after five years away from the lineup, a Low Rider model has re-joined the Harley-Davidson ranks. This new Low Rider, a mid-year 2014 model priced at $14,199, traces its lineage back to the 1977 original, which is described by The Motor Company as a “ride-it-hard, put-it-away-dirty” type of bike that became an icon.
The Low Rider, known for catering to the no-B.S. rugged rider, now features the powerful Twin Cam 103 that produces 98.8 ft.-lb. of torque at 3500 rpm combined with a restyled Dyna chassis designed for “perfect-fit ergonomics.” And of course, Low means low, and the new bike arrives with a 25.4-inch seat height.
The Low Rider first arrived on the market in 1977 as an FXS, built on the legendary Super Glide chassis. The model immediately pleased, and it outsold all other Harley-Davidson motorcycles in its first year of production. The Low Rider remained popular throughout the years, but was discontinued following the 2009 model year. The bike then received quite a cult following, and it was only a matter of time before it returned.
The Low Rider rolls on split five-spoke cast aluminum wheels finished in wrinkle black with diamond cut highlights and shod with Michelin Scorcher tires. Dual front disc brakes slow the party down, and a 49mm fork and new coil-over rear shocks with tri-rate springs are tuned for comfort. Fuel capacity is 4.7 gallons.
To accommodate a wide range of riders, the Low Rider has mid-mount controls, a handlebar riser with 2.4 inches of adjustment and a two-position, 26.8-inch seat with a removable bolster that moves the rider 1.5 inches forward.