2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
“redefining performance for a new generation of riders”
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?
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.
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.
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!
Courtesy of Motorcycle USA and Harley-Davidson