Harley-Davidson now offers eight models in its Softail lineup - the newest bike to join the mix is the FXSTC Softail Custom.
All Softail models share several favorable features: a new rigid-mounted Twin Cam 96B (1584cc) V-Twin motor with internal counter-balance shafts for smoother operation (replaces the old 1450cc 88B); a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission; new electric sequential port fuel injection and a new final drive belt.
The new Softail Custom is aimed at pleasing the traditionalist. Up front, it comes from the factory with forward raked, fully chromed forks flanking a 21-inch Chrome Profile laced-spoke wheel shrouded by an abbreviated old-school style cycle fender. Steering is courtesy of factory ape hanger bars (modest and comfortable rather than radical, "reach-for-the-sky" types) with bare-knuckle risers and a new chrome bullet headlamp.
A curvaceous Fat Bob fuel tank is next, followed by a new, chrome, button-tufted King/Queen stepped seat with a kicked-up lumbar support for the rider and a one-piece chrome passenger backrest with a new integrated aluminum air foil. The 96B V-Twin motor is black powder-coated but comes with chrome covers, unlike its Night Train stable mate. Supporting the seat out back is a sculpted bobtail fender (my least favorite feature - I personally prefer the Deuce or Fat Boy-style rear fender) covering a 200mm rear tire, mounted on a chromed, slotted disc wheel.