Complete Review-2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S!

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S – Overview

In 2016, Harley-Davidson introduced the Low Rider S, which signified a subculture.

Customers had been doing with the dual-shocked Big Twin since the initial Super Glide in 1971, and the first FXLRS exemplified that.

That final Dyna S model resulted from 45 years of manufacturer and aftermarket study and testing, and it showed.

So it felt strange to designate Softail models by legendary Dyna names like Street Bob and Low Rider when Harley-Davidson stopped manufacturing the Dyna brand for the model year 2018, and even stranger when the company debuted the 2020 Low Rider S.

The new S, on the other hand, has a distinct feel.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

When Harley-Davidson changed the name of the Low Rider S from Dyna to Softail in 2020, it seemed like the company was attempting to show that Softail could be used for high-performance customizing, an area where the Dyna was a cult favorite.

More high-performance components for these new Softails are now available in the aftermarket, more than four years after the Dyna was discontinued and the new series was introduced.

This trend has been fueled by the rise of V-twin racing, both in terms of popularity and product development.

In addition, more clients are pursuing “West Coast style” on their own, indicating that the Softail platform is being exploited.

And it’s a logical fit because the Softail platform outperforms the Dyna in practically every area when you look at the numbers or ride it.

Body & Aesthetic

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

The 2-to-1 exhaust, tank-mounted instruments, and mag wheels were symbols of earlier Low Rider models.

Some of these features were present on the 2020 Softail Low Rider S, but they have been reduced with each new S model.

After shifting the gauge system from the tank to above the handlebar riser, the only visible link between the ’22 Low Rider S and the original Low Rider (apart from the silhouette) is the font on the gas tank and mag wheels.

The FXLRS’ ergonomics are tight and aggressive, keeping with its club-style origins.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Four-inch risers support the moto handlebars, and mid-mounted footpegs keep the rider upright and straight-backed.

However, this seating posture irritates some taller motorcyclists, who prefer forward controls at 6-foot-4.

The mid-mounted rules allow shifting the rider’s weight while riding furiously around corners, rather than putting all of the importance on the buttocks as with forwarding controls.

When asked about the departure, project lead Dais Nagao suggested that it be thought of as the Low Rider’s grandchild.

Engine Specifications

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

There are two critical differences between the current Low Rider S and the 2020 model- a larger 117ci Milwaukee-Eight engine and a taller mono-shock.

The 117 in the FXLRS produces nearly 14 percent more horsepower and only two pound-feet more torque than the most recent 114ci Milwaukee-Eight, which belonged to a ‘21 Street Glide Special.

The power delivery is smooth at first, but plenty of it throughout the entire range.

From 500 rpm after idle to 500 rpm before redline, the 117 produces over 100 pound-feet of torque, culminating at 115 pound-feet at 3,200 rpm.

The M-8’s character does not change dramatically due to its larger size, but it does sound a little more full.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Also, the power supply is comparable; the difference is that there is more of it.

The engine of the FXLRS is more extensive and produces more power than any prior Low Rider.

In addition, on a more stable chassis, it has a greater available lean angle. As a result, it’s unquestionably superior to the Dyna on the road, both straight and through curves.

Oddly, performance is the second most relevant factor when comparing these “high-performance” H-D models.

If you wanted a speedy bike, you’d look at the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1, which is equally priced.

The Low Rider S compromises style and performance, with the former determining the latter.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S has a total displacement of 1,917cc, Oil/air-cooled engine.

The engine can deliver a max power of 94.8 hp @ 4,750 rpm and a max torque of 115.1 lb.-ft. @ 3,200 rpm.

It is mated with 6-speed manual gear transmission.

Brakes & Suspensions

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Harley-Davidson has added a taller monoshock to the 2022 model, adding almost half an inch of stroke, travel, ground clearance, and 1.2 degrees of increased lean angle.

The rear suspension is just preload adjustable and appears to have been tuned for a hot-rod riding experience.

Small lumps vanish. More significant, square-edged bumps are felt, but the seat is adequately shaped and padded enough to absorb any severe contact.

A 43 mm inverted fork with cartridge internals & a triple-rate spring sits up front.

The fork was distinct from the shock in terms of feel. While being driven into a canyon or mountain road, it was more soft and forgiving while still maintaining a solid rigid feel.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

However, the fork felt excessively soft while using the harsh brakes, causing more dive than desired.

The ’22 variant, like the preceding Low Rider S, has twin four-piston calipers and 300mm discs upfront.

A single twin-piston caliper and 292mm disc are in charge of rear-tire stopping.

The front brake lever has an excellent feeling until you activate the antilock braking system, at which point it will push back with consistent pulses while the ABS attempts to bring the bike to a stop.

The rear brake feel is a little hazy, but it’s there.

The Low Rider S comes to a complete stop from 60 mph in just over 135 feet, comparable to the Yamaha MT-09 SP or the Ducati Multistrada V4 S.

Center Console

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

The analog gauge system on the FXLRS feels a bit old, with a starting MSRP of $17,530.

The gauge in the rider’s sightline is still the same old analog one we’ve seen for years, although this bike is premium and has some of the best H-D offers.

A gorgeous full-color digital display is standard on the new Sportster S, which would have been an excellent touch to make this bike feel a little more current.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

On the other hand, techy gadgets may detract from the brutish hot-rod vibe that is alluring in this vehicle.

It’s still riding the same wave that propelled the original to fame six years ago.

H-D provided some design variance in the new ST model, released alongside this one.

Increased power and greater lean angle on a previously proven design are good as we see Harley-Davidson remodel the famous Sportster into a high-revving, trellis-framed modern machine.

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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
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