2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider First Look

March 6, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Harley-Davidson has added two new motorcycles to its 2014 line-up, 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.”

Harley-Davidson Low Rider

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”.

“We wanted the new Low Rider to offer an expanded comfort envelope, and worked in three stages toward that goal,” said Weiss. “We started with live feedback from riders of all sizes, and then employed Pro/Engineer computer simulations of posture and riding positions to project the best locations for rider controls.

“We next had to design solutions we could put into production. Inspired by the idea that you’d adjust a car seat to meet the controls, we devised the two-position Low Rider seat that can move the rider forward or backward 1.5 inches. By next adding handlebar adjustability, we were able to accommodate the riders in our defined comfort envelope. The final change was relocating the footpegs two inches forward of the previous Dyna mid-mount position.”

The handlebar risers provide 2.4 inches of adjustment and seat height is 26.8 inches.

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.


2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider First Look
2014 H-D SuperLow 1200T First Look

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