First Look: 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider
After a five-year absence from its lineup, Harley-Davidson has brought the Low Rider back as a mid-year 2014 model. And the newly restyled Dyna cruiser returns with increased performance and improved ergonomics.
The revived Low Rider received an upgrade from its Twin Cam 96 to the now standard Harley-Davidson Twin Cam 103, a powerplant that is rated at 99 foot pounds of torque at 3500 rpm. It also comes with Harley’s Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), Automatic Compression Release (ACR), and a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission.
In addition to increasing the Low Rider’s performance, Harley-Davidson’s engineers also focused on improving its ergonomics to fit a wide range of riders. So they outfitted the Low Rider with the added features to achieve what Harley refers to as the “perfect fit” rider position: A two-position seat, an adjustable handlebar riser, and foot pegs that are two inches farther forward from its mid mount position.
The two-position seat has a removable bolster, secured by two concealed screws that can move the rider forwards or backwards by 1.5 inches. To further accommodate a variety of riders, the handlebars have a range of adjustment of 2.4 inches that can be performed by the dealer. Harley also lowered the seat height by 1.4 inches to 25.4 inches.
Another change to the Low Rider was giving it a two-into-one exhaust system as opposed its 2009 predecessor’s two-into-two system. The Low Rider features 49mm forks and new coil-over rear shocks, both with tri-rate springs. It has aluminum cast wheels with a split five-spoke design and dual disc front brakes with ABS available as a factory installed option.
There is three color options available: Vivid Black (MSRP $14,199) or the two-tone options of Brilliant Silver/ Vivid Black and Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black (MSRP $14,929).