The 2018 Heritage Classic 114 looks as though it came from a world where the 1950s became obsessed with black rather than shiny chrome. Yes, this 1950s Panhead inspired “classic” gets a modern visual treatment that takes it to the dark side. Thank the existence of the very traditional shiny-chrome 2018 Softail Deluxe for the freedom to play with the new Heritage in this way.
This is the “traveling” Softail with its detachable windscreen and new locking hard-form leather-wrapped saddlebags that are said to maintain their shape much better than the previous leather bags.
Add in the blacked out 114ci Milwaukee-Eight V-twin and the bike seems even more appropriate for the open road. Like in the 107, dual counterbalancers cancel primary vibration and allow the engine to be solidly mounted in the frame. But Harley-Davidson claims the Milwaukee-Eight 114 launches the Heritage Classic from 0-60 mph 9 percent faster, and improves roll-on acceleration from 60-80 in fifth gear by 13 percent, than the 107ci version. So load up and hit the highway.