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2000 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic: “[With] the coming of the new millennium and the incorporation of the new Harley Twin Cam 88B engine into the Softails, [not] only do we get the more powerful, 1,450cc V-twin that was introduced to the rest of the Big Twin line for 1999, but for waiting an extra year the Softails also receive a pair of counter-rotating, gear-driven counterbalancers in their engines that effectively cancel most of the primary vibration which intrudes upon their rides. Moreover, a stiffer chassis and better brakes as well as numerous other refinements put all of the Softails on a level playing field with the competition for the first time. Among the new or significantly changed bikes for 2000, to our minds the Heritage has achieved the most, and is therefor our Bike of the Year. // In our opinion the most versatile and beautiful machine in the Softail lineup is the Heritage model, which complements its comfortable riding position and fully valenced fenders with an easily removable windscreen and leather-covered hard saddlebags. Not only can you take the Heritage for short rides with comfort and convenience as well as the Harley sound, power and mystique, but now the TC88B engine makes long trips a smooth, enjoyable experience as well, for all types of cruiser enthusiasts, not merely Harley devotees.” (Rider, June 2000; photo courtesy Harley-Davidson)

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