Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Harley's new Dyna Blends Performance with Attitude

Harley's new Dyna Low Rider S
Harley-Davidson's new Low Rider S is one mean machineHarley-Davidson

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company's new 2016 Low Rider S fits right in line with what's trending in the V-Twin motorcycle world. Maybe it's because everything on H-D's new Dyna family member has been outfitted with the essentials to make it ride fast, handle well, and offer aggressive styling that matches the overall function.

And the timing couldn't be more perfect. If there's one thing riders are craving more than ever from their cruisers, it's performance.

Those essential elements begin with the powertrain. Harley-Davidson's Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine is a beast. And it was a no-brainer for the Low Rider S. Equipped with a Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather performance intake and Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust, this engine pounds out 115 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3500 rpm. A heavy-duty clutch delivers that power to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission. Cruise control enabled by electronic throttle control is standard equipment. The entire powertrain and exhaust is finished in a combination of gloss black and wrinkle black powdercoat.

“When you ride fast in this upright position, you need a little wind protection,” said Harley-Davidson Senior Stylist Dais Nagao. “Then the way we inset the headlamp deeper into the speed screen gives the Low Rider S an aggressive face. It’s a powerful way to communicate the personality of the motorcycle.”

Harley's 110ci Twin Comes standard on the Dyna Low Rider S
The Dyna Low Rider S comes equipped with the ashphalt-shredding 110ci Twin CamHarley-Davidson

Powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, the Low Rider S model joins the recently released Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S models as the third member of Harley-Davidson’s S Series cruiser lineup, bikes designed to deliver maximum performance with styling inspired by global custom motorcycle culture.

“Riders have been asking when Harley-Davidson would build another aggressive, performance-based bike like the legendary FXR models,” said Harley-Davidson Director of Styling Brad Richards. “This is our answer to that question. 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. We wanted to really connect the rider to the road by delivering instantaneous power and agile handling with a bike that’s trimmed to the essentials.”

Also, a gold tank badge spruces up the overall blacked out paint scheme in just the right places, and pays a well-deserved homage to one of Harley's coolest motorcycles to date, the 1977 XLCR Café Racer model.

The Low Rider S front wheel
The Lowrider S is outifitted with dual front calipers/rotors to give it more feel when needed.Harley-Davidson

The new Magnum Gold lightweight cast-aluminum wheels were inspired by the gold-tone magnesium wheels used on race cars in the '60s. The Low Rider S model is equipped to be as maneuverable as it is powerful. Premium Ride nitrogen gas-charged emulsion shocks and a Premium Ride cartridge fork deliver exceptional handling and comfort. Front and rear suspension components react quickly to small bumps and keep the tires in contact with the road surface for confident, controlled handling and braking performance. Triple disc brakes with dual floating front rotors are equipped with standard Anti-Lock Braking System.

Harley's new Premium Ride Shocks on the Low Rider S
Harley's Low Rider S has been outfitted with Premium Ride Suspension straight from the factory.Courtesy Harley-Davidson

A new solo seat, flat drag bar on 5.5-inch-tall risers and mid-mount controls put the rider in an aggressive hands-up position square over the pegs. Seat height remains low, at 26.6 inches.

Harley's Low Rider S Solo Seat
The Lowrider S solo scooped seat offers tons of support in the back with the right amount of comfort.Harley-Davidson