I got the opportunity to ride Harley Davidson’s Softail Deluxe about ten months ago. I know, I know, little slow on writing about it. I might as well spill the beans right now, get it all the way out, this is my favorite Harley Davidson motorcycle.
It just fits me perfectively, like we we’re made for each other. I’ve ridden this motorcycle about ten times in the last few years. I’m very surprised Harley Davidson hasn’t sent me a bill! Or post a picture of me at the dealerships with a caption under it. Saying something like this, “don’t let this dude pictured above ride anything until he buys something.” I got very close to buy one a few years ago, but I bought a 2010 Yamaha VMax instead. I know, why in the hell did I do that? I like to go fast, really fast. Well I finely pulled the trigger in 2012 and bought one.
Okay back on track. Wildfire Harley Davidson was hosting a demo ride on June 3, 2012. They had the Harley Davidson factory semitrailer park right out in front of their store. The big rig! A really big billboard! Wildfire Harley Davidson is located in Villa Park Illinois, right on route 64 in the state of ILL. Wildfire is just a few miles from the Lilac Village. The Lilac Village is where I live with my charming and lovely wife. I need at least one person to read this.
I don’t know how long Wildfire Harley Davidson has been there, but it doesn’t seem that long. I can still remember when there was an empty lot there. The store is humongous, you can probably see it from out-space. It seems like all the new Harley Davidson stores are the size of a mini- Walmart. Harley Davidson is all about branding their products, nothing like a big store to promote a brand.
It was beautiful day to ride a motorcycle, couldn’t been a better day. Well maybe, it could have been better. It could have been free Harley Davidson motorcycle day. That would have been much-more-better day. Has there ever been a free Harley Davidson motorcycle day? Hope I didn’t miss that day. The temperature was somewhere around 70 degrees with a light wind blowing. A few clouds where floating around to keep the direct energy of that big ball of hydrogen off of me.
I rode the model with the two-tone paint job. It was birch white and midnight pearl, a beautiful color scheme to say the least. This color scheme really highlights all the chrome on the motorcycle. There’s a lot of chrome on this motorcycle. My second choice color scheme would be the Red Sunglo. Red is a very strong color. The color red can symbolize excitement, energy, speed, strength, danger, passion, and aggression. But with all that said you can’t beat the two-tone paint job. I think Harley-Davidson is putting a lot of effort into painting their motorcycles, their just beautiful look at.
All of the other motorcycles that I already own develop more horse power and torque than the new 103B V-twin engine. After riding this motorcycle I’ve got to say that this engine is really smooth. Smooth for a Harley I mean. The 103B engine clocks in at about 68.1 horsepower @ 5000 rpm and 85.2 foot pounds @3600 rpm. But you don’t buy this motorcycle if your main mission is horsepower and torque. Nope, this isn’t a Suzuki GSXR 1000, Yamaha R1 or a Kawasaki Ninja 1000.
This motorcycle is a cruiser and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else but a cruiser. And to be completely truthful it’s the cruiser that all the other manufacturers are trying to emulate. I’m pretty sure you’ve figured this one out already if you know anything about motorcycles. The idea that the other manufacturers are trying to emulate and duplicate the V twin engine in a Harley Davison motorcycle really shows their limited creativity. The sad part is that most of the other manufacturers have failed to make headway in this market and have given up.
So what what’s the attraction? Every time I get on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I get transported back in time and space. Bam, there I am in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The date is September 8, 1904. I don’t know what time it is because my iPhone won’t time travel with me. I’m sure Steve Jobs had something to do with that shit. You probably need the time travel app which you can purchase at iTunes.
But anyways, I’m looking at couple guys in 10 by 15 foot wood shed assembling the final pieces of a prototype machine or their very first Harley Davidson motorcycle. What could be cooler? You know this is going to sound odd but I’m going to put this moment right up there with assembling the Pyramids. Okay maybe that comparison was a little bit over the top. But really, what could be cooler? I’m going to give you a few minutes to think about this… okay times up. You got any other ideas? Nope, I didn’t think so!
As I’m standing in the shed I’m listening to their conversations about building a motorcycle. I could almost reach out and touch them. Remember I’m time traveling, not stalking. So I start walking around the shed and looking at the motorcycle from every angle. Also, I’m pretty sure they’ll be drinking a few beers while they put this baby together. Come on its Milwaukee Wisconsin for God”s sakes! I’m sure that one of their conversations is probably a spirited argument about who gets ride it first as they put the finishing touches on the motorcycle. I wish I could stay here for a few years, but the machine uses a lot power. Plus, the wife wants me to mow the lawn.
I wonder if those guys in the shed, had any idea they were creating “Mechanical Poetry.” Their products have carved out a wide grove in the motorcycle landscape. A Grand Canyon size of grove! Sure they have had a few bumps along the way. Like the AMF years and the Great Depression! I don’t know which was worse for the brand.
But their brand has rich history with represents over 110 years of manufacturing a product. Some of the other manufactures have faded away through time, gone forever. But Harley Davidson keeps chugging along. With over 110 years of momentum, what could stop them?