2014-1/2 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider | FIRST LOOK

The MoCo brings back a new Low Rider for a mid-year release on the Dyna Glide platform

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He’s been “on hiatus” for five years now, Harley code for laying low and letting the law get bored with the chase. But now’s the time for a triumphant return. Welcome back, Low Rider.

Rolling on the Dyna Glide chassis, the Low Rider follows the path cut by the original in 1977: low, lean, purposeful, and modestly in-your-face styling. But now it’s styling with science—ergonomic science, that is.

You see, Harley’s fitted the Low Rider with “perfect fit” ergonomics, supposedly the result of customer surveys and clinics that underpinned the firm’s Project Rushmore bikes. For the Low Rider, this means a two-position adjustable seat (via a movable butt bolster with 1.5 inches of throw), adjustable handlebar risers, and foot pegs positioned two inches forward of their traditional “mid mount” position. That’s the Goldilocks approach: Not as far ahead of the rider as true forward controls yet offering more legroom that conventional mid mounts. Despite all that, Harley hasn’t raised the seat—it remains just 25.4 inches off the asphalt.

As with all Dynas, the Low Rider gets motivation from the air-cooled, 103-inch V-twin with ride-by-wire electronic fuel injection, a six-speed gearbox, and a two-into-one exhaust said to recall the bad-boy mentality of the original Low Rider. (Well, as bad boy as our government standards allow, anyway.) Other details include highlighted cast-aluminum wheels, triple disc brakes with ABS as an option, and a polished fork.

MSRP for the 2014 Dyna Low Rider starts at $14,199.

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