • Old-school chopped front fender with tribal pinstriping           
  • Bobtail rear fender with tribal pinstriping           
  • Gloss Black cat-eye tank console with new speedometer face
  • Gloss Black oval air cleaner cover, oil tank and rear fender supports
  • Distinctive five gallon fuel tank with hand-laced leather tank panel and tribal pinstriping           
  • 200 mm rear tyre           
  • Laced Steel front and rear wheels with gloss black painted rims
  • Half-moon old-school foot boards           
  • Horseshoe oil tank with Harley-Davidson patent badge           
  • Standard Smart Security System