Harley-Davidson’s New Bike A Low Rider S?

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Two websites are posting material that claims to show the bike that Harley-Davidson will reveal on January 26th. Both say Harley’s newest machine will be a Low Rider model. Specifically, the teased machine is reportedly Harley’s 2022 Low Rider S.

Two website reports
The German HARLEYSITE.DE and the Brazilian Doctor Dan websites provide what they say is information from Harley’s 2022 model year promotional material. In addition, both sites offer plenty of pictures of the 2022 bike. Surprisingly, the photos are not blurry spy shots. Instead, they have the look of studio-quality images. Hmm, does this lean towards the motorcycle and photos being real?

Going through the information, HARLEYSITE.DE includes a purported spec sheet for the updated low rider. The amount of information is quite extensive; it doesn’t show bits and bobs.

Although the Low Rider S disappeared from Harley’s earlier product lineup release, if the information above is correct, the bike will continue in 2022. But there will be significant differences between the 2021 and 2022 models.

According to the Doctor Dan website, some of the changes are as follows:

Probably the most significant change is the bike’s engine. The 2022 version gets a new one. Gone is the 114 ci v-twin replaced by Harley’s Milwaukee 8 117 ci engine mill. It also gets a new air filter design. According to the spec sheet on the HARLEYSITE.DE website, the newly inserted powerplant will provide 103 hp and 125 ft-lb (169 Nm) of torque at 4,750 rpm.

The bike’s suspension setup has changed as well. According to the Doctor Dan website, the 2022 model sits higher than the one it replaces. The new Low Rider S has a seat height of 27 inches (686 mm) versus the 26.5-inch seat height of the 2020 and 2021 models.

They report that the rear suspension is now the same as the setup found on Harley’s Fat Bob and Heritage Classic models. As a result, the rear suspension will have a total stroke of 4.4 inches (112 mm) in 2022 compared to the 3.4 inches (86 mm) of the 2021 and 2020 models. The bike’s fork will deliver 5.1 inches (130 mm) of travel.

Braking comes courtesy of an all-disc setup with ABS as standard.

The instrument cluster has been moved from the top of the tank to the handlebars. It will be a single unit with an analog tachometer and a digital speedometer. Replacing the large instrument cluster on the tank is now a single slimmer “cover” that travels the length of the fuel tank.

Whether the handlebars will change due to the placement of the instrumentation is not yet clear. But the Doctor Dan website says that the handlebars are straighter in relation to the fork and further away from the fuel tank compared to previous years.

The bike’s fuel tank is still 5 gallons, and with an estimated 47 mpg, it should be able to keep the ride going for about 235 miles.

Paint choice
According to the Doctor Dan website, the new machine will be available in “Vivid Black” or “Gun Metal Grey,” and their photos seem to back up both color options.

There has been no word on pricing.

Obviously, Harley-Davidson has not confirmed any of the above data or below specs. But it does seem that both websites have provided some very detailed data with genuine-looking images. We’ll know the truth come January 26th.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S specifications
Reported Low Rider S Specifications from HARLEYSITE.DE:

Length – 93.1 in. (2,365 mm)
Width – 34.3 in. (870 mm)
Overall height – 47 in. (1,195 mm)
Seat Height, Laden – 27 in. (686 mm)
Static Ground Clearance – 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Rake (steering head) (deg) – 28
Trail – 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Tires, Type – Michelin® Scorcher® “31” front and rear
Front Tire Specification – 110/90-B19,62H,BW
Rear Tire Specification – 180/70B16,77H,BW
Fuel Capacity – 5 gal. (18.9 l)
Reserve Fuel Capacity – 1 gal (3.8l)
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)
Engine Milwaukee-Eight® 117
Torque 125 ft-lb (169 Nm)
Torque (rpm) 3,500
Power (Hp/kW) 103 HP / 77 kW @ 4750 rpm
Fuel Economy 47 mpg (5 l/100 km)
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 cc)
Compression Ratio – 10.2:1
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) 3
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 oil cooler
Primary Drive Chain – 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt – 32/66 ratio
Clutch – Mechanical, 10 plate wet, assist & conventional
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
1st – Gear Ratios (overall) 9.311
2nd – Gear Ratios (overall) 6.454
3rd – Gear Ratios (overall) 4.793
4th – Gear Ratios (overall) 3.882
5th – Gear Ratios (overall) 3.307
6th – Gear Ratios (overall) 2.79
Frame, brakes, and wheels
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 – 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
Rotor Type Front and rear black, Split 7-spoke floating rotors
Front Diameter 11.8 in. (300 mm)
Front Thickness 0.2 in. (5 mm)
Front is dual Yes
Rear Diameter 11.5 in. (292 mm)
Rear Thickness 0.23 in. (5.8 mm)
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Standard
Suspension Travel, Front 5.1 in. (130 mm)
Suspension Travel, Rear 4.4 in. (112 mm)
Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval – First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter