Harley-Davidson has unveiled two new motorcycles, dubbed the Low Rider and the SuperLow 1200T.
Neither of these bikes are based on new concepts. The original Low Rider first appeared in Harley-Davidson’s lineup back in 1977, and influenced much of the competition’s lineup as well (does anyone remember Kawasaki’s LTD series, or Yamaha’s Special series?). The new Low Rider is supposed to draw a lot of its influence from that old bike; it’s got cast aluminum wheels, a headlight visor, mid-controls, and it’s based around their Twin-Cam 103 motor. The bike has a 2-1 exhaust and a six-speed gearbox.
Supposedly, those mid-controls combine with a two-position seat that’s intended to make this bike fit a wide range of riders. Harley-Davidson says their engineering and styling departments worked together on this project to make a machine that looked good, but was comfortable to ride as well.
The new Low Rider will be available in black, silver/black and amber/black. There’s dual-disc brakes up front (ABS is optional), and it rolls on Michelin Scorchers.
The SuperLow 1200T isn’t an entirely new concept either; Harley-Davidson says this is the first time they’ve combined their SuperLow chassis with their 1200 EVO motor. Supposedly, this bike is designed to be a Sportster that can handle touring duties, weighing 53.5 kg less than the lightest Big Twin touring bike.
Touring features lockable, quick-detach saddlebags and a quick-detach windshield, a Reduced Reach touring seat and mini-floorboards. ABS and a security system are optional extras.
There’s a 320 mm front brake (with dual piston caliper), and a 260 mm disc brake in back. Available colours are black, orange and white/white.
We don’t have an MSRP for the new bikes yet, but we should have a review coming from Costa very shortly.
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