3 March 2016 | 6:14 am
Harley-Davidson’s S-branded models are have always placed added emphasis on performance and style, and today I’m testing the latest addition to the lineup, the 2016 Low Rider S, out in North Hollywood and the local mountains.
As with the S models that came before it, the Low Rider S gets upgrades for more power, improved styling, and better handling, with the biggest additions being its Screamin’ Eagle 110 ci engine, Premium Ride suspension, Heavy Breather intake, and cruise control. There’s more updates, like a new 5.5-inch handlebar riser, solo seat, and chopped fenders, and quite honestly, since I first laid eyes on this thing last night at the technical presentation I haven’t stopped thinking that it could very well be one of the better-looking bikes in Harley-Davidson’s lineup.
A few miles in and already loving the power-to-weight ratio on the Low Rider S. All the power you need, and bike runs smooth. #HD #LowRiderS
— Bradley Adams (@CW_Badams) March 3, 2016
I’m happy to admit that the lust hasn’t worn off after a few hours in the saddle, either, with the Low Rider S hitting on all the main points that Harley said it would almost from the minute I threw a leg over it this morning. It’s clearly more powerful, yet still relatively light-handling and stops okay (though not great, I’ll admit).
More than that, it’s still comfortable, with the new solo seat and handlebar providing a slightly more aggressive riding position, but not one that has me wishing I was heading straight to a chiropractor’s office instead of home.
I had done right around 200 miles by the time I had to hand the key back an hour or so ago, and yet still hadn’t made enemies with the seat, which Harley staff is telling me was inspired by the seat/tail fairing of an XR750, but is no doubt thinner and more firm than the one on the Low Rider, which I sat on earlier in the day for comparison sake.
So it’s more performance-oriented, looks better (depending on…
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