MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson has added two new models to its 2014 lineup with the mid-year release of the Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T (top photo). The Low Rider revives the iconic motorcycle from the 1970s, while the SuperLow 1200T is a lightweight touring option built on the Sportster chassis.
Low Rider: Harley-Davidson has reintroduced the Low Rider ($14,199-14,929), pairing the iconic bike’s history with an updated design. The cruiser includes a polished headlamp visor, wrinkle black trim and split five-spoke aluminum wheels that are a carryover from the original Low Rider model, which debuted in 1977.
The 2014 Low Rider is built on a Dyna chassis and is powered by a Twin Cam 103 with a 2-into-1 exhaust. Both the seat and handlebar risers are adjustable. The stock seat height lives up to the Low Rider name at just 25.4 inches high, and it has a removable bolster that moves the rider 1.5 inches forward. The handlebar risers have a 2.4-inch range of adjustment.
A few other highlights of the Low Rider are dual disc front brakes, 49mm front forks, a custom ignition switch and ABS.
SuperLow 1200T: Harley offers a different take on touring bikes with the SuperLow 1200T ($11,799-12,334), which comes with a detachable windshield, locking saddlebags and Michelin Scorcher 11T touring tires. Mounting points are already installed for the addition of accessory racks and backrests.
In addition to a new seat and ergonomics designed specially for long rides, the SuperLow 1200T also weighs in at 118 pounds less than the lightest Harley-Davidson Big Twin touring model. In addition, Harley says the smaller, lighter touring bike is ideal for riders of a smaller stature: its ergonomics were designed for a rider in the 5-foot-1-inch to 5-foot-7-inch height range.
The SuperLow 1200T is built on the Sportster chassis, and it marks the first time that Harley has combined that chassis with the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine. The handling is based on the SuperLow 883 design, and Harley says the fork angle, wheel sizes and radial tires were specifically engineered to reduce steering effort and provide responsive handling. The rear suspension includes a pre-load adjuster for further fine-tuning.
The new models are already being delivered to dealers, and Harley will offer demo rides during Daytona Bike Week, beginning at the their display at Daytona International Speedway.
Media images courtesy of Harley-Davidson.