2018 HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON LOWRIDER

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Here we are liv­ing in the after­math of the dis­con­tin­ued Dyna. Yes, it C does sound dreary, but after we took the 2018 Lowrider out for a few hun­dred miles the pain was sub­sided. This bike has an all-new sin­gle-shock frame that han­dles re­ally well both on the straights and the twisties. The frame is stiffer and lighter than both the Sof­tail and Dyna be­fore it, so that's a good sign. The 2018 Low rider also has some very nice mid-con­trols that have a much bet­ter lean an­gle over the old Sof­tails. The all-new Mil­wau­kee-Eight 107 mo­tor also adds a bit more power than the old 103ci Twin Cam and does so in a bet­ter fash­ion due to the de­sign of the mo­tor. The bike also re­ceived some up­graded brakes front and rear, which are a marked im­prove­ment over the past caliper and ro­tor com­bi­na­tion. And that is just the tip of the ice­berg as far as the new fea­tures this bike pos­sesses. But as with all stock bikes, there are a few things we dis­like, such as the bend and de­sign of the han­dle­bars, which ac­tu­ally ham­per the over­all per­for­mance of this model. I’m also not too thrilled with the old-style bul­bous chrome turn sig­nals ei­ther, as I think that this close to 2020 we should be see­ing small and pow­er­ful LEDS all the way around.

I love the light feeling of this bike, the ge­om­e­try, and the power the stock mo­tor has, but I would have to change the bars and ris­ers out to some­thing taller and more com­fort­able. Then I’d bump the mo­tor up to a 114ci with the Screamin’ Ea­gle Stage IV kit to re­ally en­joy this bike. HB

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