Harley-Davidson has announced its lowest-priced Softail model yet, the 2020 Softail Standard.

The 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Is Here

Harley-Davidson has announced its lowest-priced Softail model yet, the 2020 Softail Standard.

Harley-Davidson has announced its lowest-priced Softail model yet, the 2020 Softail Standard. (Harley-Davidson/)

Harley’s fond of introducing mid-year models to flesh out its various lines and gin up more interest, and we just got news on the latest announcement for 2020. To its Softail lineup, Milwaukee is adding the 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard. Just like one of last year’s mid-year rollouts, the Electra Glide Standard, it’s a stripped-down model in basic form that’s ripe and ready for customization. (The Motor Company really hopes it will be for prospective buyers anyway—because we all know that parts and accessories pay the bills.)

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To that end, you’re looking at a no-frills Big Twin cruiser with a lean bobber profile packed atop a Softail chassis, powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin. You’d better like black though, because Vivid Black is the only color option, though it’s contrasted by chrome and polished finishes for a stark, classically elemental look. With the addition of the Softail Standard the Softail series grows to 14 models for 2020 (if you count the differing engine configurations and anniversary edition bikes). The Standard is the most affordable of the bunch, priced at $13,599.

The FXST is a bobber-style machine with no frills, mini-ape bars, laced wheels, and chopped fenders.

The FXST is a bobber-style machine with no frills, mini-ape bars, laced wheels, and chopped fenders. (Harley-Davidson/)

Details are few, but that’s the point. You’ll see laced chrome wheels (19 inches up front, 16 at the rear), mini-ape handlebars, and a solo saddle and smooth 3.5-gallon tank, all to better reveal the frame and chopped fenders. Oh, yes, and a set of shotgun exhausts. To which you might say, “Wait, don’t we already have the Street Bob in the line holding down this role?” And that’d be an apt observation; the Standard is your down-to-the bone ’Bob without paint options, more chrome, and brighter wheels. And it’ll cost you a grand less than the Street Bob, not a bad selling point if you’re looking for a project bike (FYI, the Street Bob retails for $14,599).

Keeping things stark and minimal with just one color option (Vivid Black) and just a few polished finishes for contrast.

Keeping things stark and minimal with just one color option (Vivid Black) and just a few polished finishes for contrast. (Harley-Davidson/)

There are a few highlights to speak of in this minimalist sea of black sheet metal; the all-black Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine gets polished rocker, primary, and timing covers, and the blacked-out dish of an air cleaner is punctuated by a single silver bolt, further exposing the engine. Chrome shields and mufflers on the 2-into-2 offset shotgun exhaust completes the brightwork at the tail end and further carries the bike’s long, low profile. Up front are clear-coated fork sliders, polished triple clamps, polished top clamp, and a chromed headlamp bezel, with what looks like the same compact digital gauge in the handlebar riser to keep the whole look clean and uncluttered.

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The fork sliders, triple clamps, and mini ape handlebars are also finished in brightwork, with the latter getting a low profile instrument display tucked down low.

The fork sliders, triple clamps, and mini ape handlebars are also finished in brightwork, with the latter getting a low profile instrument display tucked down low. (Harley-Davidson/)

The steel Softail chassis should be familiar by now, with a specially designed swingarm to add stiffness and the rigid-mounted powertrain to dial in that quality even more. Down below the seat is the same monoshock rear suspension as on the Street Bob, with easy suspension preload adjustment once you remove said seat. It’s also the identical 49mm fork and dual bending valve front suspension and single disc front and rear brakes; an antilock braking system is optional here, as with the Street Bob.

The Standard’s Milwaukee-Eight 107 is mostly exposed and highlighted with a few polished covers around it.  Performance kits are available should you want to uncork some more ponies.

The Standard’s Milwaukee-Eight 107 is mostly exposed and highlighted with a few polished covers around it. Performance kits are available should you want to uncork some more ponies. (Harley-Davidson/)

A punchy 1,746cc Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin engine propels the Standard, with its four-valve cylinder heads and a 10.0:1 compression ratio for strong torque output and acceleration. Performance junkies rejoice: This engine accepts select Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Stage Upgrade kits, or you can opt for the Performance Custom Package H-D has assembled for the Standard (see below) that you can preorder at the dealer.

The 19-inch front laced wheel is brighter and carries a different tire than the Street Bob’s.

The 19-inch front laced wheel is brighter and carries a different tire than the Street Bob’s. (Harley-Davidson/)

Staggered shotgun pipes on the Street Bob are black, but otherwise they’re the same as these on the Standard.

Staggered shotgun pipes on the Street Bob are black, but otherwise they’re the same as these on the Standard. (Harley-Davidson/)

But if this bike exists to sell parts and accessories, Harley has made it easy, giving you four pre-curated packages of Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories if you want it all done for you.

There’s the Day Tripper Custom Package ($1,049.95) which keeps the bobber style but adds versatility with a pillion, and a 21-inch detachable sissy bar for passengers. You also get passenger pegs and mounts, forward foot controls, and a leather Single-Sided Swingarm Bag for essentials.

The Touring Package is meant to set up the Standard for more long-haul duty, with a two-up saddle, quick-release shield and saddlebags.

The Touring Package is meant to set up the Standard for more long-haul duty, with a two-up saddle, quick-release shield and saddlebags. (Harley-Davidson/)

The Coastal Custom Package ($1,599.95) is probably the coolest look here, capturing elements of the performance-oriented West Coast style. This kit brings a Softail Quarter Fairing, black aluminum handlebar and matching 5.5-inch tall riser, a two-up seat and passenger footpegs, and BMX-style footpegs.

Touring Custom Package ($1,699.95) outfits the Standard for the longer trips, with a comfortable two-up seat and passenger pegs, a 14-inch-high quick-release windshield, black Detachables saddlebags, and a 14.5-inch detachable sissy bar and backrest.

Our pick of the accessory collections for the Standard is the Coastal Custom Package, seen here with Quarter Fairing and black Moto Bar.

Our pick of the accessory collections for the Standard is the Coastal Custom Package, seen here with Quarter Fairing and black Moto Bar. (Harley-Davidson/)

Last (and as mentioned earlier) is the Performance Custom Package ($1,299.95), which aims to amplify throttle response and midrange acceleration with a Screamin’ Eagle Stage II Torque kit for the M-8 107 engine, and a Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner to dial it in. You can opt for a free-flowing Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner and Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers for a deeper exhaust note to complete it. The upgrade is 50-state street legal and keeps the original factory warranty if it’s installed by an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.

2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard FXST Specifications

Price $13,599
Engine 1,746cc, 45-degree Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke 3.937 x 4.374 in.
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery Electronic Sequential Port fuel injection
Transmission/Final Drive 6-speed/belt
Claimed Torque 110 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Front Suspension 49mm telescopic fork w/ dual bending valve; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Coilover monoshock, adjustable for preload; 3.4-in. travel
Front Brakes 4-piston fixed caliper, 300mm disc
Rear Brake 2-piston floating caliper, 292mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear Chrome, steel-laced; 19 x 2.5 in. / 16 x 3 in.
Tires, Front/Rear Dunlop bias blackwall; 110/90B-19 / 150/80B-16
Rake/Trail 30.0°/6.2 in.
Wheelbase 64.2 in.
Seat Height 26.8 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 655 lb.
Fuel Capacity 3.5 gal.

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