“I’d love to own a Harley but can’t afford one.” Can’t count how many times I’ve heard this statement. This was particularly true if you wanted anything above a Street or Sportster.

Harley-Davidson has made the gateway to ownership a little easier with the launch of the 2020 Softail Standard. With a starting price point of $13,599, it’s easily the most affordable Softail in the 2020 line. While the motorcycle has been pared down to a “standard,” there’s still a lot of good going on. Most notably is its Milwaukee-Eight 107. The dual-counterbalanced engine provides a proper blend of power and efficiency with output claimed to be 110 lb-ft. of torque at only 3,000 rpm. The price also gets you Harley’s new Softail frame which has improved handling immensely from the prior arrangement. Switching over to an emulsion mono-shock rear and updating the fork with dual bending valve tech boosted feel, turn-in, and comfort. In the lean and low form of the Softail Standard, this bike should really hustle.

The Milwaukee-Eight 107 used in the Softail Standard is all-black, down to un-machined cylinder heads. The round air cleaner is likewise black. The 2-into-2 offset shotgun exhaust, though, add a little sparkle to the black frame, 3.5-gallon tank, solo seat and fender struts. Like the pipes, the rocker, primary and timer covers are polished. The front-end has plenty of shiny stuff, too, including polished triple clamps, top clamp, riser, headlamp bezel, turn signals, and mini-ape handlebars. Lace wheels complete the Softail Standard’s classic look with a 19-incher up front and a 16-incher in back.

While the 2020 Softail Standard is a solid base platform, there’s plenty of room for customization. If you’d like to level up, Harley is offering four different custom packages with goodies from its Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories catalog. When ordered as a package, Harley offers them at a discounted price, but know that there’s an additional charge to have it installed at an authorized Harley dealer. The four packages are listed below.

Softail Standard with Day Tripper Package 

Day Tripper Custom Package ($1,409.95): Combine classic bobber style with next-level versatility by adding a pillion and a 21-inch detachable sissy bar with pad so a passenger can come along for the ride. This package also includes passenger footpegs and mounts, forward foot controls, and a black leather Single-Sided Swingarm Bag designed to hold essentials.

Softail Standard with Coastal Custom Package 

Coastal Custom Package ($1,599.95): Capture the elements of the performance-oriented, West Coast style. Components include a Softail Quarter Fairing, black anodized aluminum Moto Bar handlebar and matching 5.5-inch tall riser, a Bevel two-up seat and passenger footpegs, and BMX-style foot pegs from the rugged 80GRIT Collection.

Touring Custom Package ($1,699.95): This package outfits the Softail Standard model for the long haul, with a comfortable Sundowner two-up seat and passenger footpegs, a 14-inch-high light smoke quick-release windshield, classic black Detachables saddlebags, and a 14.5-inch detachable sissy bar and backrest pad.

Performance Custom Package ($1,299.95): Amplify throttle response and mid-range acceleration with a Screamin’ Eagle Stage II Torque kit for the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine and a Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner to dial it in. Complete the package with a free-flowing Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner and Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers for a deep-bass exhaust note. It’s a 50-state street legal, factory-engineered performance upgrade that retains the original equipment factory warranty when installed by an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.

2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Specs:

ENGINE

ENGINE: Milwaukee-Eight 107

ENGINE TORQUE TESTING METHOD: J1349

ENGINE TORQUE: 110 ft-lb

ENGINE TORQUE (RPM): 3000

BORE/STROKE: 3.937 in. X 4.374 in.

DISPLACEMENT: 107 cu. in.

COMPRESSION RATIO: 10.0:1

FUEL SYSTEM: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

EXHAUST: 2-into-2 shotgun; catalyst in muffler

DRIVE TRAIN

PRIMARY DRIVE: Chain, 34/46 ratio

DIMENSIONS

LENGTH: 91.3 in.

SEAT HEIGHT, LADEN: 25.8 in.

GROUND CLEARANCE: 4.9 in.

RAKE: 30

TRAIL: 6.2 in.

WHEELBASE: 64.2 in.

FUEL CAPACITY: 3.5 gal.

OIL CAPACITY (W/FILTER): 5 qt.

WEIGHT, AS SHIPPED: 642 lb.

WEIGHT, IN RUNNING ORDER: 655 lb.

LEAN ANGLE, RIGHT (DEG.): 28.5

LEAN ANGLE, LEFT (DEG.): 28.5

FUEL ECONOMY

Estimated City/Hwy: 47 mpg

CHASSIS

WHEELS, FRONT: Chrome, Steel Laced

WHEELS, REAR: Chrome, Steel Laced

BRAKES, CALIPER TYPE: 4-piston fixed front and 2-piston floating rear

TIRES, FRONT: 100/90B19,57H,BW

TIRES, REAR: 150/80B16,77H,BW