If anything, the only thing missing from the perfect retro picture is a girder fork, but since we’re getting ready for the 2016 season, we can definitely live without it. Harley decided to endow the S versions of the Fat Boy and Softail Slim with a character that’s rather rare among stock bikes, adding blacked-out engines and detailing, but this is only half of the story.
The Olive Gold Denim color option and graphics introduce a very strong military character that harks back to the post-WWII era. The greenish paint on the tank and fenders is excellently complemented by the glossy and matte black surfaces, while the graphics are also military-inspired.
Without being warlike, the 2016 Softail Slim S brings the post-war custom air back into focus, especially with its bold bobber style and wide “Hollywood” handlebars. The bike styling is still a minimalist, no-frills, clean one created for those who appreciate the feel of a bike more than how many accessories they can buy for it.
The Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B engine is one of the technical upgrades
As specified earlier, the 2016 Softail Slim S shares the same engine with the Fat Boy S, the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B that packs 1,801cc and delivers 148 Nm (109 lb-ft) but at a slightly lower point, 3,500 rpm.
Cue the six-speed Cruise Drive transmission, a generous and good-looking high-flow circular air intake, hidden rear suspension and hardtail looks. At the same time, the MoCo offers ABS, HD Smart Security and cruise control as standard.
The base price of the 2016 Softail Slim S in the US is $18,499, but we see absolutely no reason for not spending $400 extra and take the green military version home. Across the pond, in Germany, the base version is €20,845, with €300 more for the cool one.