Harley-Davidson is getting down for 2014
The new Low Rider brings a classic name back to the lineup, along with easy-to-ride features injected with 1970’s style.
Based on the company’s Dyna model, the Low Rider is fitted with a low-mounted, two-person seat that slides 1.5-inches fore and aft, along with handlebars that offer 2.4 inches of adjustment to make the bike more accessible to shorter riders. It’s powered by the Dyna’s familiar Twin Cam 103 engine breathing through a two-into-one exhaust that pumps 98.8 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed transmission, all finished in a combination of chrome and wrinkle black paint. A combination of twin front disc brakes (with optional ABS) and split five-spoke, mag-style wheels further set it apart, along with a polished headlamp visor.
Vivid Black paint is standard at the Low Rider’s starting price of $14,199, while two-tone models add Brillant Silver or Amber Whiskey to the mix. The Low Rider makes its public debut at Daytona Bike Week this week, and is on the way to showrooms across the country.
The two new motorcycles in the 2014 line-up, are the Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T. The Low Rider is a retro-styled model from H-D’s Dyna lineup, which returns from a five-year hiatus. The SuperLow 1200T is a tour-ready member of the Sportster family. These two bikes, along with the Street and Project Rushmore mounts previously announced, make 2014 the largest model-launch year in The Motor Company’s history.
“It’s been a fantastic six months for us,” said Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson Motor Company President and Chief Operating Officer. “First Project RUSHMORE, then Harley-Davidson Street, now the new SuperLow 1200T and Low Rider models — all are the result of being customer led and delivering riders the technical prowess and rebellious spirit that they want infused in each and every new Harley.”
The original Low Rider was based on the mount first introduced to the world in 1977 in Daytona Beach. This new iteration of the Low Rider sources Harley’s rubber-mounted, air-cooled Twin Cam 103 fed by Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection – with the previous edition utilizing H-D’s Twin Cam 96. The Dyna chassis is suspended by 49mm forks and twin shocks out back, both of which come with tri-rate springs. It rolls on classically-designed five-spoke cast aluminum wheels finished in wrinkle black with diamond-cut highlights. The vintage wheels are wrapped with new Michelin Scorcher rubber and a beefy chrome 2-into-1 exhaust exhales spent gasses in Harley’s characteristically throaty tone.
The Low Rider’s ergonomics were a primary focus for Harley’s design team, and are the area in which the new machine stands out most from its Dyna brethren. Paul Weiss served as lead engineer on the Low Rider project and worked to optimize comfort for riders anywhere between 5’1” and 6’1”.
Styling touches include a chrome-plated battery box and rear fender strut, a polished front end, suspended front headlight and custom ignition switch located on the left side of the motorcycle. ABS and the H-D Smart Security System are available as options, and some markets will also be able to choose chrome, steel-laced wheels as well. There will be three colorways available, a Vivid Black (MSRP $14,199), two-tone Brilliant Silver/Vivid Black and two-tone Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black. Two-tone color options are priced at $14,929.
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