Since 1980 the FL touring line has used one frame and swingarm. But after years of analyzing customer feedback H-D has finally seen fit to completely redesign it, and with good result. The new chassis allows for greater luggage and load capacity, improved handling, more passenger room, decreased exhaust heat, and longer rear tire life. The frame and swingarm are constructed with a combination of steel castings, stampings, forgings and tubing, with an overall increase in torsional rigidity. The frame is also longer and the swingarm is wider, allowing the use of a 180mm tire, up from the previous 150mm. The wider rear tire contributes to both the larger load capacity-70 pounds-and increased tire life. Tire wear is further improved by way of a multicompound carcass with a harder compound in the center of the tread, while softer rubber on the sides provides better cornering grip. The fatter tire has resulted in the rear of the bike being 30mm wider, and with no change in saddlebag width. The rear subframe is a bolt-on assembly, allowing for greater precision in the main frame's alignment during fabrication, less expensive damage repairs, and modularity of the frame itself. While the forks and shocks look the same on the outside, the insides now have different springs and damping rates to provide a smoother and more controlled ride. The forks are held in redesigned triple clamps that increase trail and provide more straight-line stability. The exhaust has been changed to a 2-into-1-into-2 design with the rear cylinder's header angling forward and down into a collector with the front cylinder's exhaust, and a crossover pipe going underneath the motorcycle to the left-side muffler, eliminating the left-side pipe. The engine is unchanged, but there are now two mounts at the front of the frame, significantly reducing engine vibration at idle.