With FXRs and Dynas clearly the most popular canvases in the custom-bike scene these days, it’s no surprise that Harley-Davidson has released its newest member of the “S” series line in this flavor, the Low Rider S.
“Riders have been asking when Harley-Davidson would build another aggressive, performance-based bike like the legendary FXR models,” said Harley-Davidson Director of Styling Brad Richards. “This is our answer to that question. The Low Rider S is informed by the current tall-bike custom trend and our own styling heritage, but also seeks to redefine Harley-Davidson performance for a new generation of riders. We wanted to really connect the rider to the road by delivering instantaneous power and agile handling with a bike that’s trimmed to the essentials.”
While the Low Rider S features the tall stance that is currently popular, it’s the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, upgraded brakes, and suspension, that give it “S”-line credibility. At its core, the big 110 engine produces a claimed 115 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3500 rpm (a 13-percent bump from the standard Low Rider’s 103). A heavy-duty clutch puts the power to the ground via a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission.
Out back, those twin shocks are nitrogen-gas charged Premium Ride units, while a cartridge fork resides up front. Triple disc brakes, feature floating front discs and are equipped as standard with ABS. Providing the stance are a flat bar sitting atop 5.5-inch-tall risers, mid-mount foot controls, and an ultra low 26.6 inch solo seat. Wind protection is provided by a speed screen: “When you ride fast in this upright position, you need a little wind protection,” said Harley-Davidson Senior Stylist Dais Nagao. “Then the way we inset the headlamp deeper into the speed screen gives the Low Rider S an aggressive face. It’s a powerful way to communicate the personality of the motorcycle.”
The only finish that makes sense is black, so that’s the only one available on the Low Rider S. Just about everything is blacked out other than the cast-aluminum wheels, which are finished in Magnum Gold.
Check back for pricing and an upcoming First Ride Review in early March.