The Auburn Auction

Lot 1163
1997 Harley-Davidson FLSTS Heritage Springer

Selling on Friday

1997 Harley-Davidson FLSTS Heritage Springer
Offered from The Dakota Discoveries Collection


• First year for the Heritage Springer honoring the ’48 Panhead
• A one-owner bike with just 5,975 miles
• Desirable late 1997 bike with desriable white paint and blue trim
• Includes display carpet and mirrors, manuals, bike cover and battery tender

80 cid (1340cc) Evolution V-twin engine, five-speed gearbox, springer front suspension, single coil spring rear suspension, front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 63”

The FLSTS Heritage Springer was introduced by Harley-Davidson in 1997 as a replacement for the FLSTN Heritage Softail. Unlike the FXSTS Softail Springer, the FLSTS Heritage Springer was equipped with a 16-inch front wheel rather than the 21-inch. It also came with a number of period-style features, like saddlebags with matching fringe, whitewall tires, and passing lamps to give it the look of a '48 FL Panhead. The '97-'99 model years had the exciting Evolution motor with a five-speed gearbox, mated with the traditional closed primary chain case. The Evolution uses a dual fire ignition which fires both cylinders at the same time although one piston would not be at the optimal compression stroke. Traditional carbs empty the 4.2-gallon tank, and the FLSTS sounds just like…..wait for it…..a vintage Harley!

Since then, this example—one of just 9,717 produced—has only been ridden just 5,975 miles. Harley-Davidson designed the Heritage model to evoke its past, and the air-cooled 80 cubic-inch V-twin holds no surprises for Harley-Davidson riders in 2019, just as it would have felt familiar to riders in 1948 as well. “Motorcycle Cruiser” magazine said of the 1997 model when it debuted, “To punctuate the vintage styling of the Heritage Springer, Harley’s designers included plenty of retro touches and features. Full fenders swoop around fat tires with wide whitewalls.” While the Softail chassis looked like a hardtail, it doesn’t ride like one. The Springer front end is refined and utilizes a 16-inch wheel faithful to history, while the rear features a single shock for handling that was noted at the time as “exceptionally stable.”

This one stands ready for any long ride, or certain entry into any bike show. The Birch White paint motif is classic, with matching blue basket-weaved leather saddlebags, plenty of chrome and many special features. Our consignor equipped it with a windscreen, and it was senior citizen-owned and ridden from new. Bid with confidence, and you’ll soon be out celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Easy Rider in a glorious Born To Be Wild moment out on the open road.

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