From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991

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Lot 446
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail
Registration no. to be advised Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991

£ 18,000 - 24,000
US$ 23,000 - 31,000
Amended
From Warr's Harley-Davidson
1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail
Registration no. to be advised
Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991
Engine no. BHLE015991
• Landmark model
• First year of the Softail frame and Evolution engine
• Highly original
• 22,788 miles from new

An important event in the lengthy development of Harley's perennial v-twin occurred in 1984 with the introduction of the new all-alloy Evolution engine together with a diaphragm clutch, air-assisted shock absorbers, and toothed-belt final drive. By this time Harley-Davidson had freed itself from the American Machine & Foundry group, and one of the more significant developments of the immediately post-AMF era was the introduction in '84 of the traditionally styled Softail. The Softail featured a cleverly disguised rear end looking like that of a pre-war 'rigid'-framed Harley but was, in fact, sprung, as its name suggests, with the two dampers mounted beneath the frame. Completing the 'vintage' retro look was a girder-type front fork with bottom link and centre spring. This was the look the die-hard Harley traditionalists had been waiting for, and the Springer Softail and its derivatives would prove an enduring success.

Testing the 'Heritage' Softail model in 1987, Bike magazine's editor Roger Willis was amazed at the effect the Harley had on people, attracting admiring glances wherever it went. He was even more surprised to discover that it actually worked. 'As a posing tool, the Heritage turned out to be utterly wonderful, but I still expected it to be utterly useless as a functional motorcycle. It was therefor a pleasant surprise to find that the fun extended beyond outrageous image projection.'

The original Softail of 1984 is arguably one of the most important motorcycles ever produced by Harley-Davidson, ranking alongside the company's first v-twin of 1909 and the overhead-valve 'Knucklehead' of 1936. The Softail turned the company's fortunes around after several lean years, and its introduction must be counted as an inspired move; the new 1,340cc Evolution engine in the new frame was an instant success.
Dating from the first year of production, this example has the chain final drive and electric/kick starter that characterise the '84 models. Other noteworthy features include large twin Bob tanks, central dashboard, pullback handlebars, laced wheels, a stepped seat, Python exhausts, and an S&S carburettor. The machine has covered only 22,788 miles from new and is presented in excellent condition.

A rare and desirable acquisition for the serious collector, this Softail is offered for sale by renowned marque specialists, Warr's of London, Europe's oldest Harley-Davidson dealership. Accompanying documentation consists of a dating certificate, current MoT, and a V5C Registration Certificate.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The Vehicle Registration Number is A959 TBW. The machine is offered with photocopy dating letter and photocopy MOT expiring 21.08.2020.
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From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
From Warr's Harley-Davidson, 1984 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc FXST Softail Frame no. 1HD1BHL33EY015991 Engine no. BHLE015991
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