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02 April 2018


Harley-Davidson® India has launched the new motorcycle in model the 2018 Softail range - the Harley-Davidson® Softail Low Rider™. Softail Low Rider™ is classic cruiser by design and come splashed with oodles of chrome treatment across the bodywork. The bike features LED headlamps, signature pullback handlebar, Tombstone tail light and blade-like turn signals.

The 2018 Harley-Davidson® Softail Low Rider™ gets the new 107 Milwaukee-Eight v-twin engine.The new Softail Low Rider™ also features an all-new chassis Mild-Steel Tubular Frame, The new Low Rider™ has shed 14.5 kgs of weight. Its mid-steel tubular frame is stiffened by 34 percent, new Single, Concealed under seat hidden mono shock, and the four-valve per cylinder, 107 cubic inches, or 1,745 cc, Milwaukee-Eight engine equipped with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)ignition , which makes 148 Nm of peak torque. Unlike the larger 114 Milwaukee-Eight™, the smaller, 107 engines uses dual counterbalancer to make the engine more refined and smooth in operation. 

The 2018 Low Rider™ gets a lighter and stiffer frame compared to the previous model. It measures 2,360 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 1,630 mm. The seat height is 680 mm and it comes with a 19.1-litre fuel tank. The Low Rider™ gets cartridge-type front forks and a monoshock in the rear. Suspension duties are performed by Showa Dual Bending Valve forks up front and a monoshock at the rear.

It has a circular headlamp with visor and sweptback chrome handlebars. It gets dual tank mounted gauges with a 4-inch digital readout and 1970s-inspired tank graphics. The engine and twin side-mounted exhausts are finished in chrome. The bike rides on 19-inch aluminium wheels in the front and 16-inch in the rear shod with 110/90 and 180/70 section tyres in the front and rear respectively. The bikes get disc brakes at both ends equipped with a 4-piston fixed caliper in the front and a 2-piston floating caliper in the rear, while ABS is standard.


The Low Rider's silhouette is typical old-school cruiser, with a high, pull-backed handlebar, chrome headlight covered by a small headlight cowl and machined alloy wheels giving it a contemporary touch. The cruiser comes with smooth flowing lines, the clocks are placed on the fuel tank, which get retro-style font and decals. The footpegs are not so forward-set and have been placed keeping in mind the Low Rider's easy handling and cornering capability. Like the rest of the new Softail range, the rear end is neat and clean, with the concealed underseat monoshock giving the bike a hardtail look. The bike is compact, and that's the first thing that comes to mind, if you swing a leg over the seat.


For 2018, Harley-Davidson has completely re-invented the Softail range and the focus now is on performance, and handling. This is where the new chassis plays a very important role. Lighter, stiffer and tauter, the chassis, combined with the new suspension makes the Low Rider promise much more tauter handling than ever before. The front suspension is the same Showa Dual Bending Valve fork which is said to provide better damping, improved steering and cornering. At the rear is the concealed monoshock, which, while giving a hardtail look, offers a comfortable ride overall.


The Harley-Davidson Softail Low Rider is powered by the same 107 Milwaukee Eight engine that powers the entire range of the 2018 Softail range. Four valves per cylinder and dual counterbalancers make the 107 Milwaukee-Eight a smooth, refined performer. Overall, acceleration has improved and the lighter chassis with the new suspension promises to make the Low Rider a great all-round performer. The new Milwaukee-Eight 107 that powers the 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Low Rider has been claimed to deliver 10 per cent quicker acceleration than the High Output Twin Cam 103 in doing a 0-100kmph sprint. On the other hand, reaching from 100kmph to 130kmph is 16 per cent faster.

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