In preparation for MY2022, Harley-Davidson repowered its Harley-Davidson 2022 Low Rider S Cruisers model with their most significant production Mil-8 engine. The overall appearance remains consistent, with the front-end configuration evoking a West Coast/club atmosphere. Blackout paint completes the image by giving the “S” a menacing undertone and a handcrafted appearance.
Harley-Davidson 2022 Low Rider S Cruisers – Features and Specs
The tall uprights on the new cut-down front fender, a little café-tactic bullet fairing, and high-rise handlebar-clamp risers raise the pilot’s paws into the mini-ape zone although the not-so-high-lift handlebar is all carried over from the last year’s Low Rider S.
The first significant change from last year may be found here. To complete the package, the instrumentation was relocated from the tank console to the handlebar as a circular gauge that chains an analog tachometer including digital “everything else” and an array of idiot lights. Not only does this improve visibility without taking your eyes off the road or highway for too long, but it also cleans up the fly line since the fuel tank is replaced with a vestigial, low-profile cover with minimal impact on the top bars.
The deep-scoop solo seat stays unchanged, but it rides a half-inch higher than its predecessor this year, at 27 inches off the deck after the rear-end squats when you mount, assuming you have the necessary 180 lbs of body/gear weight to compress everything out back. The seat is 28 inches high when not compressed.
The S is devoid of passenger comforts as it stands on the showroom floor, so if you want to share the pleasure with a buddy, you’ll need to spring for a p-pad, footpegs, and probably a new front seat as well.
The only exceptions to the blackout paint are the required items like brake discs and inner fork tubes, as well as the machined cooling-fin edges that protect the engine from vanishing into the black hole beneath the tank. The rear blinkers are pretty standard, with a fender-strut attachment and a bullet form, all in LED. The Zeppelin-style taillight depends on 9 LED projectors for maximum visibility day or night.
Back in front, the cyclops lamp delivers the same performance and has a DRL ring for increased daytime visibility. It is another example of an old model name that was constructed on the 1980s FXR frame and made the transition to the new, second-generation Soft ail family. Because the FXR structure, as well as its immediate successor and newest progenitor, the Dyna-based Low Rider, are no longer in production, it is up to this new Soft ail platform to carry on the name and spirit of the construct.
Mild steel is an excellent material for the Low Rider S’s frame design, which resembles old hardtails in the fall of its upper lines and the distinctive triangular swing arm that completes the illusion. The kingpost is the rectangular-section backbone that gives it a lot of strength and stiffness. The remainder of the frame is built in the traditional dual-downtube/double-cradle style, completely cradling and supporting the engine rather than employing the mill as a load-bearing part. The swing cage, which completes the rigid-frame appearance, is likewise made of tubular steel sections.
The manufacturer uses aluminum for the triple tree, which clamps 43 mm single-cartridge inverted forks and has a rake angle of 28 degrees, which is on the more stable end of the range, as does the 5.7-inch trail, which provides low-effort cruising even at super slab speeds.
In a rare departure from the finish’s homogenous paint, cast aluminum wheels with a Dark Bronze finish fill off the moving chassis. Michelin Scorcher 31 hoops are 110/90-19 with a 180/70-16 to connect to the concrete in an “H” speed rating that can withstand speeds up to 130 mph, which is adequate for the peak speed of 120 mph.
Yes, it has a lot of power, but it also has a lot of stopping power, thanks to dual 300 mm discs and four-bore calipers up front and a twin-piston anchor biting a 292 mm disc out the rear. ABS protection is optional, so include it if you want to gain the most out of the binders.
Things get wild in the engine compartment of the new Harley-Davidson 2022 Low Rider S Cruisers. For the first time in history, a non-CVO production vehicle, the Milwaukee-Eight 117, produces 103 horsepower at the top end, backed up by a monstrous 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. Even with a wet weight of 679 pounds, that’s lots of love.
Bore and stroke mic out at 103.5mm and 114.3mm for a 1,923 cc displacement and 10.2-to-1 compression ratio that would favor the mid-hook push line. The valve train is pushrod-actuated, with all four lifters on a single camshaft, which restores the valve shape to the old Big Twin configuration.
Electronic fuel injection and built-in exhaust catalysts work together to provide accurate emission control. Higher ride-control electronics did not transition from the CVO sector with this powerful engine, thus, the Low Rider S remains a bike for riders who do not need training wheels or safety nets beyond the standard ABS function.
Harley-Davidson 2022 Low Rider S Cruisers – Price
The MoCo, as usual, connects paint and pricing at the checkout counter. With an asking price of $18,349, the Vivid Black model is at the bottom of the pricing range. There’s no getting around the monochromatic finish on this family; the Gunship Gray finish is the only alternative option, and it’ll set you back an additional $450. ABS and the security suite are standard.
Low Rider S vs. Indian Chief Bobber
While the Chief Bobber lacks the adorable small bubble fairing seen on the Low Rider S, it does complement the bike’s rustic appearance. The Bobber, as the name suggests, has strongly bobbed fenders and a mini-ape handlebar that’s lofted even higher by tall clamp risers for a good dose of that West Coast flair.
The front end is beefier with its thick conventional forks, but it also seems more old-fashioned compared to the inverted stems offered by H-D. Along with a black and gray model to match the Low Rider’s livery, Indian gives a trio of paint packages to pick from but adds a green Sagebrush Smoke bit to the mix.
Price and paint are connected across the board, with the Black Smoke variant costing $18,999 and the other costing $19,499, respectively. Indian gains a competitive advantage in the ride-control electronics market by including the RIDE COMMAND package, which provides a more recent riding experience.
Indian’s entry is powered by a pretty massive V-twin engine, in typical American fashion. The ((air-cooled Thunder stroke 116 engine produces 120 pound-feet of torque vs. 125 pound-feet from Harley’s Mil-8 engine. Forward controls put the rider in the windsock position more than mid-mounts on the Harley-Davidson, which I prefer because it doesn’t put my jeans in the bug-scoop place, and mid-mounts are arguably safer because your heels are closer to being under your knees, allowing you to push off if necessary.
Harley-Davidson 2022 Low Rider S Cruisers – Technical Specifications
|Length||93.1 in. (2,365 mm)|
|Overall Width||34.3 in. (870 mm)|
|Overall Height||47 in. (1,195 mm)|
|Seat Height, Laden||27 in. (686 mm)|
|Seat Height, Unladen||28 in. (710 mm)|
|Static Ground Clearance||5.7 in. (145 mm)|
|Rake (steering head) (deg)||28|
|Fork Angle (deg)||28|
|Trail||5.7 in. (145 mm)|
|Wheelbase||63.6 in. (1,615 mm)|
|Tires, Type||Michelin® Scorcher® “31” front and rear|
|Tires, Front Model||Scorcher™ “31”|
|Tires, Front Specification||110/90B19,62H,BW|
|Tires, Rear Model||Scorcher™ “31”|
|Tires, Rear Specification||180/70B16,77H,BW|
|Fuel Capacity||5 gal. (18.9 l)|
|Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light)||1 gal. (3.8 l)|
|Oil Capacity (w/filter)||5 qt. (4.7 l)|
|Transmission Capacity||1 qt. (.95 l )|
|Primary Chain Case Capacity||1.25 qt. (1.18 l)|
|Weight, As Shipped||650 lb. (295 kg)|
|Weight, In Running Order||679 lb. (308 kg)|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating||1,160 lb. (526 kg)|
|Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front||450 lb. (204 kg)|
|Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear||730 lb. (331 kg)|
|Luggage Capacity -Volume||N/A|
|Valves||Pushrod-operated overhead valves|
|Bore||4.075 in. (103.5 mm)|
|Stroke||4.5 in. (114.3 mm)|
|Displacement||117 cu in (1,923 ccs)|
|Fuel System||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Air Cleaner||Heavy Breather intake with synthetic media, washable exposed element|
|Exhaust||2-into-2 offset shotgun; catalyst in muffler|
|Lubrication System||Pressurized, dry-sump with an oil cooler|
|Primary Drive||Chain, 34/46 ratio|
|Final Drive||Belt, 32/66 ratio|
|Clutch||Mechanical, ten plates wet, assist & Conventional|
|Transmission||6-Speed Cruise Drive®|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 1st||9.311|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd||6.454|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd||4.793|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 4th||3.882|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 5th||3.307|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 6th||2.79|
|Frame||Mild steel, tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; MIG welded; aluminum forged fender supports|
|Swingarm||Mild steel, tubular sections, stamped x-member, forged axle junctions; MIG welded; removable belt spacer|
|Front Fork||Single cartridge 43 mm inverted with aluminum fork triple clamps; triple rate spring|
|Rear Shocks||Hidden, free piston, coil-over monoshock; 56 mm stroke; hydraulic preload adjustment|
|Wheels, Optional Style Type||N/A|
|Wheels, Front Type||Dark bronze, Radiate cast aluminum wheel|
|Wheels, Front Width||2.5 in. (64 mm)|
|Wheels, Front Height||19 in. (483 mm)|
|Wheels, Rear Type||Dark bronze, Radiate cast aluminum wheel|
|Wheels, Rear Width||5 in. (127 mm)|
|Wheels, Rear Height||16 in. (406 mm)|
|Brakes, Caliper Type||4-piston fixed front and 2-piston floating rear|
|Brakes, Rotor Type||Front and rear black, Split 7-spoke floating rotors|
|Brakes, Front Diameter||11.8 in. (300 mm)|
|Brakes, Front Thickness||0.2 in. (5 mm)|
|Brakes, Front is dual||Yes|
|Brakes, Rear Diameter||11.5 in. (292 mm)|
|Brakes, Rear Thickness||0.23 in. (5.8 mm)|
|Front brake lever free travel||N/A|
|Rear brake pedal free travel||N/A|
|Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)||Standard|
|Suspension Travel, Front||5.1 in. (130 mm)|
|Suspension Travel, Rear||4.4 in. (112 mm)|
|Engine Torque Testing Method||J1349|
|Engine Torque||125 ft-lb (169 Nm)|
|Engine Torque (rpm)||3,500|
|Power (Hp/kW)||103 HP / 77 kW @ 4750 rpm|
|Lean Angle Testing Method||J1168|
|Lean Angle, Right (deg.)||31.3|
|Lean Angle, Left (deg.)||31.3|
|Maximum hill-starting ability||N/A|
|Fuel Economy Testing Method||Estimated City/Hwy|
|Fuel Economy||47 mpg (5 l/100 km)|
|CO₂ Emissions||Testing Method N/A|
|Battery||Sealed, maintenance-free, absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery, 12V, 17.5Ah, 310 CCA at 0°F|
|Charging||Three-phase, 42 Amp system (390 Watts @13 Volts, 1000 rpm, 546 Watts max power @ 13 Volts, 2000 rpm)|
|Starting||1.6 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement|
|Lights (as per country regulation), Headlamp||All LED, low beam, high beam, and signature position lamp|
|Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/Stop||LED Zeppelin tail lamp|
|Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal Lights||Incandescent bullet turn signals|
|Lights, Rear Turn Signals||Incandescent bullet turn signals|
|Gauges||4-inch analog tachometer with digital speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, and range indication|
|Electric Power Outlet||USB A-type; output 5V at 2.4A|
Warranty And Service
|Warranty||24 months (unlimited mileage)|
|Service Interval||First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) after that|