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Harley-Davidson Low Rider [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,745 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight305 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 13,66,480

Harley-Davidson Low Rider [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Harley-Davidson Low Rider [2018-2019] Summary

Low Rider [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,745 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 305 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 19.1 litres

About Low Rider [2018-2019]

The Low Rider is a model in the Softail range of Harley-Davidsons - meaning that even though it looks like the rear has no suspension, it actually does. This is one of the design elements that has changed for the 2018 Low Rider; the outgoing model had twin rear shocks. The front forks are Showa dual bending valve forks. However, this is the first time the Indian market has this model, and we suppose the company hopes that it will become a favourite of customisers in India as it has in its home market.

The Low Rider will be powered by the Milwaukee Eight 107 engine, which displaces 1746cc and generates 149Nm at 3000rpm. Power is delivered via  six-speed gearbox and belt drive. The current Low Rider is quite an improvement over the model it replaces; the frame is 34 per cent stiffer, and overall weight has been reduced by 14.5kg. If you don't want to go for the full-fat, full-size Fat Boy, the Low Rider will do just as well but will be easier on the pocket and in traffic.
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Harley-Davidson Low Rider [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • The v-twin engine is torquey and refined
    • Has great road presence
    • Offers a comfortable riding position
  • Could be Better

    • Low-speed ride isn't great
    • Has low ground clearance
    • Brakes could offer better feel

BikeWale's Take

The Low Rider is a proper Harley-Davidson is every way. It has a comfortable seat and seating ergonomics, loads of chrome and a V-twin. Now the V-Twin on the Low Rider is refined and has a slick-shifting gearbox. Although on the down side, the Low-Rider takes its name seriously and offers low ground clearance and the 300kg-plus kerb weight isn't much of a boon in the city either.

Harley-Davidson Low Rider [2018-2019] Review

Harley plans to add the Low Rider S to its Softail portfolio by launching it in India sometime soon and invited us to ride the motorcycle around Malaga, Spain. And we tried to figure out what separates the regular from the special.

Introduction

Harley-Davidson Low Rider Action

Harley-Davidson already has the Low Rider on sale in Indian showrooms. But the Low Rider S is something different. The ‘S’ suffix denotes ‘special’ and it gets several changes to make it stand out from the standard version. 

So, Harley plans to add the Low Rider S to its Softail portfolio by launching it in India sometime in the next couple of months and invited us to ride the motorcycle around the mountain twisties and wide highways of Malaga, Spain. And we tried to figure out what separates the regular from the special. 

The Visuals

Harley-Davidson Low Rider Left Side

The Low Rider S shares its underpinnings with the Low Rider. However, taking the dark custom motorcycle route in terms of styling, the Low Rider S is a proper contrast to the standard model’s classic chrome-laden bodywork. Besides the tasteful-looking, all-black mirrors, turn signals, instrument cluster cowl and suspension, the Low Rider S also sports a headlamp cowl which adds to the custom appeal. 

Harley-Davidson Low Rider Headlamps

Furthermore, in comparison to the vivid and more retro-flavored colour palette of the standard model, the S has more subtle paint options to go with the theme. Harley is offering the Low Rider S in black and grey which come with bronze finished wheels.

The Package

Harley-Davidson Low Rider Action

In terms of features, the Low Rider S is also better equipped than the Low Rider. While the full-LED headlamp adds credibility to the aesthetics, the dual disc brake setup for the front and inverted forks fill in for performance. Well, that is all there is to talk about when it comes to additional equipment on the Low Rider S.   

The Ride

Harley-Davidson Low Rider Action

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.  

Harley-Davidson Low Rider Action

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.   

Our Take

Harley-Davidson Low Rider left rear three quarter

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider S is for someone looking for a sporty-looking cruiser for comfortable intercity riding. As a product, the Low Rider S offers all the necessary equipment. Coupled with the potent Milwaukee 114 motor, and revised riding position it also provides a pleasant riding experience. When launched in India, the Low Rider will demand a premium of around Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakhs above the standard model which costs Rs 13.69 lakhs (ex-showroom).   

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power --

    Max Torque 144 Nm @ 3,000 rpm

    Cooling System --

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,745 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 100 mm

    Stroke 111.1 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder --

    Compression Ratio 10.0:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 19.1 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 3.8 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size --

    Front Tyre Size 110/90B19,62H,BW

    Rear Tyre Size 180/70B16,77H,BW

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size --

    Calliper Type Front-4 Piston Rear-2 Piston Calliper

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension --

    Rear Suspension --

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 305 kg

    Overall Length 2,360 mm

    Overall Width 965 mm

    Wheelbase 1,630 mm

    Ground Clearance 130 mm

    Seat Height 680 mm

    Overall Height 1,155 mm

    Chassis Type --

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Harley-Davidson Low Rider [2018-2019] User Reviews

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  • 5

    Visual Appeal

  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 4

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  •  5Brilliant bike 2 years ago by Ashutosh Panda, Bhubaneswar

    It's a good choice for you,if u want a bike....It's useful for tour and off-roading .....Great bike i am owning since 2 year and it's very useful to me......It have a great look and it's performance in off-roading was brilliant.....It's maintenance cost was not very cos

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