Well, this happened:
FINALLY Harley-Davidson makes the Softail great! They got good suspension and a stiff chassis FROM THE FACTORY! Less WEIGHT! New engines with real POWER! They’re better looking, even the intentionally retro ones, which is good because they’re ALL INTENTIONALLY RETRO! I always thought the Softail was a genius design just waiting for someone in the engineering department to take a second look at it and iron out the 80's thinking, and Triumph finally did it with the Bonneville Bobber... But now Harley-Davidson did, too!
And it only cost us the Dyna.
The Dyna was awesome. No question about that, it took the diehard American rider marker it inherited from the FXR and ran with it, surviving the 90s and 00s as the choice for any H-D fan too big for a Sportster, who liked to ride fast and rail the turns but didn’t need bags or boards. Along the way it’s been used for every custom bike build you could imagine up to and including streetfighter and ADV/scrambler, and the aftermarket is nuts, it’s my favorite Harley ever... And they stopped making it.
I should be pissed off about this. I should be railing against the skies, cursing the fates for taking away my chance to ride off the lot on a new Street Bob, right?
Except that I still can.
The Street Bob, Fat Bob and Low Rider are all Softail models now. Here, look:
So the accessibility, attitude and spirit of the Dyna live on, but now available with the lovingly classic style of the Softail Slim, the beefy flair of the Fat Boy or the badass attitude of the Breakout!
Now, the lean angles are still way below sportbike territory (25 degrees to 32 degrees, depending on the model), but with the bikes weighing less and carrying their weight lower, stiffer and better sprung, with MORE POWER? You should be able to go pretty fast in turns on a Softail now.
Now, with all that said, I’m gonna go update all of my screensavers, dreams, and aspirations!