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2011 Harley-Davidson Blackline First Ride Photo Gallery

We take a first ride on Harley-Davidson's latest Dark Custom Softail, the Blackline, with a re-designed rear and the lowest seat height ever on a factory Harley. Read our riding impressions in the 2011 Harley Blackline First Ride review.

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Harley toned down the graphics and badging on the Blackline Softail and slapped on a new round air cleaner.
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The Harley Blackline feels much lighter than other Softails and weighs 56 pounds lighter than the Softail Deluxe.
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It's easy to throw a leg over the Harley Blackline thanks to its ultra-low 24-inch seat height.
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Fill 'er up, please! The Blackline looks right at home in front of this vintage Texaco gas pump.
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The seat on the Blackline has been pushed backed, lowered and narrowed.
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Less weight than the standard Softail and the same 1584cc Twin Cam 96B engine means the Blackline hooks up and goes for a Softy.
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The Blackline's front hoop is tall while the bike is low.
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Keeping in the bike’s less-is-more theme, it has a gloss black powdercoat on the rocker box covers, crankcase, outer primary cover and transmission side cover.
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The Blackline has a new black console and a trimmed-down gas cap.
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The Blackline provides an aggressive, spirited ride.
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We ride 'em, test 'em, and take notes in the process.
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The Blackline features a true arms punched out, feet stretched forward riding position.
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The front of the Blackline features a spoked-down, 21-inch tall front wheel, new triple clamps, Split Drag Bars and a small, round analog speedo.
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Overall we came away impressed with the way you can toss the Blackline around and how it hooks up off the line.
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The 2011 Harley-Davidson Blackline
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Cruisin' along on the Harley Blackline.
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The major limitations are the feelers on the foot pegs that scrape too easily despite the bike’s capacity to take on more lean.
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Spoke wheels, drag bars, a slammed rear and a low slung seat are a few of the Blackline's strongest features.
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The round chrome air cleaner on the Blackline is part of its tight new look.