First Look: 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Low, dark and big: The all-black Low Rider S gets Harley’s 110ci engine at last!

Black Beauty

The Low Rider S is all black from tip to tail, save for the Magnum Gold cast-aluminum wheels and gold Harley-Davidson badge.Photo provided by Harley-Davidson

Just when you thought you'd seen everything new from Harley-Davidson 's 2016 lineup, the Low Rider S sneaks in as the newest member of the S Series Cruiser family, along with the new CVO Pro Street Breakout . These join the previously released 2016 Softail Slim S and the Fat Boy S . With Harley's largest-displacement Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, pushing 115 pound-feet of torque, this Low Rider surpasses the standard model's power by 13 percent even if it's only about 7 percent larger.

110ci of American power

The Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 110 in the Low Rider S is the largest-displacement H-D factory-installed engine. The 110ci V-Twin powerhouse pumps out 115 foot pounds of torque, 13 percent more than the standard Low Rider.Photo provided by Harley-Davidson

The engine breathes by way of a Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather (we’re not making this up) performance intake and Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust, all finished in a black gloss and wrinkle powdercoat.

Low Ridin'

The solo saddle on the Low Rider S is at an easily accessible height of 26.6 inches.Photo provided by Harley Davidson

The Low Rider S comes equipped with Premium Ride cartridge fork and nitrogen gas-charged emulsion shocks. Triple disc brakes bring the cruiser to a stop with dual floating front rotors, which come standard with ABS. The new solo saddle is positioned at an approachable height of 26.6 inches. Combined with a flat drag bar on 5.5-inch risers, the Low Rider S puts the rider in an upright, commanding position. A unique headlight-cradling speed screen helps diffuse the wind, and gives the bike an aggressive front.

Race-inspired Wheels

The Magnum Gold lightweight cast-aluminum wheels were inspired by 1960s race car magnesium wheels.Photo provided by Harley-Davidson

Completing the dusky theme, Harley offers the Low Rider S in one color: Vivid Black. Magnum Gold cast-aluminum wheels pay homage to 1960s race car magnesium wheels, which coordinate well with the 1977 XLCR Café Racer- inspired tank badge. The new Low Rider S is offered at $16,699—the least expensive of all the S models in the line—and will hit showroom floors March 2016.

Black on Black

Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust is finished in black powdercoat. Premium Ride nitrogen gas-charged emulsion shocks are also finished in gloss black.Photo provided by Harley-Davidson

Aggressive Face

A distinctive speed screen gives the Low Rider S some wind protection.Photo provided by Harley-Davidson

Neat and Tidy

Chopped rear fender, side-mount license plate, and single saddle give a tidy appearance to the rear end.Photo provided by Harley-Davidson

Commanding Stance

Solo seat, flat drag bar, and mid-mount controls give an aggressive upright riding position.Photo provided by Harley-Davidson