I always viewed the Softail's pull-shocks as a black eye on the Harley-Davidson lineup. I saw it as a big flag saying "We Put Form Before Function," opting to tuck the shock underneath the engine which didn't provide even close to the same damping as the twin-shocked cruiser or touring models, not to mention better-handling mono-shocked metrics. Sure the Softail managed to pull off the clean lines of a hardtail motorcycle while integrating suspension, but after so many years without an update it has started to feel neglected. Softails were the bike to have for a while but as riders shifted to more aggressive styles of riding, the Softail just couldn't keep up and they leaned heavier on Dynas. Then I heard whispers that the Dyna line might be dying, but I knew it wouldn't happen without an adequate performance-minded replacement. The new bikes are not your old Softail, and they're not a "new Dyna." This is a set of new bikes, and they're awesome.