A factory custom? Every few years, Harley come up with a model that looks more like a custom show trophy winner than a factory machine. Such was the Softail, introduced in 1984 with its rear suspension tucked out of the way to give the appearance of a hardtail. Motorcycle Cruiser magazine noted “Assembly-line motorcycles just don’t look like this. They don’t have these sort of sexy curves – all that chrome and those super-clean details. You’re supposed to visit a professional customizer if you want looks of this caliber.”
Power for the Softail comes from the 88B 1450cc Twin Cam v-twin, the B indicating counterbalancers, which allowed the engine to be solidly mounted in the frame yet not pass its vibration on to the rider.
The bike on offer here, in dark red with burgundy flames, was part of a California collection of American and European bikes. A barn-find when discovered, the bike was stored for the last 13 years, having covered only 9,121 miles from new. Recently liberated, the bike was carefully cleaned and detailed and given a full re-commissioning, including new battery, carb rebuild and general service. Now, in great running condition and with the thunderous sound of the Screaming Eagle pipes, the bike is ready for the next owner to enjoy.
Sold on a clean, clear California title in non-op status, so no back fees are due.