HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOW RIDER (1991-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Another Harley staple aimed at riders with traditional tastes"

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"Another Harley staple aimed at riders with traditional tastes"

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Another Harley staple aimed at riders with traditional tastes who are looking for a machine that’s both comfortable and easy to handle. The Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider combines a low seat, mid-mounted foot controls and pull back bars for easy comfort. Like all 2007 Hogs it also benefits from the new 1558 engine, too.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider is virtually identical, again, to the Super Glide. So what you get is a pared-down, straight-forward steel twin loop cradle with twin shock (hence the Dyna bit) rear end. Suspension and tyre sizes have been beefed up on very recent models but its still basic, old school motorcycling. The Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider is a predicatable, pleasant roadster motorcycle with reasonable round town comfort. No more, no less.

Engine 3 out of 5

Like all big Harleys the latest Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider is powered by the new (for 2007) 1584cc version of the classic aircooled Milwaukee V-twin. Expect  lumpy, charismatic predictability and durability and car-style performance. Just don’t expect thrills a minute from a Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Again, the Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider is a modern Harley, so paint, build quality, robustness etc are a given to be amongst the best anywhere. Reliability is pretty much beyond question, too, after all the  Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider is a big, massively refined yet understressed motorcycle ridden very little and serviced often by wealthy people. So go figure…

 

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider can’t match the Super Glide or Street Bob for value – it’s over £2000 more than the minimalist (but sassy) Street Bob, for example, and it’s hard to see what extra you get for your money. But it’s still a solid Harley performer. Find a Harley-Davidson Low Rider for sale.

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 5

Again the Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider is slightly glitzier than the pared-to-the-bone Dyna Super Glide – but only just.
Extra chrome adds to the appeal and since 2006 there’s a twin clock, handlebar-mounted instrument cluster. But there’s nothing more in the way of rider aids or luxuries – what you see, is exactly what you get with a Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOW RIDER (1991-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOW RIDER (1991-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.8 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 2.8 out of 5
4 out of 5

low rider s. possibly the best harley to date.

13 July 2017 by Patrick S

looks the business. very heavy bike but so easy to ride. everyone hears the rumble and it gets you noticed. sadly everyone wants to touch it or seat on it which has lead to some confrontations. i think with a harley davidson you already know if you... Read more want one or not. i wasnt put off with the scare stories as ive had all other makes of bikes and at sometime they have all let me down. the warranty home collection service when booked for services etc is excellent feature.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
hmmm. after having sports bikes all my life brakes are very different. work well but not with that bite a jap sports bike has. you need to plan things but the abs is very good i havn't noticed it working yet and with 2 discs up front stopping 350 kilos it wont ever be razor sharp. the handling is such that i have scrapped the exhaust black guards and completely worn down the hero blobs on the pegs. use rear brake on roundabouts then fire it out, so surprised how it takes corners for such a heavy bike. but as its a slammed lower bike you do bounce out of the seat now and then and feel that engine vibration through the bars. but i love it.
Engine
5 out of 5
1803cc of power. ok not superbike top end but seriously fast with so much torque it throws you off the back. big grin on my face as it roars off and wheelies all the time if you let it. cruise control on the motorway is such a good thing, flick it up to go faster, down for lower and with the relaxed riding position 200+ miles are easy. you only really feel the bikes weight when you are slowly walking it and as im only 5ft 3 it can be a challenge but you learn how to handle such a beast.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
so far so good. my first harley and an expensive investment.only thing i will say is that if the bike isnt used for a few days can be hard to crank but it always starts and runs fine. this is because its a 110 engine and bigger 1803cc with the same old dyna battery as the box it sits in is very small so limiting what type of battery you can use.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
well its a harley so never going to be cheap but you know that when you buy one. i use it on short distances to work and long trips on my days off and when weathers good. fill up from empty at the pumps around £16
Equipment
2 out of 5
its a street brawler not a bmw. comes with dash that has all the things you need to know plus fuel gauge on the tank. fully adjustable rear suspension that does a good job of soaking up crap uk roads.but you will still feel it over major potholes and bumps in the road. fuel range so far about 160 miles motorway use but worse in town if you in traffic. i bought the bike with a full stage one tune, v+h pro pipe and pro tuner added to it and this has made it much more friendly to ride but also aggressive on the power. the original harley single seat is very comfortable but being a small guy my legs where being pushed out so i bought a le pare barebone upfront seat which is lower and brings me 2 inches closer to the controls. again this seat is comfortable and has made riding the bike safer and easier for me. original headlight is poor so i replaced this with a led bulb unit which was £300 cheaper than harley's daymaker and gives good results.
Buying experience

purchased from scott at harley davidson reading. i visited the store after sitting on the bike at the mcn london show and i was sold on it then. he told me that he didnt think id be back to buy it, but when i did turn up another guy was thinking of buying it so i stepped in with the money. scott arranged for the extra parts i wanted to be on the bike and they delivered it to my address. i payed £15,200 for the bike second hand with 2300 miles on it. when you consider the previous owner spent a fortune on the stage one kit, pipe extra i got a good deal as new the bike is now over £16k. my insurance was only small amount on top of my other bike and so far owning a harley has been a pleasure. after years of owning sports bikes the years and injuries finally caught up with me so i decided on getting a harley which i always wanted to do.

5 out of 5

Confidence inspiring

17 August 2009 by linniebird

Love this bike to bits. Put over 1500 miles on the clock in three months. This Dyna is what Harleys are all about. Forget about pose value for a minute, (though it accomplishes this without even trying), it's a great, solid, user-friendly performer,... Read more and forgives all but the most outrageous abuses. Motorways are no problem for this mile-muncher, and because Harleys are known for being somewhat weighty, you don't get blown about on exposed stretches of road. Don't be put off by the weight though. The big Harleys, and especially the Dyna, have a low centre of gravity, so actually feel very light and manoeuvrable at speed. Frequently described as 'a Sportster on steroids', (they're not kidding!), a twist of the throttle sees this thing taking off at a fast rate of knots. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of its abilities, but will have a great deal of fun finding out. Obviously it's not a sports bike, or anything like it, but that's not why you buy a Harley. Owned a Sportster before that which I loved but the 2006 FXDLI Dyna Low Rider is much more comfy for the long haul, especially for my bony behind! If you're in the market for a cruiser you're guaranteed all day comfort, and with a parts and accessories catalogue the size of a phone book, you're spoilt for choice in the personalising stakes. The downside is that you'll need a bottomless wallet. Spoken to people who have changed from a Dyna to one of the Softails who say the Dyna is the better, more easy to ride bike. Low saddle height makes this an obvious choice for the vertically-challenged, making it easy to get boots on tarmac. I'm a lady rider with a bit of a mad streak and the Dyna has got me out of trouble on more than one occasion. Love that Harley rumble!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

New Dyna

17 May 2007 by wilsaholeshot

I've just ridden the new 07 Dyna and wow what a difference!! The new engine and gearbox make it a much better bike. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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2 out of 5

Low Rider

28 April 2007 by flyingdragons9999

Low Rider = Low specification. Nothing to yell about this bike during biker's gathering. Personal recommendation, go for other H-D with more charisma factor! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
1 out of 5
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Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1991
Year discontinued -
New price £10,995
Used price £8,500 to £23,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £450
Performance
Max power 67 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 1584cc
Engine type 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel twin double cradle
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 655mm
Bike weight 278kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 300mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

1991: Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider introduced.
1994: Power improved.
1995: New switchgear plus new frame with lowered seat height.
1997: New battery box.
1998: New 9-plate clutch.
1999: Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider gets new 1450cc engine.
2001: Now with lowered susp;ension and new security system.
2002: Now with immobiliser as standard and new bullet indicators.
2004: Now with fuel injection.
2006: Now with 49mm forks.
2007: Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider get new 1558cc engine.

Other versions

Harley-Davidson FXDLC Dyna Low Rider Convertible: ‘Touring’ version complete with plexiglass screen and leather panniers as standard.

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