Low Rider S gets Sons of Anarchy treatment

Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of Anarchy

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.

READ OUR LOW RIDER REVIEW

As far as styling goes, we love the look.

However, there are some small glitches:

  • the back of the front cowl has been filled in with a blank piece of black plastic that looks fairly ugly and an after-thought;Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of Anarchy
  • the white bump stops on the black shocks look out of place; and
  • the Magnum Gold mag wheels look like dull undercoat paint.Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of AnarchyHarley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of Anarchy

They say the wheels pay homage to 1960s race cars and match the gold tank badge from the 1977 XLCR Café Racer model, but it just looks a little unfinished against the gloss black paintwork.

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.Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of Anarchy

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.

Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of Anarchy

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.Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of Anarchy

Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S FXDLS

  • Price: $25,995 (ride away)
  • Warranty: 2 years, unlimited mileage
  • Service: 1600/8000km
  • Engine: Air-cooled, 1801cc, 4-valve, pushrod Twin Cam 110
  • Power: Not available
  • Torque: 156Nm (115ft lb) @ 3500rpm
  • Bore x Stroke: 101.6 x 111.1mm
  • Compression: 9.2:1
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive, belt drive
  • Suspension: 49mm forks, Premium ride emulsion shocks
  • Length: 2390mm (94.1in)
  • Width: 900mm (35.4in)
  • Height: 1170mm (46.1in)
  • Seat: 685mm (27in)
  • Clearance: 125mm (4.9in)
  • Lean angle: 30.5 degrees (left), 29.5 degrees (right)
  • Rake/angle: 30.5°, 32°
  • Trail: 128.3mm (5.1in)
  • Wheelbase: 1630mm (64.2in)
  • Tyres: 100/90B19 57H; 160/70B17 73V; Michelin Scorcher
  • Fuel tank: 17.8L (4.7gal)
  • Wet weight: 305kg (672lbs)
  • Brakes: 300m twin discs, 4-piston fixed caliper; 292mm rear disc, 2-piston caliper, ABSHarley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S Sons of Anarchy

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