2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob FXBB Softail Test Ride

  • Published on Jul 19, 2018
  • Today we take a test ride on the 2018 Street Bob. Out of the new softails, this one by far impressed me the most. I was completely blown away by the power and handling of this new softail.
    HUGE shout out to Alamo City Harley Davidson for allowing me the opportunity to ride this machine. Check them out at bit.ly/2maQWtR

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Comments • 120

  • KenZurc MotoVlog
    KenZurc MotoVlog 5 hours ago

    Very nice Bike

  • Amrish Kumar
    Amrish Kumar 3 months ago

    Do you think its a good beginners bike for someone who has never ridden a motorcycle before and I am going to take my msf motorcycle course soon

  • Casey vidrine
    Casey vidrine 4 months ago +1

    I think the street Bob is a much smaller and easy to use for anyone like my self

  • Shane McAllister
    Shane McAllister 4 months ago +1

    The Demi red paint is awesome

  • Steel Horse Country
    Steel Horse Country 4 months ago

    Street Bob not made for long trips wrong. Back in the day riders would ride a chopper long fork to Sturgis. I rode a 1200 Sportster from Hudson WI to South Carolina on interstate, I added a windshield So one could add a windshield and a sundowner seat to the Street Bob and tour on. Yeah a bigger bike would be better. In the spring I'm getting a Low Rider for local and touring on. A You Tube man rides his Low Rider all over and long trips check out Back Road Biker Adventures channel on You Tube

  • Inside Line Competition
    Inside Line Competition 5 months ago +1

    I've had mine since May, and absolutely love it. The stock bars work surprisingly well in twisty sections, but adding a fairing and a new seat helped out huge. As for the 3.5 Gal tank, my personal best is 316kms, or 196 miles. Still had a litre of fuel left. Also, that's with a Stage 1 using Powervision, S and S Stealth and a TBR Gen 2. That's pretty decent range...

  • CreedX360
    CreedX360 6 months ago

    How would you compare this bike to a fat Bob?

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  6 months ago

      Fat Bob is definitely more nimble but a totally different riding position. Definitely an apples to oranges comparison

  • littlerooster99
    littlerooster99 6 months ago

    Can you change the riser since it got the speedo on it

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  6 months ago

      Yes you just need to extend the wires

  • dennis B
    dennis B 8 months ago

    Do the fat bob please

  • Ted Locklear
    Ted Locklear 8 months ago +1

    So when are you going to test ride the 2018 Harley fat bob???????

  • Zombie Aficionado
    Zombie Aficionado 8 months ago

    Hey! Im pretty sure I just bought this bike today and pick it up Saturday! If anyone in the San Antonio area is shopping for a bike hit up Neil! Super awesome guy and willing to bend over backwards to put you on a bike! Awesome review and keep up the BA vids!

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  8 months ago +1

      Awesome man congrats on the new bike! Be sure to let the dealership know BNB sent ya 😉

  • Half Dog
    Half Dog 9 months ago

    Give me a center console and same thank size as the 2017 model and I'll be happy. The digital odometer ruins it for me, I just can't.

    • alpenjon
      alpenjon 5 months ago

      From videos and photos, I felt the same, but seeing it in person I really liked it :)

  • Krazed Rider
    Krazed Rider 9 months ago +4

    Got it since March
    same color as this video, loved it
    107 Street Bob = "Iron 883 on steroid"

  • Jonathan Barbosa
    Jonathan Barbosa 9 months ago

    Great review.
    This is one of the bikes i am really considering after i take my riders course.
    I just hope my short self can touch the floor lol. I am only 5’3” 😂

  • al go
    al go 9 months ago

    I got about 12000 miles on mine. Love it.

  • madfzr
    madfzr 9 months ago

    Nice video. We own a 2018 fxbb 107 M8 It is a 3.5GAL not 5 GAL. IT is torquey, comfortable. windy on freeway with stock bars. we went with a memphis shades gauntlet, memphis headlight block, quick release trigger lock kit. Takes lot of wind off. 2018 M8 suspension way better than my 17 forty eight or sporty was. Spot on with the stock seat review. We got the vance & hines twin slash slip ons.

    • madfzr
      madfzr 9 months ago

      To my knowledge. Have not found HD Forward controls for the fxbb. So i went with the 2018 FLSL softail slim for my bike. Way different steering, feels with forward controls, footboards. You forgot to mention the FXBB and FLSL both have an amazing 28.5° lean angle better ground clearance than 2017s

  • Kim K
    Kim K 9 months ago

    Some beginners have rode three wheeler and four wheeler, some dirt bikes, and some have rode "scooters" and are ready to make the plunge. Some have no experience at all and want to ride and look to your wise words for suggestions! Great review!

  • Kevin Taddeo
    Kevin Taddeo 9 months ago +1

    I LOVE how you can actually see what's in the mirror vs. the old vibration in the mirrors what a change.

  • Thomas Mears
    Thomas Mears 9 months ago

    Great review brother! I'd love to see you do one with the new slim. I'm stuck between the street Bob and slim, if love to hear your thoughts.

  • Ronnie Red
    Ronnie Red 9 months ago +3

    I love mine. Road warrior fairing, vance and hines exhaust, lucky daves tbars, and saddlemen explorer seat. Very happy with the M8

  • niconjones
    niconjones 9 months ago

    I appreciate the time you took to review this, but those things are uglier than sin. It looks like a Yamaha VMAX. The tank is hideous, the pegs are positioned weird and it doesn’t feel like a Harley. You’re better off buying used and building your bike. Anything prior to 2017 is the way to go. As for me, I will never buy a new Harley. Good Job Harley, you eliminated the Dyna line up and alienated your core base. Ugly overpriced bikes that the working class can no longer afford....great job!

  • Doug S
    Doug S 9 months ago

    Love your channel. Great review. I have an 18 FXBB added forwards from a Breakout (6'1"), T bars, qtr fairing, two brothers 2-1 exhaust and stage 1. Also, went with BMC corbin custom seat. Love it.

  • StreetBobberVlogger
    StreetBobberVlogger 9 months ago

    Glad you like my bike lol! I opted for crash bars and kept the mids! If you wanna see a club style FXBB you should go check out my channel 👌

  • Spectre223
    Spectre223 9 months ago

    Nice review, keep them coming. Also do you have any plans to test and compare the non-Harley competition, stuff like Triumph's new Speedmaster or other cruisers, or some of the offerings from Indian?

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago +1

      If the opportunity presents itself yes

  • Zen
    Zen 9 months ago

    Really like the video and look forward to seeing your look into the newer models! I just got an Iron 883 about a month and a half ago and I believe I was told I can trade it in anytime within the first year to get the amount I paid in that time frame back. I could have misunderstood though!

    • Zen
      Zen 9 months ago

      Ahh ok yeah I see what you mean!

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago +1

      Its true but it has to be a qualified model. It was my understanding that all new sportsters qualified but of course there's all sorts of small print

  • P Williams
    P Williams 9 months ago

    Tank swap with the tank from the Softail slim and it would even better.

  • Dyna 302
    Dyna 302 9 months ago

    Good review... I have a 17 street bob as well looks almost identical to yours except the back bags I have t sports... on this bike I love the engine not a huge fan of how it sounds though with exhaust doesnt scream harley to me and deff dont like the tank but I've seen a couple built like ours and they can look good with a suitcase of money

  • Dueydidit
    Dueydidit 9 months ago +2

    Nice review bro alot of folk gripping about no more dyna but once one gets past that i think harley made an awsome choice on fully revamping the softail/dyna line into what it is now

  • Sportster1771
    Sportster1771 9 months ago +3

    Really don’t like the look!! Tank looks strange without that dash for me, speedo also doesn’t scream Harley to me.. not a big fan wrong direction for me from Harley-Davidson 👎

    • Jeramy Vierk
      Jeramy Vierk 5 months ago

      Ride not read. Fucking autocorrect

    • Jeramy Vierk
      Jeramy Vierk 5 months ago

      Well since a couple people are having a pissing contest I’ll just add this. I have the 2018 street bob blacked out. Everyone I meet including other Harley riders says it’s a bad ass looking bike. As far as performance it’s bad ass. It’s fast with torque for days and handles like a dream. I’m in Northern California so a lot of the routes I ride are pretty twisty. This bike handles it with ease. This bike looks and handles like a boss.
      I read pretty aggressively and I get over 170 miles per tank so that smaller tank is not an issue. I like the gauges on the tank but also like this digital display because it’s a totally clean look.
      If you haven’t ridden one you really shouldn’t shit talk it. Ride it, then if you hate it you have something to base your opinion on

    • Sportster1771
      Sportster1771 8 months ago

      Mr. Borjas Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

    • Mr. Borjas
      Mr. Borjas 8 months ago

      Sportster1771 lmao. You keep responding with elementary sentences now to a random person on RU-clip that doesn't care

    • Sportster1771
      Sportster1771 8 months ago

      Mr. Borjas I don’t doubt that for a minute, a major in being an idiot maybe!!

  • guerra379
    guerra379 9 months ago

    Good review.

  • Jacob Witt
    Jacob Witt 9 months ago

    What’s your take on a Harley low rider s

  • Robert Boshell
    Robert Boshell 9 months ago

    Great vids buddy thanks for helping with my questions earlier today! 😁

  • Tom rebel
    Tom rebel 9 months ago +1

    Fuck yes! I love my FXBB.

    • Tom rebel
      Tom rebel 9 months ago

      It's like a dream after my Iron 883. It's light compared to the other Softails, I think the 114 would be seriously overkill in that bike.

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago +1

      It really shocked the hell out of me. Expectations vs. What I got
      This bike wins out of the 2018 softails in that category.

  • WoodyOn2Wheels
    WoodyOn2Wheels 9 months ago

    What kind of shoes and gloves are you wearing? I dig them. Pretty cool.

    • WoodyOn2Wheels
      WoodyOn2Wheels 9 months ago

      Bike N' Bird I sure will! Thanks!

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago +1

      Hey Woody! All my gear is linked in the description 😁 let me know if you have any questions

  • wildbill13s
    wildbill13s 9 months ago

    How does it not kill every guy who's owned a harley, that there's that big ugly radiator up front? That makes it look like every metric cruiser out there except for yamaha. It's a deal breaker for me. I'll take the clunk into first. I've listened to a few of M8's and they dont even sound like a Harley anymore. Also for the price.. not a fan. Great review though.

    • Uncle Ken
      Uncle Ken 9 months ago +2

      wildbill13s You're right, times are changing and Harley needs to catch up. The definition of insanity, is, doing the exact same fucking thing over and over again, expecting shit to change. Harley isn't Coke or Pepsi in the fact that their recipe is expected to remain the same. If that was the case then we'd still have the 1905 motorcycles. Times change and companies have to change with it. The masses want cooler running, less vibration, more efficient engines.

    • wildbill13s
      wildbill13s 9 months ago

      I understand what you guys are saying, and to each their own. My point is, their big twins were air cooled since the beginning. The clunk never bothers me. If you spend any real time on a motorcycle, you get used to the unique character that WAS harley davidson. They used to be quirky, run hot, and they were over engineered (pre twin cam). Above all, they did their own thing. Now they're just like the metrics. My wifes 2012 72 sporty sounded better stock than a stock m8. I dont hear the harley "tumble" in the exhaust note. You can put pipes on it but that doesnt change that. I guess it bothers me that they're following the crowd instead of doing what they did for a century. Dylan said it best, "times they are a changin'. Peace brothers. Thanks for the replies.

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago +3

      Ill take the cooler engine with a radiator any day. These M8s run SO much cooler that the twin cams. I can sacrifice a little of the "classic" look for a better performing motor

    • Uncle Ken
      Uncle Ken 9 months ago +2

      wildbill13s This is Harley answering the complaints of the market. Especially first time owners. When you buy a $20k machine you expect certain things to be refined and Harley did just that. That clunk can be unnerving and the heat has ALWAYS been an issue. The Harley shake isn't appreciated either these days and find me a stock Harley that sounds good right off the floor. Everyone adds slip-ons or full exhaust anyway.

  • Lucas Nelson
    Lucas Nelson 9 months ago

    3.5 gal? 3.3 on a sporty? 🧐 why? Now I can go the same mileage as a new 2018 street bob

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago

      That was a question a lot of people asked. Harley's answer was they wanted a slimmer tank profile.

    • Lucas Nelson
      Lucas Nelson 9 months ago

      I get 50+ mpg out of my 04 carbed 1200. Actually ran out of gas at 163 miles before. But I’m only 180 lbs with gear

  • H1N1 Grunt
    H1N1 Grunt 9 months ago

    I test rode this before the Fat Bob. I liked it but it just didn't feel right for me...

  • heliarc 43
    heliarc 43 9 months ago

    Liked the test ride video can you do one on a 2018 Breakout

    • heliarc 43
      heliarc 43 9 months ago

      Ok cool man like to see it ..and congratulations on everything going right you

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago

      Yes. It will be coming out in a couple of weeks

    • heliarc 43
      heliarc 43 9 months ago

      Did you get video of that ride I am looking for a new on not sure what I want yet though

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago

      Unfortunately I didnt have the opportunity to ride the Breakout but I did get to ride the fat boy which is very similar

  • Trav Gebhardt
    Trav Gebhardt 9 months ago

    Can't wait for more test rides!

  • John Ellerby
    John Ellerby 9 months ago

    I have forwards on mine at 6’1 and love the bike even more 👌🏼

  • Will TEN
    Will TEN 9 months ago +9

    Whats up blockhea....bikenbird?

  • Zachary Fett
    Zachary Fett 9 months ago

    That display looks really tiny. Not sure if that’s how it looks in real life or if that’s just how the camera makes it seem.

    • alpenjon
      alpenjon 5 months ago

      Can confirm, ideal size.

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago

      Definitely the camera. Wide angle lens. Its very easy to read.

  • Robert Sanderson
    Robert Sanderson 9 months ago

    I've ridden the whole 2018 line-up and ended up with a 2018 FatBoy S. I love the look of the Street Bob, but I found the rider triangle to be too crunched up for me. In my opinion, the pegs were just too high for "forward" mid-controls. I was seriously loving the feel of the Low Rider though. That was a great ride, but the looks and boards on the Fat Boy won me over.

  • Candy
    Candy 9 months ago +3

    Fantastic video! Looking forward to more test rides. Keep up the premium content BnB!

  • SckippyDee
    SckippyDee 9 months ago

    I agree a t-bar would be better. But you say it’d be an easy install. I’m not so sure. That digital display looks like an issue to me with a t-bar setup. Great channel 👍

    • Isaiah Henry
      Isaiah Henry 9 months ago +1

      I have 12” risers on my 18 and it was super easy

    • 19JUN67 19JUN67
      19JUN67 19JUN67 9 months ago +1

      I have it my 2018 not bad at all

    • Ari Velez
      Ari Velez 9 months ago +1

      SckippyDee Bung King has a 10” riser that will fit the new Street Bob.

  • TzeiEm
    TzeiEm 9 months ago

    I guess the M8 is a very good engine, but when I test rode this bike last year I didn't like the riding position or the look of this bike. Dyna Street Bob is one of the most beautiful bikes in my mind, but this one does not look good. If I could get a Dyna Street Bob with the M8 engine fitted in, it would be the best combination.

  • dj ricks
    dj ricks 9 months ago +2

    Absolutely love mine, display sucks in the 3 o'clock texas sun behind you though

  • Neil Hendley
    Neil Hendley 9 months ago +1

    Enjoyed your review. Thanks.

  • SkidPig
    SkidPig 9 months ago +3

    Lovin the new into Bro!!! Congrats on the partnership 🍻🍻🍻🤙

    • SkidPig
      SkidPig 9 months ago

      Bike N' Bird Thank you Sir

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago +1

      Definitely grabs the eye more. Congrats man!

    • SkidPig
      SkidPig 9 months ago

      Bike N' Bird yeah mate, what do you think? I’m nearly at 1000!subs now 🤙

    • Bike N' Bird
      Bike N' Bird  9 months ago

      Thank you sir! Is that a new logo??

    BOMBER 9 months ago +2

    150 rear 🤨 thats sportster size...should be 170..

    • Tom rebel
      Tom rebel 9 months ago

      It's more nimble this way. No downside. Maybe esthetics.

  • Mister Grey
    Mister Grey 9 months ago +8

    The last street bob was a 2017 Dyna, they should have called this something else. Give me that Harley Shake over this any day, I just had the opportunity to test drive a 2017 and a 2018 and they were actually very close in price, got to tell you I'm definitely a dyna man. The more I see of the 2018 the more I'm happy with my choice getting a 2017.

    • Greg Ratcliffe
      Greg Ratcliffe Month ago

      Til u ride to the coast n get left behind sore

    • Mr. Borjas
      Mr. Borjas 8 months ago

      You're the reason harley is failing.

    • Julian Johnstone
      Julian Johnstone 9 months ago

      it has the oil tank under the transmission so its a dyna with a softail swingarm

    • creepyyy
      creepyyy 9 months ago +1

      I rode a 18 Sportster and a 18 Slim, liked the sportster way more, the softail didnt feel like a harley at all...even tho im not used to riding harleys

  • Nory
    Nory 9 months ago

    I want!

  • Shane l
    Shane l 9 months ago

    heck yea man get them demo rides!