Harley Softail
The bike has some great retro styling

I’ve quickly become a big fan of the 2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic. This beautiful cruiser, with a touch of retro rod style, is a new Softail model for 2018. It comes, as Harley says, from “the shady side of the family tree.” I’ll be writing a formal review for Business Traveler but wanted to just post a few pics and thoughts here. Overall, I think it’s a great bike. It has very cool, retro, yet modern styling, state-of-the-art Harley engine and drivetrain technology and cool amenities like cruise control and LED forward running lights.

Harley Heritage Classic
It looks good coming or going

The Heritage Classic is available either with the 107 or the 114 Milwaukee Eight engine. This has the 114 and it just has endless, smooth power. Whether you’re on the streets or the freeway, it’s just awesome to ride. I’ve ridden it back and forth between Palm Springs and Los Angeles and also rode it in West Coast Thunder, a massive Memorial Day bike ride and charity event. Everywhere I rode, people noticed the bike and asked me about it. I love the dirty, rusty (looking) finish this bike had with Red Iron Denim paint job.

West Coast Thunder
Over 8,000 bikes lined up and ready to ride in West Coast Thunder

The bike comes with an easily removable windshield and very user-friendly lockable, sealed saddlebags. It’s great for road trips. My girl and I cruised into Palm Springs for dinner at our favorite Mexican place, Las Casuleas. Although it’s a big bike, it’s still easy to control and maneuver. With fuel it weighs just over 700 pounds with a seat height of 26.3 inches. It features a new, lighter, stiffer Softail frame, while still keeping that Hardtail look. It has a high performance front suspension with reduced weight and a high performance rear suspension with an adjustable mono-shock. Even with the high-tech rear-end, it still looks like a Hardtail.

Mexican food in Palm Springs
Dinner at Las Casuelas (I always ride with my Schuberth C3 Pro helmet)

For 2018, the 107 Heritage Classic is $18,999 and the 114 is $20,299. That’s for the basic colors, two-tone and anniversary colors are priced higher. My test bike was Red Iron Denim with a very cool, almost rusty red, matte finish. Cruise control is standard, as is ABS. Again, you can read my detailed review at businesstravelerusa.com after June 10 and also see my full ride video on my YouTube channel. In Palm Springs, I stayed at the very cool, retro luxury boutique hotel, the Parker Palm Springs.

Parker Palm Springs
The Parker is the best and hippest hotel in Palm Springs

You can see videos and more photos of my road trips on the Harley Heritage Classic on my @luxuryfred and @drivewithfred Instagram feeds.