Check Out the New 2008 Softail Crossbones!

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by CoyDog, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. CoyDog

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    The new Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones cuts the aggressive profile of an authentic custom bobber, but with some dark twists that deliver a wickedly fun and emotional riding experience.

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


    “Only Harley-Davidson could do this bike,” said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson Vice President, Core Customer Marketing. “It’s a motorcycle inspired as much by our early Knuckles and Pans, as by our desire to deliver innovative technology and content to make the ride today as magical and transforming as only a Harley-Davidson can. Cross Bones is a bike that makes me want to strap a blanket across the handle bar, hit the campgrounds on my next road trip and get totally in touch with what’s right about this land.”


    As the latest of several Harley-Davidson Dark Customs, Cross Bones melds stripped and chopped custom creativity with rough and raw finishes. Soul mates of the Cross Bones include the Nightster, Night Train, Night Rod Special, Fat Bob and Street Bob. Check out more on Dark Custom motorcycles at www.harley-davidson.com/darkcustom.


    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 coil-over rear shock absorbers are strategically mounted out-of-sight below the powertrain. The counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B powertrain is rigid-mounted in the Softail frame to give the rider a core connection to 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 takes on the road with a rebellious expression accentuated by a Gloss Black painted Springer front end with chrome springs, black bucket headlamp and black mini ape-hanger style handlebar. While the chopped front fender exposes more of the front wheel, a Bobtail fender does the same for the wide 200 mm rear tire. Tires with matching treads ride on Steel Laced wheels with Gloss Black painted rims.


    The sprung solo seat, gloss black round air cleaner cover and old-style half-round rider footboards form a nostalgic focal point of the Cross Bones, recalling images of a classic era on this contemporary motorcycle. With two coiled springs underneath, the adjustable two-position Cross Bones seat rides in modern comfort at a height of 26.6 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 new speedometer face. A hand-laced leather tank panel on the console compliments the sprung solo seat. A straight shot exhaust system with chrome slash-cut 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 with wicked striping and paint featuring new Dark Blue Pearl, Dark Blue Denim, as well as Vivid Black, Black Denim, Olive Pearl and Pewter Denim.
     
  2. Haulen Ass

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    I thinkt that the bike over all is sharp looking. It is goin after the bobber market for sure. The only things I would change would be the seat... spring is cool but just dont like it too much, would black out the chrome on the front of the bike, and change the rear fender to one that doesnt flip up. All personall opinions but an excellent start none the less
     
  3. bb156ny

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    And you won't be able to pick one up until "Dec 08"
     
  4. dynarider

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    I think it is pretty cool. If I was a rich man, my garage would have a fleet of bikes, but I'm not and I don't.

    Score one for H-D.
     
  5. glider

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    Just for you Joe...


    Black...$16,795
    Color...$17,140

    We have a dealer here that could squeeze one out the back door for ya. (pyrochic) :D
     
  6. CoyDog

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  7. csmlopez

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    looks good and has bober potential. It needs more red on the spokes.

    Hurt Big Lou
     
  8. jbsox51

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    Personally I think Harley should take care of their traditional line of bikes and leave the customs and customizing to the creative thinkers instead of making a poor attempt to copy!
     
  9. glider

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    I agree with you here. They aren't doing a real good job on the new bikes.
     
  10. glider

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    Hey Big lou, I told you to stay away from putting the cards in the spokes.:bigsmiley8:

    Hope you're OK bud.