The 2014 model year marks the return of a legend to the Harley-Davidson lineup. The Low Rider benefits from the latest upgrades to the Dyna family (frame, transmission, brakes) while retaining all the thrills that made this nameplate famous, starting with the exquisite rumble of its torque-y and feisty Twim Cam 103. It's an invitation to rock the countryside to the unique beat of the all-American engine.
The aptly named 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider
has a splendid slammed look with an ultra-low centre of gravity (the seat is just 680mm high) that plays a decisive role in its handling. There's never been a more accessible cruiser of this engine size. Despite a 1,690cc V-twin, the Low Rider proves just as easy to ride as a medium-displacement rival. The improved 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission makes the experience even sweeter. And if you're a shorter rider, the optional seat will put you closer to the handlebars.
Low Rider is unexpectedly sporty
The 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider has plenty of torque and flexibility to deliver strong acceleration from ultra-low revs and therefore limit gear shifts. You'll never grow tired of the way it pins you to the back of the seat; it might just be the definition of a motorcycling orgasm.
Thanks to a 19” front tire, 30.5-degree rake, 128.3mm trail, and almost natural riding position, the 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider is quite nimble and playful -- unquestionably the sportiest bike to come out of Milwaukee this year. You can confidently attack corners at will, and it doesn't matter if you're riding with a passenger. Generous ground clearance (by cruiser standards) even allows you to put some zest into it.
At all times you can count on the 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider's powerful brakes with available ABS ($960). No need to use the rear one to enjoy safe braking distances during solo riding; heck, just two fingers on the lever will do the trick when approaching a curve or performing an emergency stop. Too bad the tank-mounted speedometer forces you to take your eyes off the road, however.
Not for the faint of heart
|Powered by the same engine as the old 2009 model, the 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider has plenty of torque and flexibility to deliver strong acceleration from ultra-low revs and therefore limit gear shifts. (Photo: France Ouellet)
While the slammed rear profile looks great, it does affect ride quality on rough pavement. On the other hand, the more compliant front fork nicely soaks up road imperfections, yet remains free of an excessive, momentum-killing nosedive.
That being said, it's all about what you feel and hear. If you're looking for a smooth and silent steed, consider one of the brand's touring models instead. Like any good Dyna, the rumbling and pulsating 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider will resonate through your core, delivering thrills and sounds any seasoned rider will surely appreciate.
|That being said, it's all about what you feel and hear. If you're looking for a smooth and silent steed, consider one of the brand's touring models instead. (Photo: France Ouellet)
- Delightful thrills and sounds
- Sporty dynamics
- Iconic styling
- Powerful brakes with available ABS
- Tank-mounted speedometer
- Stiff rear suspension
- Not for the faint of heart