2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Heritage Classic 114 Review From the Cockpit | Cycle World

2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Heritage Classic 114 Review From the Cockpit

Video review of Harley-Davidson’s convertible mid-weight touring motorcycle

After recently riding every model in Harley-Davidson’s newly updated Softail platform, the Heritage Classic 114 stood out as being among the most diverse and capable models in the bunch. Possessing the best of both worlds with nimble handling, strong power output, wind management and storage options, the Heritage 114 is lean and low, and ready for long miles.

The floorboards—which would scrape at a shamefully early lean angle on past Heritage models—are now much more effective in the turns. Saddlebags provide ample storage, and black leather and blackened nickel studs keep the look dark and aggressive. A two-tone windshield adds more of the old school vibe, as well as shield your body from buffeting. The look is classic, dark and mean but the ride is smooth and strong.

Starting at $20,299, the Heritage 114 is definitely in the higher echelon of motorcycles, right up there with its touring chassis-equipped brethren. But the lighter weight, shorter wheelbase and more responsive handling give the Heritage 114 a distinct advantage when it comes to city riding and the twisties.

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