Review of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST [A Dozen Fast Facts]




There’s no doubt that the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST is a prime example of red meat service to the masses. After watching West Coast styling weave into American v-twin vernacular, The Motor Company knew precisely when to ring the dinner bell. building their cruisers in the image of the FXRT. Suspension capable of sportier aspirations, increased power, and creature comforts via a tidy fairing and luggage are major tenants of customization in any West Coast cruiser. The new Low Rider ST treats them like gospel right from the factory. 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Review: For SaleBuilt on the lean and midsize Low Rider S platform, the Low Rider “Sport Touring” bridges the gap between cruiser and bagger in a few simple steps. A svelte frame-mounted fairing, fixed-rate fork springs and removable hard luggage are the main changes, while offering huge practical benefits. We’ve ridden the miles aboard the Low Rider ST to bring you the highlights.

  1. The frame-mounted fairing inspired by the FXRT Sport Glide takes things in a modern direction with its chiseled appearance and strong wind protection. Sitting behind the big bubble, the standard six-inch Dark Smoke fairing and windshield work as advertised, creating a comfortable, bluster-free cockpit for my 5-foot-10 frame. Taller drivers could benefit from larger accessory windshields. HD designers relied on their intelligence and computational fluid dynamics to inform every aspect of this new fairing. It features side vents overlapping the round LED headlight, much like the original, with a center Splitstream vent, all work to create an ideal air pocket for the rider. The attention to aerodynamic detail extends to the fairing edge spoilers, known as Willie Wings within the design team, which redirect air around your legs and reduce drag.

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  1. The 2022 Low Riders break with tradition in that their dashboards are no longer located on the five-gallon fuel tank. It’s a welcome change, as taking your eyes off the road to look at your gauges is less than ideal, even if the purist Low Rider feathers are ruffled. The S features a prominent analog bar/LCD mounted unit, certainly matching the FXRT/P homage that ST achieves. Yet this bit is missing on the ST. Instead, it uses a utility LCD unit built into the handlebar clamp, like the Street Bob and Fat Boy, to provide proper airflow through the new center fairing vent. A fuel gauge, speedometer and just the basics keep you going, but the LCD screens are hard to read in direct sunlight.
  1. Raised handlebars, a solo seat and mid-mounted controls emphasize the sport-touring stance of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST. It all speaks of the sportier pasture the ST is looking for and where its accommodations shine, giving you all the leverage thanks to the wide handlebars and a pleasantly plush seat that locks you in when you open the throttle. The compact seating position is a bit more aggressive than your average forward-control sports cruiser, though still quite reasonable. The middle controls and a relatively low seat height have the unintended side effect of reducing the distance between those two points, which, for my 32-inch inseam, elevates my knees considerably. Longer people will want to choose a higher seat to alleviate some of that knee bending.

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  1. Styling is an important part of the ST aesthetic, and HD has reached almost every brand. The Low Rider focuses on aggressive looks through a host of blacked out bits at every turn, topping it all off with exquisite paint finishes throughout. The lines from the fairing, tank and all the way to the tail are worth a few extra minutes spent admiring in the garage. There are a few errors: the threaded ends of the fairing mounting hardware are visible, which could have been fixed with a rubber cap, while the beefy-sounding shotgun exhaust hardware is less than stellar. Quibbles, yes, but quibbles nonetheless.
  1. The air/oil cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 shines in the Low Rider ST. The limited-edition CVOs, Street Glide ST and Road Glide ST feature the same V-twin mill; the 117 has noticeably more pep in its stride in this lighter 721-pound cruiser application. Claimed 125 lb-ft of torque at a low 3,500 rpm grabs your attention, delivering all of its power with lovely immediacy and crisp fueling that distributes power the way you want it. There are no drive modes, no traction control – just pure V-twin muscle with a beefy six-speed transmission.

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  1. Performance elements such as the Heavy Breather intake and high performance cams set it apart from other models, giving this engine an edge over its brethren. There’s a noticeable increase in outright performance over the M8 107 and 114 variants, thanks to the aforementioned Screamin’ Eagle parts. You can still smack your shin against the intake while reaching for the rear brake, as is tradition for the forward-facing intake. Balancing keeps annoying vibrations at bay, while ensuring that everything else is as smooth as possible.
  1. Clamshell saddlebags provide nearly two cubic feet of storage on the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST. The short-lived Softail Sport Glide is no longer with us, leaving its excellent hard bags to the ST in its last will and testament. We are grateful for that, as they are really easy to install or remove thanks to the quick-release locking mechanism. The bags are lifted skyward for clearance and aesthetics, while being offset from the pipe side. Of course, you can’t put a full-face helmet on it, but packing wisely will allow you to take long rides.

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  1. This Low Rider is a bit taller with suspension updates. New to the S and ST is a longer shock with 56mm of travel giving a respectable 4.4 inches of travel that alleviates the harshness of the suspension seen on previous generations. Homecoming is the same 43mm inverted cartridge fork that has had the Low Rider S ogling since its first appearance. To help offset the ST’s extra 72 pounds (fairing, fairing rack, luggage and racks), static-rate springs provide additional support. These days the ride is enjoyable at both ends, soaking up the hits well while remaining calm during spirited clips through the canyons.
  1. Improved geometry has its advantages. The trickle-down effect of the increased rear ride height is a cruiser that feels more athletic on its feet. Not only is the weight distributed more evenly fore and aft, but the center of gravity is also higher, allowing you to take advantage of these aspects to rock corners with more enthusiasm at n. any speed. The Low Rider ST is the cornering man’s (or girl’s) Harley, boasting the stability benefits of a long wheelbase and rugged Softail chassis. It takes a steady pace and a hit or two of big bumps to get this horse to move slightly, and that’s something we can all appreciate.

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  1. Michelin Scorcher 31 tires are high mileage rubber.The Scorcher 31 is standard equipment on various HD models, from Sportsters to baggers and beyond, treading in familiar territory for MoCo fans. Designed to handle heavy bikes, the Scorcher 31 uses a stiff carcass and harder compound rubber to achieve impressive mileage figures. While they aren’t the last word in grip—mile-conscious tires rarely are—they’re also adequate for a rip in the canyons.
  1. The stopping power matches the performance vibe. Four-piston calipers and twin 300mm discs will stop this beast in a hurry, and there are plenty of salutes at the lever. Out back, a single-piston caliper and another 300mm rotor make low-speed riding easier.

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  1. The 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST expands the cruiser’s CV. The West Coast style extended its reach across the United States and around the world, catering to riders who wanted more from their American V-twin cruisers. Their demands were reasonable – more performance, improved suspension and handling, and wind protection. This modest roster amounts to a multi-faceted machine, ready to hit the twisty bits, daily grind, and long highway drives without flinching. Sport Touring Americana? Absolutely, and the Low Rider ST presents an authentic American V-twin solution for this class.

Photograph by Don WilliamsDRIVING STYLE2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST SpecsENGINE

  • Type: Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin
  • Displacement: 117ci (1923cc)
  • Bore x Stroke: 4.075″ x 4.5″
  • Maximum power: 103 horsepower at 4750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 125 ft-lbs at 3,500 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 10.2:1
  • Valvetrain: pushrod, 4vpc
  • Exhaust: 2 into 2
  • Cooling: Air and oil
  • Lubrication: Dry sump with oil cooler
  • Transmission: 6 speed
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate with power assist function and hydraulic actuation
  • Main Drive: Chain
  • Final Drive: Belt

FRAME

  • Front suspension; travel: 43mm inverted non-adjustable Showa cartridge fork; 5.1 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel; Spring-preload adjustable Showa shock; 4.4 inches
  • Wheels: Dark Bronze Cast Aluminum Radiate
  • Front wheel: 19×2.5
  • Rear wheel: 16×5
  • Tyres: Michelin Scorcher 31
  • Front tyre: 110/90×19
  • Rear tire: 180/70 x 16
  • Front brakes: 300mm floating discs with 4-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: 292 mm floating disc with single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Standard

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 63.6 inches
  • Rake: 28 degrees
  • Trail: 5.7 inches
  • Seat height: 28.3 inches
  • Fuel tank capacity: 5 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 47 mpg
  • Curb Weight: 721 lbs.
  • Colors: Vivid Black; Gunship Gray (+$450)

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Price: $21,749 MSRP

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