Nevertheless, the biggest change that the Low Rider S comes with is the ‘Milwaukee 114’ V-twin engine which has a displacement of 1868cc; up from 1,745cc on the standard model. Harley has worked on making the engine much smoother and it is evident right from cranking up the motor which awakens with a solid rumble. The exhaust too has a bassy note that exemplifies the Low Rider S’ focus on performance. Now, the bump in displacement has also increased the torque.
The Milwaukee 114 mill puts out 155Nm as compared to the Milwaukee 107’s 145Nm output. And with loads of torque available all through the rev band, the Low Rider S feels unfazed doing 130kmph or even 40kmph on the fourth gear. The motorcycle does have vibrations on the footpegs and handlebar, but it wouldn’t threaten to leave your hands numb at any point.
The Low Rider S also offers a slightly more upright riding position courtesy the flatter handlebar which sits on four-inch risers. On the other hand, the footpegs continue to be forward-set. Harley has also given the Low Rider S a solo rider seat that replaces the pillion-accommodating seat on the standard Low Rider. Overall, this makes for an aggressive and sporty riding position. On the twisties, the Low Rider S feels agile and flickable, its reduced rake angle and newly found inverted forks contributing majorly to the experience.
However, on the downside, the riding posture can make it strenuous on long highway rides. The braking setup which consists of dual discs up front accompanied by ABS do a pretty great job of offering good bite and stopping power as well.