2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S First Look

Bryan Harley | January 27, 2016

Harley-Davidson is reigniting the displacement wars with the release of the new Low Rider S. The latest addition to its Dyna range is equipped with the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, a forward-facing Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather performance intake and Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust. The 2016 Low Rider S is the first non-CVO Dyna to be outfitted with Harley’s stompin’ powerplant, good for a claimed 115 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. It joins the 2016 Softail Slim S and 2016 Fat Boy S in Harley-Davidson’s S Series of Twin Cam 110-powered cruisers. We sense some back tire roasting in the near future.

“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 in the official press release. “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.”

2016 Harley Low Rider S

Since Richards mentions the 2016 Low Rider S in the same breath as what many consider the best-handling Harley ever, the FXR, it’s encouraging to see the new Dyna with upgraded suspension and brakes. According to Harley, the Low Rider S receives “Premium Ride nitrogen gas-charged emulsion shocks and a Premium Ride cartridge fork.” Harley says the suspension package is dialed in to “react quickly to small bumps and keep tires in contact with the road surface.” The braking package includes triple disc brakes, the front with dual floating rotors, teamed to standard ABS (both of the other “S” model cruisers have a single front rotor). We noticed the foot controls are mid-set and the twin pipes run below them, so we’re hoping the Low Rider S has better cornering clearance than the Softail “S” cruisers.

The powertrain of the Low Rider S includes Harley’s 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission and a heavy-duty clutch that should be capable of handling the abundant amounts of torque. The powertrain package and pipes are finished in a combination of gloss black and wrinkle black powdercoating. Power will be modulated by electronic throttle control and cruise control is included as a standard feature.

2016 Low Rider S Twin Cam 110

The 2016 Harley Low Rider S is powered by a Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather performance intake and Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust that deliver a claimed 115 lb-ft of peak torque at 3500 rpm.

“When you ride fast in this upright position, you need a little wind protection,” said Harley-Davidson Senior Stylist Dais Nagao in company PR. “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.”

The small cowling built around the headlight provides a little club-bike vibe. The solo seat, set at 26.6-inches, is new. Both front and rear fenders are chopped down a bit, while a side-mount license plate keeps the rear tidy. The flat drag-style bars sit on 5.5-inch risers.

2016 Harley Low Rider S

Black is the theme of this bike. From risers to fork clamps to back fender struts, blacked-out. Harley did sprinkle in a little gold trim in the form of new Magnum Gold lightweight cast-aluminum wheels, “a finish inspired by the gold-tone magnesium wheels used on race cars in the 1960s,” and a gold tank badge said to pay “homage to the 1977 XLCR Café Racer” to break up the otherwise all-black bike. Pricing for the 2016 Low Rider S has been set at $16,699.

Harley-Davidson unveiled the first FXS Low Rider at Daytona Beach Bike Week in 1977. Powered by a Shovelhead engine, the front fork was extended and rear shocks shortened. Like the new Low Rider S, it had drag-style bars. The original Low Rider helped launch Harley’s factory custom concept, this torch passed on to the latest Low Rider S.

2016 Harley Low Rider S exhaust

The powertrain package and pipes of the 2016 Low Rider S are finished in a combination of gloss black and wrinkle black powdercoating.

Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.