We pit Harley-Davidson’s classic-styled boulevard cruiser, the 2014 Heritage Softail Classic, against the new 2014 Indian Chief Vintage.
- The Harley Heritage Softail Classis has lighter steering and is easier to maneuver at slower speeds but its floorboards also scrape much easier and more often.
- The 2014 Heritage Softail Classic features a Twin Cam 103B engine, six-speed gearbox, and ABS, all dressed up in Harley's finest chrome tidbits.
- Chrome laced wheels and wide Dunlop whitewalls add to the Heritage Softail Classic's classy disposition.
- The front windshield on the Heritage Softail Classic is a tad shorter than the one on the Chief Vintage but still offers a decent buffer from wind buffeting.
- Black powdercoated heads and cylinders with machined cooling fins topped by chrome rocker covers add up to an eye-pleasing V-Twin powering the '14 Heritage Softail.
- Justin preferred the seat of the Harley because it didn't have the same tilt as the one on the Indian so he didn't feel locked in one position. We both felt the lip of the passenger seat digging into your lower back gets a little tiresome, though.
- The leather saddlebags on the Heritage Softail Classic are just a tad smaller than the ones on the Indian. Neither set of saddlebags lock down.
- A convertible two-up seat and a detachable windshield are standard fare on the 2014 Heritage Softail Classic.
- Pitting two long-standing competitors only made sense, so into the ring go the 2014 Harley Heritage Softail Classic and the 2014 Indian Chief Vintage.
- 'It’s got this really light handling which was a big surprise for me because I didn’t expect that at all out of that bike,' said Justin about the Heritage Softail Classic.
- You can't help but feel a little classy riding a regal bike like the 2014 Harley Heritage Softail Classic.
- The '14 Heritage Softail Classic won the battle of the efficiency wars, averaging just over 35 mpg.
- The 2014 Heritage Softail Classic has a compact rider's triangle with floorboards in close and bars up high.
- Both cruiser motorcycles have potent powerplants, but the Indian puts out a much more arm-stretching low-end punch than the more evenly keeled Heritage Softail Classic.
- 2014 Harley Heritage Softail Classic Dyno Chart - Twin Cam 103B