HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOW RIDER (1991 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£420|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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…
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel twin double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||19 litres|
|Front brake||Single 300mm disc|
|Rear brake||Single 292mm disc|
|Front tyre size||100/90 x 19|
|Rear tyre size||130/90 x 16|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||43 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£420|
|Used price||£7,000 - £11,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||67 bhp|
|Max torque||81 ft-lb|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.5 secs|
|Tank range||135 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Harley-Davidson FXDLC Dyna Low Rider Convertible: ‘Touring’ version complete with plexiglass screen and leather panniers as standard.
Owners' reviews for the HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOW RIDER (1991 - on)
5 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£420|
Version: Low rider S
Annual servicing cost: £400
Great fun but tiring on longish trips.
Good for Harley if you ridden other models.
110 screaming eagle pulls like a steam train.
Wheel bearing failure at 2000 miles.
Had service can be pricey.
Not much equipment but nice to use
Buying experience: "Stealership" – enough said.
Version: Low rider S
Annual servicing cost: £450
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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!
I've just ridden the new 07 Dyna and wow what a difference!! The new engine and gearbox make it a much better bike.
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!