A New Generation: 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

“redefining performance for a new generation of riders”

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Riders have been begging Harley-Davidson to build another aggressive performance based bike like the legendary FXR and Harley-Davidson answered with the 2016 Low Rider S. Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Director of Styling said in the official press release “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.”  The 2016 Low Rider S is designed to connect the rider to the road with agile handling and superb power delivery. Could this be Harley-Davidson’s answer for connecting with a younger generation?

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Built to perform the Low Rider S is equipped with the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, Heavy Breather performance intake, and Fat Bob-style 20-into-1 exhaust. This machine has a claimed 115 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm and is the first non-CVO Dyna to be outfitted with this powerplant. To handle all the torque Harley-Davidson fitted the Low Rider S with a heavy-duty clutch.

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Fitted with a new upgraded suspension package the Low Rider S is dialed in to maintain tire-to-road contact and absorb small bumps. The braking package includes triple disc brakes with dual floating rotors in the front. Additionally the foot controls are mid-set for what seems would be better cornering clearance than the Softail S.

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This bike is designed to ride fast in the upright position that means more wind so Harley set the headlamp deeper into the speed screen which also gives the Low Rider S an aggressive face. The Low Rider S has a small cowling built around the headlight. The solo seat, chopped front and rear fenders, and side mount license plate keeps the bike tidy. The flat drag-style bars add attitude sitting on 5.5 inch risers. A black out theme is apparent but not overwhelming with sprinkles of gold trim and Magnum Gold lightweight cast-aluminum wheels paying homage to the cafe racers from the 1970’s. The personality of this motorcycle is apparent in the features alone, the performance completes the package for a new generation of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

We already know Harley-Davidson had proposed marketing changes as revealed in our recent blog “Harley-Davidson plan to step up appeal to women and young adults” but could the drop of this new bike designed to “redefine Harley-Davidson performance for a new generation of riders” be the answer? Let us know what you think!

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Courtesy of Motorcycle USA and Harley-Davidson

 

By | 2016-01-27T16:29:12+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |15 Comments

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15 Comments

  1. charles July 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Glad to see the return of the Low Rider. Now if HD would bring back the Super Glide!

  2. Piet Maljaars July 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Living in the Netherlands I own a Low Rider S since may 2016. It really is the best riding HD that I’ve ever owned. Now I’m just waiting for the black forward controls and the HD super tuner to be installed.

  3. Gary July 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I have been on sportbikes for most of my 45 years of riding.I just sold a 2013 ZX14R because at 63 I feel less need for 200 mph speed and 12,000 rpm to make horsepower. I always liked the Harley sound and even owned the 1st model year Buell Ulyssys, loved that bike. Now I’m looking for a new bike and unbelievably Harley might just have delivered the perfect bike for me at this stage of life. Still like lots of torque, it’s what makes riding fun and this one delivers in a package that not only is beautiful, but handles well and stops great. My only wish is that they had put a 240 tire on the rear. I’m hooked and I’ll most likely have one soon.

  4. Piet Maljaars February 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Living in the Netherlands and owning a Fat Bob 2013 I really want to order this Low Rider S, because the Low Rider S doesn’t need extra investments after being pulled out of the crate. This is just what I wanted for many years: Dyna & 110 SE engine, small screen, drag bar, speedo & tacho, nice gold wheels, solo seat, premium shocks, heavy breather, in the right colour black! Enjoy the ride!

  5. Char January 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Sounds and looks like a sweeeet bike! I think it will be a win with the generation for sure. Braaaaaaaaaaap ??

  6. David E January 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I tend to agree with Charles that the company doesn’t listen to the consumer like they used to not everyone is looking to purchase an Electra Glide, Road Glide or Street Glide style bike especially with a 28-30K price tag. Some of us still like the basic Harley look ( mine is a 2010 FXDC) love the lowered stance and the narrow front best handling Harley I have owned.

  7. Harry January 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Love the low seat and entire bike! I am 72 and getting shorter all the time. A bike like this might be the answer for us old sissies who still ride and love HDs .Bumbles

    • Charles January 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      The low seat height is what brought me to Harleys!

  8. Karen Kunkel January 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I agree that some changes need to be made but none that affect the performance of this awesome machine. I remember being able to buy a super glide in “82” for $2400. Alas, I sold it to pay for my doctorate. When I went to purchase a new one, all I could afford was a sportswriter. I have spent about 4,000 in modifications. It still needs one more modification as I want a wide back tire. In addition, I am displeased with the balance of it when compared to the low rider.At my age now, I am ready for a three wheeler and just can’t justify the purchase due to its price as I am retired. I definitely think that the cost needs to be lowered for both young and old. A new car can be bought for what Harley is charging for its new bikes!

  9. Karen Kunkel January 28, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I agree that some changes need to be made but none that affect the performance of this awesome machine. I remember being able to buy a super glide in “82” for $2400. Alas, I sold it to pay for my doctorate. When I went to purchase a new one, all I could afford was a sportswriter. I have spent about 4,000 in modifications. It still needs one more modification as I want a wide back tire. In addition, I am displeased with the balance of it when compared to the low rider.At my age now, I am ready for a three wheeler and just can’t justify the purchase due to its price as I am retired. I definitely think that the cost needs to be lowered for both young and old. A new car can be bought for what Harley is a sling for its new bikes!

  10. Frank G January 28, 2016 at 10:23 am

    If Harley wants to get back in the market they need design a water cooled engine for each model and find a way to lower their prices.

    • Charles January 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

      true Harleys arent water cooled. They do need to work on reducing price!!

  11. Steve Farkas January 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

    This bike is smokin hot ! Got to demo ride one ASAP.

  12. Charles January 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I bought my first Harley in 1980. I dont believe the company listens to customers like they used to. they dropped two of the best bikes they ever built! The Super glide and Softail Standard. I care too much for the”blacked out”models. Makes them look cheap! I think the path to high tech and all black is the wrong one. Who really needs GPS on a motorcycle?

  13. Buck H January 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I might be ready to trade up from my 2003 FXDX! Hopefully, it has a tach.

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