There is more than a hint of Sons of Anarchy styling in the new Harley-Davidson Low Rider S fitted with the 110-cube Screamin’ Eagle engine.
It has the Sons of Anarchy bikini fairing, the all-black colour scheme, solo seat, mid-mount controls and raised drag bars that have the rider punching their bare knuckles aggressively into the wind.
All this turns the 1970s-style FXS Dyna into a more modern machine.
The FXDLS Low Rider S is the third Harley to get the Screamin’ Eagle 110 cube engine from the CVO range after the 2016 Fat Boy S and Slim S.
It has the same price margin of $2500, making it $25,995 on the road, which is a bargain given the 110 engine would normally cost about $6000 to fit as an aftermarket upgrade.
But there is more than just some styling updates and a thumping engine in the S model.
The suspension has been upgraded with “premium ride” nitrogen gas-charged emulsion rear shocks; it has the smart key fob so you just hit the “kill switch” and thumb the ignition; because it has fly-by-wire throttle it comes with cruise control; and it now has ABS fitted as standard.
So the bike goes, stops and rides a little better than the standard Low Rider.
The Low Rider S is an aggressive around-town charger with 156Nm of torque which is 1Nm more than a Hayabsa and, for a cruiser, it’s in a relatively svelte read-to-rock frame.
And with the massive Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather air filter sucking vast amounts of air and the Fat Bob side-mounted wrinkle black powdercoated exhaust, it’s a symphony of growling aggression. Not enough to upset the neighbours, but enough to let them know you’re on the prowl.
Highway cruising is possible, but with the gorilla riding position, it’s not very comfortable and the small bikini fairing doesn’t really provide any wind protection.
Thankfully, it’s one of the most comfortable cruiser seats around.
You can have the Low Rider S in any colour you like so long as it’s Vivid Black. And no SOA prospect would want it any other way.