Following a two-year hiatus, the Harley-Davidson Low Rider S returns to the MoCo’s lineup.The 2020 model has more power and better handling over the previous model, the 2017 Low Rider S, which was a Dyna. Harley discontinued the Dyna lineup for 2018 and migrated many models over to Softail chassis.
“The look of the new Low Rider S is really rooted in the legacy of the Low Rider models of the 1980s, that has a devoted following which has spread worldwide from origins in Southern California, and in the recent Dyna-based Low Rider S model,” says Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling & Design.“We’ve applied that coastal style and performance-first attitude to the Softail chassis to create a Low Rider S that’s more powerful and agile than ever, with a heavy dose of tough-as-nails attitude.”Following are the fast facts about the 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S.1. The 2020 Low Rider S is updated with a rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight 114 (1868cc) engine that produces 119 ft/lbs of torque at 3000 rpm. The engine – upgraded over the 2017 Low Rider S’s Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 – arrives with a dual internally counter-balanced system that reduces engine vibration while maintaining the familiar Harley-Davidson pulse. The M8 114 is enhanced with a gloss black Ventilator air intake with an exposed filter element to improve airflow into the engine, and 2-into-2 offset shotgun mufflers.2. The Low Rider S is all about custom looks from the factory, which is highlighted by a one-inch diameter motocross-style handlebar on four-inch high straight risers, color-matched mini fairing and solo seat.3. To produce a mean stance, Harley replaced all bright finishes with black finishes, including:
Powertrain, primary cover, and tank console are finished in Wrinkle Black
Derby cover, intake, and lower rocker covers in Gloss Black
Mufflers and exhaust shields in Jet Black
Forks, triple-clamp, riser and handlebar, and rear fender supports in Matte Black
LED layback tail lamp has a smoked lens
4. Suspension duties on the Softail are handled by a 43mm inverted front fork and a single shock with emulsion technology and spring-preload adjustment. The shock is positioned at an optimized angle between the frame and swingarm for enhanced travel and response.5. The Low Rider S’s fork rake is reduced to 28 degrees from the 30-degree rake of the standard Low Rider model. Harley claims this will improve handling.6. Stopping the 2020 Low Rider S are dual 300mm discs up front, an upgrade over the single disc on the base Low Rider model. ABS is standard.7. The 2020 Harley Low Rider S rolls on cast-aluminum wheels (19-inch front and 16-inch rear) that are finished in Matte Dark Bronze and wrapped in Michelin Scorcher 31 tires.8. The 2020 Low Rider S is available in two solid color options: Vivid Black and Barracuda Silver.9. The base price begins at $17,999.Harley-Davidson has yet to report availability.
2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S Specs
Type: Milwaukee-Eight V-twin
Displacement: 114ci (1868cc)
Bore x stroke: 4.016” x 4.5”
Maximum torque: 119 ft/lbs @ 3000 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Valvetrain: Pushrod, 4vpc
Lubrication: Dry sump w/ oil cooler
Clutch: Mechanically actuated assist-and-slip
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Mild steel w/ cast aluminum swingarm
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable single-cartridge inverted 43mm fork; 5.1 inches
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!