There’s a new Big Twin on the way from Milwaukee.
The Harley-Davidson Blackline is a stripped-down, blacked-out Softail that best emulates the spirit of the original model by reverting to a 21-inch front and slimmed down, 140-mm, 16-inch rear tire.
The frame gets a matte ‘black denim’ finish and there’s lots of black trim including the anodized aluminum rims. A new 19-litre fuel tank has a low-profile fuel filler that is offset to the right.
Unique ‘split drag’ handlebars mount directly into the top tripleclamp, sans risers, and are internally wired.
The bike uses a counterbalanced Twin Cam 96B V-twin that drives a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission.
The bike’s minimalist lines and classic styling should strike a chord with traditional Harley enthusiasts as well as retro-seeking Generation Xers.
The Blackline will be in Harley’s Canadian lineup for 2011 and will retail for $17,149.