By Evans Brasfield Editor Score: 78.5%
2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider
Editor Score: 78.5%
I’ll go ahead and start with this: I’ve never been a fan of the Low Rider. Clearly that puts me at odds with tons of Harley-Davidson buyers. The Low Rider has been popular with both customizers and riders who prefer a more compact riding position (read shorter). I am neither. With this in mind, I’ll dive into what my time with the 2018 Harley-Davidson Low rider was like.
As with all of the other former Dynas, the Low Rider is now a member of the Softail line. If you haven’t noticed the howling and gnashing of teeth over this change in some quarters of the Harley market, you haven’t been paying attention. So, take a moment to bring yourself up to speed with my overview of the 2018 Softail line. This review will assume you’ve already read that article, and you’ll have a better understanding of the points raised here if you’re familiar with the information.
Even without the dual shocks, this profile clearly belongs to the Low Rider.
When first looking at the 2018 Low Rider, those familiar with the model will find it instantly recognizable. The profile is the same, the headlight has its signature brow, the stepped seat remains. However, there are also some fairly obvious changes. The dual shocks have vanished for the single underseat unit. The prominent battery box is also missing from the right side and now lives behind one of the side covers below the seat. While the dual instruments are still mounted on the tank, the 2018’s housing is more pronounced. The two-into-one exhaust was replaced …read more