2005 Harley-Davidson FXSTS - Springer Softail Cruiser
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|Model :||HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXSTS - Springer Softail|
|Exterior color :||Black|
|Interior color :||Black|
|Doors :||4 Doors|
|Title :||Clean (most titles)|
Old is in. Harley reached all the way back to 1948 to find the inspiration for the Springer Softail. Among our fearsome fivesome, the Springer's style is utterly distinctive, and according to our reviewers, particularly appealing. The Early Industrial Revolution look of the front end is the key. Dripping with chrome, the Springer front end carries a skinny 21-inch front wheel on stubby swingarms that are linked by pushrods to springs and a single damper up near the steering head. To keep front-brake application from causing feedback in the suspension, the Springer's lone front-brake caliper is carried on a floating mount that isolates braking torque from suspension movement. The system delivers a modest 4.2 inches of travel but major visual impact.
When you first hop on the Springer, one of the first things you’ll notice is the seat. It sits pretty low, just over 26 inches, and it is much wider than its profile will have you believe. Most importantly, it proves to be a comfortable ride within the 4.2-gallon tank range. From the seat, you’ll notice the gleaming chrome windings of the Springer fork, which are also mirrored on the back of the small, low-profile headlight nacelle. While the physical appearance of this motorcycle is impressive enough, you’ll be thrilled to discover how well this bike rides.
The front suspension of the Springer is extremely versatile. The fork action is surprisingly plush, and when combined with the wire-spoke and its 21-inch front wheel, this bike can ride through potholes relatively easily. As slower speeds, the front end can feel a bit wobbly, and you may sense the bike wanting to turn inward more than most other H-D models. When you take this motorcycle on the open road, you’ll find that it rides the best at a relaxed pace. Thanks to the buckhorn handlebar, this bike flaunts a chopper-esque identity on the road.