2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider Review | 10 Fast Facts

2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider colors8. Braking power has improved. Four-piston calipers clamping onto a single rotor in the front, and a single rotor with a floating caliper in the rear, make up the braking hardware on the Low Rider. Brake feel is progressive and does require a decent two-fingered pull if you want to get on the binders, however, both brakes can be modulated well.

9. ABS is a $795 option on the 2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider. We are not shy about our support of electronic aids. After all, they help us and the consumer keep the shiny (or matte) side up. Harley’s ABS package doesn’t impede the ride in the least bit or activate prematurely, especially when it comes to the front brake. Harley-Davidson’s ABS does allow the rear wheel to chirp a bit before activating. That’s when you know you should probably start backing the pace off or, better yet, smooth out all your inputs.

10. The Low Rider legacy has only gotten better. Thanks to the Softail update, the Low Rider has shed every negative quality it had in terms of performance and handling. Its handling prowess has been elevated, but for the average motorcycle rider, comfort has improved dramatically.

The subtle Low Rider has always been the foundation for countless builds, ranging from the lavish customs to the sport-bike-hunting canyon carver. The new Softail platform satisfies those urges, without coloring too far out of the Harley-Davidson lines, leaving room for enthusiasts to put their personal spin on things and allow the Low Rider to truly flourish.

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RIDING STYLE

2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider Specs

ENGINE

  • Type: Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin
  • Displacement: 107ci
  • Bore x stroke: 3.937” x 4.374”
  • Maximum torque: 107 ft/lbs @ 3500 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 10.0:1
  • Valve train: Single-cam; 4 vpc
  • Exhaust: 2-into-1-into-2
  • Cooling: Air and oil
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Primary drive: Chain
  • Final drive: Belt

CHASSIS

  • Front suspension: Non-adjustable Showa fork
  • Rear suspension: Spring-preload adjustable shock
  • Wheels: Cast aluminum
  • Front tire: 110/90-19; Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher 31
  • Rear tire: 180/70-16; Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher 31
  • Front brakes: Single disc w/ fixed 4-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: Single disc w/ floating 2-piston caliper
  • ABS: Optional ($795)

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 64.2 inches
  • Rake: 30 degrees
  • Trail: 6.4 inches
  • Seat height: 27.2 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 5 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 47 mpg
  • Curb weight: 661 pounds

2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider Color/Prices (MSRP):

  • Vivid Black: $14,999
  • Wicked Red; Electric Blue; Bonneville Salt Pearl: $15,399 MSRP

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