Formerly part of the Dyna family, the Harley-Davidson Low Rider is now a Softail for 2018. The transition is a highly successful one, as the 2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider is an improved motorcycle in every way.The new Milwaukee-Eight 107 is tuned for torque in the Low Rider, pushing out 110 ft/lbs of stump pulling power at just 3000 rpm. The wheelbase is roomy and the rake relaxed, yet the Low Rider handles quite well thanks to the new stiffer Softail chassis and upgraded suspension.
The styling cues from the Dyna days carry over perfectly to the 2018 Low Rider, as it has a classic look and comfortable ergonomics. An LED headlight gives the 2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider a new look, as well as providing plenty of illumination on dark night excursions.Although there has been a move away from chrome, the Low Rider still has plenty of shiny stuff to catch the eye of anyone in the vicinity.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider
Type: Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin
Bore x stroke: 3.937” x 4.375”
Maximum torque: 110 ft/lbs @ 3000 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Valve train: Single-cam; 4 vpc
Cooling: Air and oil
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Front suspension: Showa Dual Bending Valve fork
Rear suspension: Spring-preload adjustable shock
Wheels: Cast aluminum
Front tire: 110/90-19; Michelin Scorcher 31
Rear tire: 180/70-16; Michelin Scorcher 31
Front brakes: Disc w/ 4-piston calipers
Rear brake: Disc
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 Colors/Prices:
Vivid Black: $14,999 MSRP
Wicked Red; Electric Blue; Bonneville Salt Pearl: $15,399 MSRP
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!