The 2020 Softail Standard comes in five variations including standard, Performance, Touring, Coast and Day Tripper Custom packages, from $21,495 + ORC and arrives here mid May...

Harley-Davidson recently unveiled the new Softail Standard, set to arrive mid May with a price point of $21,495 + ORC. It’s a great blank canvas for customisation and the entry price is pretty sharp.  The Softail Standard is powered by Harley’s Milwaukee-Eight.

Offered only with Vivid Black paint, the Softail Standard has a solo seat and a 13.2L tank.

Offered only with Vivid Black paint, the Softail Standard has a solo seat and a 13.2L tank.

The contrast of black and bright components is designed to give the Softail Standard a look that’s both classic and minimalist. Offered only with Vivid Black painted sheet metal, the Softail Standard model is equipped with a solo seat that exposes the chopped rear fender, and a 13.2L fuel tank that reveals the frame and engine.

Harley say the powertrain is styled to draw attention to the centre of the bike, with an all-black Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine highlighted with polished rocker, primary and timer covers. Cylinder-head fins are not highlighted. A centre-bolt, round air cleaner cover further exposes the engine. With chrome shields and mufflers, the twin offset shotgun exhaust enhances the long, low profile of the Softail Standard model…


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The steel rims of the classic laced wheels (front 19in, rear 16in) are finished in chrome. The front-end features clear-coated fork sliders, polished triple-clamps, polished top clamp and riser, and chromed headlamp bezel and indicators. A compact dash with digital display set in the handlebar riser keeps the front-end clean and uncluttered.

The Softail Standard only has a solo seat, no pillions on this ride!

The Softail Standard only has a solo seat, no pillions on this ride! Not sure what these two are going to do…

The Harley-Davidson Softail chassis give the Softail Standard model a solid foundation. The steel frame is optimized for stiffness. A rigid-mounted engine further enhances chassis stiffness. The Softail swingarm is tuned for dynamic handling and creates the look of a classic hardtail frame. Monoshock rear suspension places a coil-over shock with emulsion technology out of sight and under the seat.

Suspension pre-load adjustment is accomplished by simply removing the seat to gain access to the shock body, making it easy to dial in the ride and handling for rider weight. Dual bending valve front suspension is featured and so are front and rear disc brakes and we assume ABS!

Harley-Davidson states that the Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine delivers inspiring performance and the look, sound and feel that is classic Harley-Davidson. Dual counter-balancers reduce primary vibration at idle for improved rider comfort. Four-valve cylinder-heads provide ample airflow while advanced cylinder-head design, dual knock sensors, and precision cooling allow a 10.0:1 compression ratio for strong torque output and acceleration. For the rider focused on performance this engine accepts select Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Stage Upgrade kits. Full review of the 2019 Softail range is here… 


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A mid-year addition to the 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycle line priced at $21,495 AUD, the Softail Standard model offers an attainable entry point to Harley-Davidson Big Twin ownership and Harley says is an ideal blank canvas for customisation.

Four packages of Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories have been created by Harley-Davidson as a customisation starting point for the Softail Standard model. Each represents different custom direction and all components of each package can be ordered by an authorised Harley-Davidson dealer.


  • Day Tripper Custom Package: Adds a pillion and a 21-inch detachable sissy bar with pad so a passenger can come along for the ride. This package also includes passenger footpegs and mounts, forward foot controls, and a black leather Single-Sided Swingarm Bag.
  • Coast Custom Package: Components include a Softail Quarter Fairing, black anodized aluminium Moto Bar handlebar and matching 5.5-inch tall riser, a Bevel two-up seat and passenger footpegs, and BMX-style footpegs from the rugged 80GRIT Collection.

  • Touring Custom Package: Comes with a comfortable Sundowner two-up seat and passenger footpegs, a 14-inch-high light smoke quick-release windshield, classic black Detachable saddlebags, and a 14.5-inch detachable sissy bar and backrest pad.
  • Performance Custom Package: Amplify throttle response and mid-range acceleration with a Screamin’ Eagle Stage II Torque kit for the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine and a Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner to dial it in. Complete the package with a free-flowing Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner and Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers for a deep-bass exhaust note. It’s a factory-engineered performance upgrade that retains the original equipment factory warranty when installed by an authorised Harley-Davidson dealer.

For more information about the Softail Standard, please visit the Harley-Davidson website.


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