Harley-Davidson Launches New Models

Keen to take advantage of the start of new riding season, Harley-Davidson has just launched a pair of new models that will become available in dealer showrooms this summer.

After a break of almost five years the Low Rider name returns to the H-D line-up with an all-new Dyna model that features a 103 ci v-twin and some design cues that are unique to this bike.

The Low Rider moniker was first used on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 1977 and became synonymous as a bike that you could modify to your own tastes, riding style and more importantly your size so you could achieve the optimum riding position.

Harley-Davidson Dyna

Whilst this 2014 Dyna is not an-all cruiser, it’s essentially a Dyna but with a few tweaks. The Low Rider features a polished headlight visor, wrinkle black trim and split five-spoke aluminum wheels and twin-disc front brakes like its sibling the Fat Bob. There’s also a 2-into-1 exhaust.

But, as it’s a Low Rider, H-D has paid attention to ergonomics and has tried to find the perfect set-up for riders of all sizes for this bike. Therefore, the Low Rider features a two-position seat, an adjustable handlebar riser, which requires a special tool from the dealer to adjust it, and foot pegs that are relocated two inches forward compared to other Dyna models. This effectively gives the bike a seat height of 25.4 inches.

The Sportster line-up has also come under the spotlight for 2014 and there is now a long-distance version of this perennial favorite called the SuperLow 1200T. This the first time that H-D has used the 1200 v-twin in the SuperLow frame and because it’s designed for touring (hence the T in its name) there is a revised suspension, with rear pre-load adjustment, and tire package.

The SuperLow 1200T has been calibrated to appeal to shorter riders (H-D says in particular those from 5’ 1” to 5’ 7”) meaning there is easy reach handlebars and foot controls as well as a low seat height. The 1200T is also equipped with lockable saddlebags, a detachable windscreen and mini footboards.  The rider position three inches forward compared to the Sportster SuperLow 883 model to make it even easier for a rider to get both feet flat on the ground at a stop.

Harley-Davidson has confirmed that the SuperLow 1200T will be priced at $11,799, while the Low Rider will start at $14,199. Both bikes are in dealer showrooms now.

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