Harley-Davidson Lowrider S: Reviewed

H-D gets it right with the new Dyna

There’s something radical and badass in a Dyna. You can see it when you watch the Unknown Industry dudes ride them, doing wheelies and perfectly controlled burnouts. You can see it when you go on @dynamitecrew or any of the other Instagram pages dedicated solely to this niche of high powered and proper handling cruiser. Harley has found whatever it is, and turned it way the hell up on the Lowrider S.

H-D Lowrider S
The Harley-Davidson Lowrider SSteve Franks

From my first moment on this bike, I knew that we were going to have some fun. As long as we didn’t get into trouble, which seemed just as likely. Dropping the clutch in a turn gave me a quick lesson on two-wheeled drifting, while bumping up my heart rate. The 110” puts out a neck-snapping 116ft/lb torque, which you feel through the full range of gears. There are bikes in the category that put out higher numbers, sure. But they’re not Harley-Davidsons. The sound, the rumble, the FEEL of this bike is everything.

The perfect black bike is a demonstration of balance. You need contrast to make things stand out. The little pop of red on the air cleaner, the gold wheels, the contrast cut on the fins of the engine. The styling is dark, minimal, menacing, and most of all, balanced.

Harley Lowrider S
Contrast-cut engine fins and an aggressive air cleaner on the new Lowrider SSteve Franks

This bike is built for aggressive riding from the front to back. Upgraded suspension, four-piston calipers on the dual front disc setup, and the ergonomics. Tall bars, mid-mounted foot controls and a low-profile seat give this bike the look and feel of a full high-performance trick-bike right off the factory floor. Not having your feet stretched out in front of you brings your center of gravity in, giving you more control in the twisties. The small fairing not only ads a rad custom look to the bike, it works wonders for cutting back on bobble-head at high speeds.

This is the bike I had been waiting for from the Motor Company. A comfortable, tight, aggressive cruiser with some serious guts. It holds a straight line like a surgeon. It looks badass right off the showroom floor, and most of all, it rides like no other Harley-Davidson model we’ve ever tested.

HD Lowrider S
The small fairing actually goes a long way when it comes to cutting back on buffeting from the wind.Steve Franks

Riding Impression - Jordan Mastagni

The Dyna Low Rider S is the type of bike we knew Harley was capable of producing. It just took a little bit of time for it to come to fruition. But after much anticipation, Harley’s Low Rider S is going to completely change the way consumers look at a factory Harley cruiser. Hell, it’s going to shift the traditional “cruiser” paradigm overall.

First thing’s first, the S is a pure badass. It makes you proud to be an American; almost makes me want to sport an American flag do-rag and a cutoff denim freedom shirt. But wait, that was the previous Harley rider. The new H-D crowd doesn’t care about such things. They care about function. They care about going fast and having fun. They care about most bang for the buck. And the S embodies just that, and the overall philosophy of why motorcycles are made in the first place. And I like that.

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Blacked out exhaust, paint and fork lowers on the new DynaSteve Franks

I made a comment when the Low Rider S first dropped that it was going to revolutionize the cruiser game in its entirety. Well, Harley came out swinging big time with the release of this power Dyna, and so far dealerships are selling out.

The 110 power plant, mid controls, upgraded front and rear suspension, the cupped solo seat; all make up what a muscle cruiser should be. And to top it off, the S is attractively styled to embody the clientele it’s going after: guys who care strictly about riding hard and fast. And we resonate with those guys here at Cruiser.

I had the opportunity to rip the twisties of Angeles Crest Highway when the S first launched to the US consumers. It’s still one of the most memorable rides I’ve taken to date (and I’ve ridden a lot of bikes). Not only did it handle like a motorcycle should, but it powered and stopped like a motorcycle should, too.

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Editor Morgan Gales, at 6'4" on the Lowrider S wearing the Simpson Ghost bandit.Steve Franks

Another great aspect of the overall bike is its styling. What else is there to do to a bike that is already sexy from the get-go? The gold wheels, gold Harley tank badging, minimal headlight cowling, all black aesthetic; the S just oozes cool straight from the factory.

I applaud Harley’s styling and design departments for delivering a motorcycle to the market that puts function and performance first, with subtle styling that revolves around just that. Kudos, H-D.

Specifications

H-D Dyna Lowrider S Pricing
Vivid Black $16,699
Security Option STD
ABS Option STD
Cruise Control Option STD
California Emissions $200
Freight $390
H-D Dyna Lowrider S Dimensions
Length 89.9 in.
Seat Height, Laden 726.6 in.
Ground Clearance 4.13 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg) 30.5
Trail 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 64.2 in.
Tires, Front Specification 100/90B19 57H
Tires, Rear Specification 160/70B17 73V
Fuel Capacity 4.7 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 3 qt.
Weight, As Shipped 646 lb.
Weight, In Running Order 674 lb.
H-D Dyna Lowrider S Engine
Engine Screamin' Eagle® Air-cooled, Twin Cam 110
Bore 4 in.
Stroke 4.374 in.
Displacement 110 cu in
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
H-D Dyna Lowrider S Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.311
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.454
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.793
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 3.882
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.307
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.79
H-D Dyna Lowrider S Chassis
Exhaust Blacked-out, Shotgun 2-1-2 collector exhaust with dual mufflers
Wheels, Front Type Magnum Gold, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type Magnum Gold, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type 4-piston fixed front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear
H-D Dyna Lowrider S Performance
Engine Torque Testing Method EEC/95/1
Engine Torque 116 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 29.5
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 30.5
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 544 mpg
H-D Dyna Lowrider S Electric
Lights (as per country regulation) Indicator Lamps, High beam, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, security system (standard), 6-speed, low fuel warnings, ABS
Gauges Speedo and tachometer mounted in a wrinkle black console mounted on the tank with a black trim ring