After 30 Years, Harley's Heritage Softail Is Still the Most Distinctive American Motorcycle

A 1986 retread of a 1949 classic turning heads in 2016

In 1981, business wasn't looking so great at Harley-Davidson. The company's bikes—legendary as they were—had been struggling to climb from an industry-wide slump created by Japanese makers flooding the market with cheap brands. Harley hit back in 1984 with the introduction of its new V-twin Evolution engine, but it would take the vision of Willie G.

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