2005 Buell and Harley Davidson Line-up

New Model Info & Specifications by: Harley-Davidson

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SOFTAILS

MILWAUKEE (July 15, 2004) ~ Since its launch in 1984, the Harley-Davidson Softail line has combined the classic lines of a hard-tail frame and rigid-mounted engine with modern comfort and reliability. For 2005, the Harley-Davidson styling department tapped a rich vein of Motor Company tradition to create two all-new Softail models. The FLSTN/I Softail Deluxe and the FLSTSC/I Softail Springer Classic combine classic Harley-Davidson styling cues with modern performance and design details that will make them among the most distinctive motorcycles on the road today.

"With the Softail line Harley-Davidson has always sought to combine a classic motorcycle profile with innovative mechanical design and technology that makes these models as comfortable and capable as they are beautiful," said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson director of marketing, motorcycle product development. "Our new Softail models uphold that philosophy, and uses elements of Harley-Davidson heritage to make a fresh stylistic statement."

Each of the eight 2005 Softail models is powered by the 1450cc Twin Cam 88B engine, rigid-mounted in the frame so that it becomes an integral element of the motorcycle. The Twin Cam 88B engine, available with either a carburetor or optional Electronic Sequential Fuel Injection, is equipped with internal counter balanced shafts that quell 90 percent of primary engine vibration. The 18 different Softail paint schemes available for 2005 include new solid color, pearl, and twotone combinations. A key change common to all 2005 Softail models is a redesigned dipstick with an improved seal on the oil tank filler neck. This new design makes it possible to accurately check the oil level while the motorcycle is resting on its sidestand. All Softail models will have a new clear-lens, reflector optics headlight for improved lighting performance. A small Bar & Shield cloisonné on the headlight lens adds an interesting detail to the new headlight.

FLSTN/I SOFTAIL DELUXE

Quick Take - MO Rides the Harley-Davidson FLSTN/I Softail Deluxe: It's a big, heavy, slow, flashy cruiser, what more do you want to know? I guess that won't fly as a ride report. Besides, even though everything I just said is 100% true, it would give you the wrong impression about this bike. You see, I actually like the new Softail Deluxe.

When Harley raised the curtain on the FLSTN/I Softail Deluxe in the pressroom, there was an audible "ooh!" from the motley collection of jaded journalists. This is high praise indeed, considering "Bold New Graphics", a pretty paintjob, and some extra Chrome doodads don't normally get us very excited. However, in the case of the two-tone Chopper Blue & Pearl White Softail Deluxe, the whole seems to be greater than the sum of its parts. It doesn't really show up in the photos, but in person, this bike is stunning. Harley had several other color variations on hand, but none of them had the "wow" effect like the blue & white one. Of all the bikes present, this one had the most journalists waiting in line to get photos of it. I was standing around at the lunch stop, when I noticed an almost neon glow coming from the pearl white section of the Deluxe's gas tank. When I walked over, I saw that it was the direct sunlight fluorescing through the pearl flakes. Much to my surprise, it actually showed-up in the photo that I snapped. However, in person, the effect was about 3x stronger and was simply beautiful. If you get a chance, go look at a Chopper Blue / Pearl White two-tone Softail Deluxe in person.

On the road, the Softail Deluxe is standard Big Twin. It has decent torque, but its heavy weight and modest horsepower conspire to make acceleration "sedate" at best. Of course it isn't supposed to be fast and when ridden as intended, it is a stable and comfortable platform from which to enjoy the scenery or the feel of the supermodel, as she wraps her arms around you in appreciation for the most excellent ride that you are giving her. The deluxe is designed to be long and low, so you'd expect the ground clearance and legroom to suffer. However, both seemed fine to me, with typical cruiser cornering abilities, and plenty of room to stretch-out. I know you'd expect a sportbike guy like me to pick a Dyna, but lets face it, if performance was really a concern, I wouldn't be picking any of the big twins. So, out of all the stock Harley Big Twins that I've ridden, I must say that this one is by far my favorite.

The 2005 FLSTN/I Softail Deluxe features a new sculpted headlight nacelle that's exclusive to that model and a clean front lightbar with bullet turn signals.
This single-digit speedometer, a styling element from the past, looks cool as heck. Besides, you can always say "But officer, I was only going '9' according to my speedo!"
Wide handlebars and a new pull-back riser emphasize the low profile of the Softail Deluxe.
A new paint scheme and cloisonné tank badges are highlights of the Softail Deluxe, which is offered in six colors, including some exceptionally pretty two-tone combinations.
Chrome shotgun exhaust and a chrome oil tank complement the black-and-chrome Twin Cam 88B engine on the Softail Deluxe.
This tapered chrome package rack perched over the rear fender is just one of the handsome styling touches woven into the design of the Softail Deluxe.

 

Harley Says: Nostalgic styling cues from several eras mesh perfectly on the new FLSTN/I Softail Deluxe. Start with a tapered chrome luggage rack and a low seat with checked side panels and a chrome grab rail. Then add wide whitewall tires that wrap around laced chrome wheels front and rear. The FL-style front fender has a sliver of polished trim, and both the tank and fender feature distinctive new emblems. The Softail Deluxe has an exclusive new sculpted headlight nacelle and clean front and rear lightbars with bullet turn signals. A new tombstone taillight is perched on the rear fender. New narrow, tapered floorboards are trimmed with chrome. Shotgun chrome exhaust pipes and a chrome oil tank match the black and chrome engine. Lowered suspension, pull-back riser and handlebars, and a seat height of just 24.5 inches make the Softail Deluxe comfortable and easy to handle for a wide range of riders. Choose from six paint schemes, including the two-tone combinations of Glacier White/Chopper Blue and Glacier White/Vivid Black.

FLSTN/I SOFTAIL DELUXE SPECIFICATIONS
DIMENSIONS Length: 94.7 in. (2405.4 mm)
Seat Height: 24.5 in. (622.3 mm)
Seat Height (unladen): 26.5 in. (673.1 mm)
Ground Clearance: 4.8 in. (121.9 mm)
Rake: 32°
Trail: 5.8 in. (147.3 mm)
Wheelbase: 64.5 in. (1638.3 mm)
Tires: (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, wide whitewall): front - D402F MT90-16 / rear - D402 MU85B16
Fuel Capacity: (includes 0.5-gallon reserve) 5.0 gal. (18.9 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity: (warning light at approx.1.0 gal. for ESPFI models): Carburetor 0.5 gal. (1.9 L) / ESPFI 1.0 gal. (3.8 L)
Oil Capacity: 3.5 qts. (3.3 L)
Dry Weight: 676 lbs. (307 kg)
Vehicle Weight in Running Order: 718 lbs. (326 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 1160 lbs. (527 kg)
ENGINE Engine: Air-cooled, Twin Cam 88B— (balanced)
Valves: Pushrod-operated, overhead valves w/hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 3.75 in. x 4.00 in. (95.18 mm x 101.52 mm)
Displacement: 88 cu. in. (1450 cu. cm)
Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
Fuel System: Carburetor or Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
DRIVETRAIN Primary Drive: Chain, 36/25 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/70 ratio
Clutch: 9-plate, wet
Transmission: 5-speed
Overall Ratios: 1st 10.110 / 2nd 6.958 / 3rd 4.953 / 4th 3.862 / 5th 3.150
CHASSIS Frame Mild steel tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast and forged junctions; forged fender supports; MIG welded
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions, MIG welded
Front Fork 41.3 mm telescopic w/"beer can" covers
Wheels (Chrome, aluminum profile laced option):
Front 16-inch steel laced
Rear 16-inch steel laced
Brakes:
Caliper Type 4-piston front and rear
Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, uniform expansion rotors
Front 11.5 in. x .20 in. (292.1 mm x 5.08 mm)
Rear 11.5 in. x .23 in. (292.1 mm x 5.84 mm)
Suspension Travel:
Front Wheel 5.1 in. (129.5 mm)
Rear Wheel 4.3 in. (109.2 mm)
PERFORMANCE (*CLAIMED*) Engine Torque (per SAE J607): 85 ft. lbs. @ 3000 rpm (115 NM @ 3000 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAE J1168): Right 28° / Left 28°
STYLING/CONVENIENCE Engine Trim: Black powder-coated w/Chrome treatment
Exhaust System: Chrome, over/under, straight, shotgun exhaust w/shorty duals
Oil Tank: Chrome "horseshoe" w/Chrome external oil lines and patent label
Ignition: Tank console-mounted
Seat: Two up
Handlebars: Stainless steel, low rise
Foot Supports: Full-length operator floorboards w/heel/toe shift lever
Rear Fender: Full coverage w/ chrome supports
Fork Lock: Common w/ignition key
Instruments: Electronic speedometer w/odometer and resettable trip meter, diagnostic readout
Flasher: Hazard warning integrated into turn signal controls
COLORS Vivid Black, Black Cherry Pearl, Black Pearl, Lava Red Sunglo, Two-Tone Glacier White Pearl/Chopper Blue Pearl, Two-Tone Glacier White Pearl/Vivid Black
WARRANTY Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
FEATURES
  • Chrome luggage rack and seat rail
  • Distinctive headlight nacelle
  • Clear-lens, reflector-optics headlight
  • Tombstone taillight
  • Chrome laced wheels
  • Chrome oil tank
  • Pull-back risers and handlebars
  • Lowered suspension
  • Low 24.5-inch seat height
  • Rigid-mount Twin Cam 88B balanced engine
  • Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
  • Wide whitewall tires
  • Shotgun exhaust
  • Easily removable passenger pillion
 
 
FLSTSC/I SOFTAIL SPRINGER CLASSIC

Quick Take - MO Rides the Harley-Davidson FLSTSC/I Springer Softail: The modern Springer is a classic case of form over function. The neat looking forks offer a retro look, but add quite a bit of unsprung weight and offer only about 1/2 the suspension travel of Harley's telescopic forks. However, for many riders, the look & feel of the Springer is where it's at.

Riding the new Springer Softail exposes a few weaknesses, but that isn't the surprising part. What is surprising, is the fact that they work quite a bit better than expected. As you would expect, their shortcomings are most apparent when riding over rough pavement. Compared to a Telescopic fork, when hitting pavement ripples or god forbid potholes, the Springer's limited travel means that quite a bit more shock and front end "judder" is transmitted through the bars. The Springer fork's mass also numbs the messages sent by the front tire's contact patch. However, brake feel, cornering and overall control are perfectly acceptable for a bike in this class. Furthermore, the Springer has a "heavy" steering feel that is not unpleasant, oddly reassuring and encourages you to take er easy. Front suspension aside, the FLSTSC/I is pretty much a standard TC-88 Softail, meaning it is well suited to relaxing trips through the countryside. If you like the look of a Springer, you can have just as much fun riding the FLSTSC/I as you can on the other Big Twins and fun is really what it's all about, isn't it?

Harley Says: Throw a little bit of '48 Panhead at a Softail and you get the new FLSTSC/I Softail Springer Classic. The Softail Springer Classic is one of only two 2005 Harley-Davidson models with a Springer front end. It's finished in smooth and durable black powder-coat and highlighted with a chrome shock and springs. A traditional running light caps the front fender, which is otherwise free of trim. An aluminum tank graphic and stamped-metal wrap-around trim strip give the fuel tank a classic look, as does a vintage-style metal patent label on the oil tank. The crossover dual exhaust system is reintroduced on the Softail Springer Classic and places a chrome muffler on each side of the rear wheel. The seat texture matches the center console, and the seat is trimmed with embossed nameplates. A separate passenger pillion can be removed easily. A new tombstone taillight completes a look that balances nostalgia with modern performance and technology.

 

SIDEBAR: "A Chronology of Harley-Davidson Springer Forks"

  • 1907 Harley-Davidson uses a Sager Cushion fork with concealed helical coil springs for the first time.
  • 1908 The Sager Cushion fork was beefed up with heavier gauge tubing and larger springs.
  • 1916 By 1916, the Harley-Davidson front fork, with its concealed springs, boasted over 41 feet of tempered spring steel to provide state-of-the-art damping.
  • 1919 The radically different 1919 Sport Model had a unique girder-style front suspension with the first use of an external fork spring on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
  • 1922 New in 1922, two center springs, located between the fork tubes, assisted the concealed helical springs.
  • 1926 The single cylinder models use six exposed springs to control cushioning and rebound instead of concealed springs.
  • 1930 In 1930, I-beam front forks are used on the V-twin models.
  • 1936 The revolutionary 1936 EL model sported a stronger, tubular-style front fork assembly, similar to that used on today's Springer models, instead of the I-beam style previously used.
  • 1946 The damping on the Springer front fork receives a shock absorber for further assistance.
  • 1948 The FL, with its Panhead motor and black springer front end, was the inspiration for the 2005 FLSTSC/I Springer Softail Classic.
  • 1948 The 1948 overhead valve models, available in 61 or 74 cubic versions, marked the last year, until modern times, that a Springer front fork was used on a production solo Big Twin model.
  • 1952 marked the last year for a Springer front end on the 45 cubic inch WL models.
  • 1988 The Springer front forks, re-introduced on the 1988 FXSTS, were the product of more computer-aided design and finite elements computer analysis than any other component in the Motor Company's history up to that time.
  • 1997 For the 1997 model year, the Springer front fork was redesigned to accommodate wider front tire on the Heritage Springer.
  • 2005 The 2005 FLSTSC/I Springer Softail Classic is introduced.

FLSTSC/I SPRINGER CLASSIC SPECIFICATIONS
DIMENSIONS Length: 94.5 in. (2400.3 mm)
Seat Height: 25.9 in. (657.9 mm)
Seat Height (unladen): 27.4 in. (696.0 mm)
Ground Clearance: 4.9 in. (124.9 mm)
Rake: 32°
Trail: 6.3 in. (160.0 mm)
Wheelbase: 64.5 in. (1638.3 mm)
Tires: (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series): front - D402F MT90B16 72H / rear - D401 150/80B16 71H
Fuel Capacity (includes 0.5-gallon reserve): 5.0 gal. (18.9 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity (warning light at approx.1.0 gal. for ESPFI models): Carburetor 0.5 gal. (1.9 L) / ESPFI 1.0 gal. (3.8 L)
Oil Capacity: 3.5 qts. (3.3 L)
Dry Weight: 731 lbs. (332 kg)
Vehicle Weight in Running Order: 753 lbs. (342 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 1160 lbs. (527 kg)
ENGINE Engine: Air-cooled, Twin Cam 88B— (balanced)
Valves: Pushrod-operated, overhead valves w/hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 3.75 in. x 4.00 in. (95.18 mm x 101.52 mm)
Displacement: 88 cu. in. (1450 cu. cm)
Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
Fuel System: Carburetor or Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
DRIVETRAIN Primary Drive: Chain, 36/25 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/70 ratio
Clutch: 9-plate, wet
Transmission: 5-speed
Overall Ratios: 1st 10.110 / 2nd 6.958 / 3rd 4.953 / 4th 3.862 / 5th 3.150
CHASSIS Frame: Mild steel tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast and forged junctions; forged fender supports; MIG welded
Swingarm: Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions, MIG welded
Front Fork: Black and chrome leading link Springer style
Wheels (Chrome, aluminum profile laced option): front 16-inch steel laced / rear 16-inch steel laced
Brake Calipers: Single-piston front and 4-piston rear
Brake Rotors: Patented, uniform expansion rotors, front 11.5 in. x .20 in. (292.1 mm x 5.08 mm) / rear 11.5 in. x .23 in. (292.1 mm x 5.84 mm)
Suspension Travel: front 2.3 in. (57.2 mm) / rear 4.3 in. (109.2 mm)
PERFORMANCE (*CLAIMED*) Engine Torque (per SAE J607): 85 ft. lbs. @ 3000 rpm (115 NM @ 3000 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAE J1168): Right 30° / Left 30°
STYLING/CONVENIENCE Engine: Trim Black powder-coated w/Chrome treatment
Exhaust System: Chrome, cross-over duals
Oil Tank: Black "horseshoe" w/Chrome external oil lines
Ignition: Tank console-mounted
Seat: Two up
Handlebars: Stainless steel, wide cruiser
Foot Supports: Full-length operator floorboards w/ heel/toe shift lever
Rear Fender: Full coverage w/ chrome supports
Fork Lock: Common w/ignition key
Instruments: Electronic speedometer w/odometer and resettable trip meter, diagnostic readout
Flasher: Hazard warning integrated into turn signal controls
COLORS Vivid Black, Black Cherry Pearl, Black Pearl, Rich Sunglo Blue, Two-Tone Chopper Blue Pearl/Brilliant Silver Pearl, Two-Tone Vivid Black/Lava Red Sunglo
WARRANTY Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter

One of two 2005 Harley-Davidson Softail models with the Springer front end, the new FLSTSC/I Softail Springer Classic has its forks and front suspension finished in a smooth black powdercoat paint for a look that recalls the classic 1948 Panhead.
The Softail Springer Classic features new aluminum tank badges and a stamped-metal wrap-around trim strip.
The passenger pillion of the Softail Springer Classic can be removed from the rear fender in seconds.
This vintage patent label, attached to the oil tank, is just one of the interesting styling details of the Softail Springer Classic.
The true cross-over dual exhaust is reprised on the Softail Springer Classic, with twin chrome mufflers flanking the rear wheel.

FEATURES
  • Black powder-coated Springer front suspension
  • Tombstone taillight
  • Fender-mounted running light
  • Vintage-style metal "Patent" label on oil tank.
  • Removable passenger pillion
  • Beach-style handlebars
  • Rigid-mount Twin Cam 88B balanced engine
  • Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
  • Clear-lens, reflector-optics headlight
  • Crossover dual exhaust
  • Laced wheels

 

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