- H-D’s greatest engine, the Milwaukee-Eight 117
- Conventional cruiser look, sound, and really feel
- Wonderful clutch and throttle really feel
- Single rider solely
- Restricted cornering clearance
- Small/obscure instrumentation
The Low Rider S is a wonderful instance of a contemporary Harley-Davidson Large Twin. It’s massive and loud, however easy and refined all on the similar time.
The Low Rider S was launched as an extension of the Dyna platform, then as a Softail in 2020. That preliminary Softail mannequin has been refined and up to date for 2022 with out shedding the muscular character and traditional type that outlined earlier LR S fashions.
The Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine is well-tuned and robust. Ergonomics are considerably tight for extra relaxed rides, however nice for shifting your weight round in corners—at the very least in comparison with different H-D fashions. Sadly, cornering clearance remains to be considerably restricted.
The S is a superb instance of the excessive degree of match and end we anticipate from Harley-Davidson. Paint is easy and glossy, cables and wires are all neatly tucked away, and there’s no muddle, making it simple to concentrate on the bike’s total kind and efficiency.
Updates for 2022
For 2022, Harley-Davidson geared up the Low Rider S with its greatest engine but, upgrading from the Milwaukee-Eight 114 to the 117.
The ‘22 S now has a small digital sprint system built-in into the handlebar riser, in addition to a barely taller monoshock that provides an inch of journey within the rear.
Pricing and Variants
The 2022 Low Rider S in Vivid Black begins at $17,530. Gunship Grey will set you again an extra $450.
Direct opponents for Harley-Davidson’s Low Rider S could be Indian’s Chief Bobber Dark Horse, the Ducati XDiavel, and new Ducati Diavel.
Take into account that success on this house is about balancing efficiency with type, and every of those bikes convey a bit one thing totally different to the desk.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
Harley-Davidson’s 2022 Low Rider S is powered by the model’s largest powerplant, the Milwaukee-Eight 117.
The engine is robust and loud with tons of torque out there instantly from idle. However whereas it’s each bit a hot-rod engine, the powerplant feels surprisingly easy and refined on the highway.
“Preliminary energy supply may be very easy however there’s loads of energy on faucet all through the working vary,” Cycle World testers mentioned in a first test on the bike. The 117 produces over 100 lb.-ft. of torque from 500 rpm after idle to 500 rpm earlier than redline, peaking at 115 lb.-ft. at 3,200 rpm. The character of the M-8 doesn’t change drastically with the elevated measurement, however sounds extra full. Additionally, energy supply feels comparable; there’s simply extra of it.
The Low Rider S is constructed on a tubular metal body with a 43mm inverted fork and a single rear shock. Updates for 2022 see a brand new, longer monoshock that provides a half inch of stroke and a full inch of journey.
“The fork had a distinct really feel than the shock,” Cycle World commented throughout testing. “It was extra plush and forgiving, however nonetheless maintained a pleasant agency really feel whereas being pushed by way of a canyon or mountain highway. The fork solely felt too delicate on arduous brake utility, which might result in extra dive than is most well-liked.”
Braking duties are dealt with by twin four-piston calipers on 300mm discs on the entrance and a single two-piston caliper on a 292mm disc within the rear.
Really feel on the entrance brake lever is outstanding till you activate ABS, then it’s going to push again with regular pulses because the system works to cease the bike. Rear brake really feel is obscure however current. In testing, the Low Rider S stopped from 60 mph in simply over 135 toes, on par with the performance-oriented bikes just like the Yamaha MT-09 SP or a Ducati Multistrada V4 S. An attention-grabbing comparability, positive, but it surely highlights the efficiency capabilities of the Low Rider S.
Ergonomics: Consolation and Utility
Mid-mounted foot controls and a straight bar on excessive risers put the rider in an upright place with their toes beneath their knees. Some taller riders could discover this cramped, however aggressive riders usually desire this stance to the extra relaxed forward-control-equipped ergos.
Issues on the Low Rider S are saved deliberately analog. The gauge system is minimal and tucked into the handlebar riser. ABS comes commonplace, however there is no such thing as a traction management.
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
The Low Rider S comes with a two-year guarantee.
Harley-Davidson units a excessive commonplace for match and end, which is exemplified within the Low Rider S. Paint is easy and top quality. Wires and hoses are neatly tucked out of the way in which. The S has a sturdy and everlasting really feel, whereas nonetheless feeling high-end.
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S Specs
|MSRP:||$17,530 / $17,980 (Gunship Grey)|
|Bore x Stroke:||103.5 x 114.3mm|
|Cycle World Measured Horsepower:||94.8 hp @ 4,750 rpm|
|Cycle World Measured Torque:||115.1 lb.-ft. @ 3,200 rpm|
|Gas System:||Digital Sequential Port Gas Injection|
|Entrance Suspension:||43mm inverted cartridge fork|
|Rear Suspension:||Coilover shock, spring preload adjustable|
|Entrance Brake:||4-piston caliper, 300mm discs w/ ABS|
|Rear Brake:||2-piston floating caliper, 292mm discs w/ ABS|
|Wheels, Entrance/Rear:||Radiate forged aluminum; 19 in./16 in.|
|Tires, Entrance/Rear:||Michelin Scorcher 31; 110/90B-19 / 180/70B-16|
|Floor Clearance:||5.7 in.|
|Seat Top:||28.2 in.|
|Gas Capability:||5.0 gal.|
|Claimed Moist Weight:||679 lb.|