The Low Rider model was first released back in 1971.
Harley-Davidson introduced the FXS Low Rider® to the public in Daytona Beach. With drag style handlebars, unique engine and paint treatments, the Low Rider placed the rider in a lowered seating position than was typical. Then later that year, Willie G. Davidson penned a version of the Sportster, called the XLCR Café Racer. Pronounced “Excelsior” and wearing a small bikini fairing, relatively low handlebars, and blacked-out paint with whitewall tires, the XLCR was only produced for two years.
This was Harley-Davidson’s response to the growing cafe racer and sport bike trend among European and Japanese brands at the time. It was largely ignored by buyers at launch, but 1977-1979 XLCR models have become somewhat coveted by Harley-Davidson collectors in recent years.
Harley-Davidson executed a redux and brought back a 2014 version of the Low Rider which the motor company promises contained “old school class and exciting new performance.” It’s got the Harley Twin Cam 103 engine and features dual front disc brakes, a 2-into-1 exhaust, and traditional Harley styling. The ergonomics of the new Low Rider have been enhanced to provide the most comfortable ride possible.
The SuperLow® 1200T is, as the T suggests, more of a touring machine. It runs the Evolution V-Twin engine — but weighs an advertised 118 pounds less than the company’s lightest Big Twin touring bike — and comes standard with a detachable windshield, locking saddlebags and Michelin® Scorcher™ 11T touring tires. The machines got their official public unveiling at this year’s Daytona Bike Week festivities… a bit of déjà vu’ from 1977.
Photos courtesy of H-D. XLCR Club (HERE).
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