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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

H-D adds the Milwaukee-Eight 117 straight out of the CVO line to the Low Rider Softail frame for sport-touring performance on a grand scale

Harley-Davidson continues to expand its Softail cruiser family with the MY2022 Low Rider ST sport-tourer. It borrows from an ’80s design for a classic look, but the underpinnings are all modern with the new Softail chassis, and 117 cubic-engine to push it all down the road for a nice balance of features.

  • 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
    Low Rider
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1923 cc
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    21749
  • Price:

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Design

  • LED lighting
  • Blackout styling
  • Sport-Touring attitude
  • Standard-equipped Smart Security System
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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It's based on the FXRT of the '80s that combined a bullet fairing, tall glass, and hard-side saddlebags, topped off with a narrow version of H-D's Tourpak.

You can go ahead and pencil me in as a fan of the new Low Rider ST design. The inspiration is clear. It’s based on the FXRT of the ’80s that combined a bullet fairing, tall glass, and hard-side saddlebags, topped off with a narrow version of H-D’s Tourpak. Originally, the FXRT, as well as the Low Rider of the day, were built on the long-retired FXR frame, but this contemporary one rolls on the new Softail platform that mimics the lines of the old rigid frames, especially at the triangular swing-cage rear end that sells the look.

Admittedly, there isn’t much to choose from between this and the Low Rider, but the differences make all the difference in the world. It’s clear that the fairing borrows heavily from its ’80s origins, both in its general “bullet” shape, and in its frame mounting points that lets the front end swivel beneath its fixed position.

Granted, the fairing isn’t quite the same shape as the original, but the genetic markers are plain as day to folks familiar with the old FXRT/FXRP. For one thing, the glass is smoked and quite short by comparison, and it comes with a vent through the fairing to relieve the vacuum behind the screen and ease the head-buffet effect. Now for a real Easter Egg. Note the molded vents on either side of the round cyclops headlight, yeah those are vestigial bumps from the originals that carried driving lights on the FXRT (T for tour) and the blue lights on the FXRP (P for police) models.

The factory calls it a West Coast look, and that may be true as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go quite far enough. Around behind the glass, the high-rise handlebars are another historical throwback. It’s meant to keep the handlebar clear of the fixed fairing and windshield ahead as it swings through the steering arc. A solo seat and mid-mount foot controls complete the rider’s triangle to put the pilot in a relaxed, upright riding position.

Out back, stock, hard-side panniers complete the touring package, and like the originals, they run with a limited vertical dimension to give the ST a total of 1.9 cubic-feet of secure dry storage. All around LED lights ensure effective two-way visibility with an LCD screen for the instrumentation.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Chassis

  • Relaxed rider triangle
  • Easy, low-effort steering
  • Standard-equipped ABS
  • Stability at speed
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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You'll find handling on the Low Rider ST at the stable end of the spectrum for easy, low-effort steering.

Tubular mild-steel members make up the dual-downtube/double-cradle frame on the Low Rider ST as well as the specialized swingarm, all of which contribute to the optics of the thing. Rake and trail measure at 28-degrees and 5.7-inches, respectively, to put the Low Rider ST at the stable end of the spectrum for easy, low-effort steering.

An aluminum tripletree holds the single-cartridge, 43 mm forks that float the front end on fixed variables, but out back, the 56 mm shock rides hidden beneath the seat, and it comes with a hydraulic preload adjuster as the only suspension tweak to be found. Seat height rides at 27 inches off the deck, providing you weigh at least 180 pounds to compress the rear shock just a skosh.

Cast aluminum is the material of choice for the wheels that come in a Dark Bronze finish that makes for a nice bit of contrast against the blackout treatment that prevails. Michelin Scorcher booties make the connection to terra firma in a 110/90 ahead of a 180/70 with an “H” rating that will tolerate up to 130 mph, plenty for the 120 mph governed top speed.

Dual four-bore calipers bite the front discs with a two-piston anchor to handle business out back, all with ABS protection right off the showroom floor.

Frame: Mild steel, tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; MIG welded; aluminum forged fender supports
Swingarm: Mild steel, tubular sections, stamped x-member, forged axle junctions; MIG welded; removable belt spacer
Front Suspension/ Travel: Single cartridge 43 mm inverted with aluminum fork triple clamps; single rate spring/ 5.1 in. (130 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Hidden, free piston, coil-over monoshock; 56 mm stroke; hydraulic preload adjustment/ 4.4 in. (112 mm)
Rake (steering head): 28°
Fork Angle: 28°
Trail: 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Lean Angle, Right/ Left (J1168): 31.3°/ 31.3°
Wheels: Dark bronze, Radiate cast aluminum wheel
Wheel, Front: 2.5 in. x 19 in. (64 mm x 483 mm)
Wheel, Rear: 5 in. x 16 in. (127 mm x 406 mm)
Tires, Front & Rear: Michelin® Scorcher® "31"
Tire, Front Specification: 110/90B19,62H,BW
Tire, Rear Specification: 180/70B16,77H,BW
Brakes, Front: Dual 300 mm black Split 7-spoke floating discs, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, Rear: 292 mm black Split 7-spoke floating disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): Standard

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Drivetrain

  • Milwaukee-Eight 117 passed down from the CVO lineup
  • 1,923 cc displacement
  • 103 hp & 125 lb-ft of torque
  • Massive roll-on anywhere in the rev range
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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The power package on the new Low Rider ST is the massively powerful Milwaukee-Eight 117 heretofore unseen outside of the CVO lineup.

The power package on the new Low Rider ST is particularly peachy with a plant heretofore unseen outside of the CVO lineup. I’m talking ’bout that Milwaukee-Eight 117 yummygoodness. Bore and stroke mic out at 4.075-inches and 4.5-inches, respectively, for a 1,923 cc displacement with a medium-spicy, 10.2-to-1 compression ratio that should tolerate mid-grade gas just fine.

Pushrods actuate the four-valve heads that give the engine its “Eight” designator, and though it’s mainly an air-cooled unit, it relies on pinpoint waste-heat removal from internal oil-cooling points. As usual for a Harley Big Twin, the power output is all about the grunt with 125 pound-feet of torque on tap at 3,500 rpm, but it comes backed up by 103 horsepower at 4,750 rom for your riding enjoyment. Even at 721 pounds soaking wet, that’s a whole lot of giddy-up-and-go, especially for a non-CVO machine.

The primary drive is a wide chain within the left-side case ahead of slipper clutch for some anti-hop protection and light clutch pull. A six-speed Cruise Drive transmission and a carbon-reinforced belt-type final drive finishes out the drivetrain for quiet, low-maintenance performance.

Engine: Milwaukee-Eight® 117, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder
Displacement: 117 cu in (1,923 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.075 in. (103.5 mm) x 4.5 in. (114.3 mm)
Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
Engine Torque (J1349): 125 ft-lb (169 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Power: 103 hp (77 kW @ 4,750 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner: Heavy Breather intake with synthetic media, washable exposed element
Exhaust: 2-into-2 offset shotgun; catalyst in muffler
Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/66 ratio
Clutch: Mechanical, 10 plate wet, assist & conventional
Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): 1st: 9.311, 2nd: 6.454, 3rd: 4.793, 4th: 3.882, 5th: 3.307, 6th: 2.79

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Price

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
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MSRP starts at $21.6k for basic black and $22.2k for gray.

You get a choice between two monochromatic paint packages on the new Low Rider ST, each with its own sticker. Naturally, there is a Vivid Black model that pairs well with the blackout treatment on the non-sheet metal parts, and it rolls for the lowest price at $21,749. If you’d rather lighten the mood a bit, the Gunship Gray model may be your Huckleberry, but you’ll have to add another $450 to the out-the-door price.

Model ID: FXLRST
Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval : First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
Color: Vivid Black, Gunship Gray
Price: $21,749, Color: $22,199

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Competitors

2020 - 2022 Indian Challenger
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H-D makes up half of the American Pair, so I thought I’d look to see what the other half has going on, and lo-and-behold I found the new Challenger.

Indian Challenger

2020 - 2022 Indian Challenger
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The Challenger is the pricier choice, but you get more electronic goodies for that money.

This pair has more in common than not, a fixed front fairing leads the way, even if it’s a bit beefier than the Low Rider. Same with the bags out back. Indian runs full-size, 2.4 cubic-feet worth of baggage versus the short, 1.9 cubic-foot bags on the H-D for a bit more visual weight there as well.

Actual weight is quite a bit heftier at 831 pounds wet – that’s a gain of 110 pounds – though the power figures from the liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine are still impressive. It checks in with 122 ponies and 128 pounds o’ grunt against 103/125 to give a solid performance edge to the challenging Challenger.

Plus, Indian brings the hurt with its Ride Command infotainment center and selectable Ride Modes, plus a stock audio system to add to Harley’s woes. The paint is eerily similar. Indian shoots the 2022 Challenger with Black Metallic, or if you prefer, a lighter monochrome Titanium Smoke finish. You’ll pay for those features though, to the tune of $23,999 for the black model, and $24,749 for the gray.

Read our full review of the Indian Challenger.

He Said

“No doubt about it, my ’89 FXRP was the best bike I’ve ever owned, and by far, my favorite, so this bike really takes me back. The only thing missing is the sprung solo saddle they ran on the old cop bikes. So yeah, I’m definitely digging this addition to the Softails.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “My husband really liked his old FXRP even though cop bikes are tall and he is not a tall guy. I think he has me beat for the number of times he had to do the toe-to-toe bounce at a stop. Cop-bike aside, the seat height on the Low Rider ST is perfect even for those of us folks with less-than-average inseams. I have to love the Milwaukee-Eight engine. Not only is it an aesthetically pleasing engine (rivaled, in my opinion, only but the Thunder Stroke), but it’s so strong anywhere in the rev range and it sounds so sexy. I’m a little disappointed with the tiny panniers and for a bike touted as a sport-tourer, there’s no audio system. The Rockford Fosgate audio kit will add $1k to the price and the accessory catalog has oodles of luggage additions including a choice of Tour Paks. So, yeah, there’s checks in the Plus column and checks in the Minus column, but overall, I like it. I really do.”

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Milwaukee-Eight® 117, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder
Displacement: 117 cu in (1,923 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.075 in. (103.5 mm) x 4.5 in. (114.3 mm)
Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
Engine Torque (J1349): 125 ft-lb (169 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Power: 103 hp (77 kW @ 4,750 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner: Heavy Breather intake with synthetic media, washable exposed element
Exhaust: 2-into-2 offset shotgun; catalyst in muffler
Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/66 ratio
Clutch: Mechanical, 10 plate wet, assist & conventional
Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): 1st: 9.311, 2nd: 6.454, 3rd: 4.793, 4th: 3.882, 5th: 3.307, 6th: 2.79
Chassis:
Frame: Mild steel, tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; MIG welded; aluminum forged fender supports
Swingarm: Mild steel, tubular sections, stamped x-member, forged axle junctions; MIG welded; removable belt spacer
Front Suspension/ Travel: Single cartridge 43 mm inverted with aluminum fork triple clamps; single rate spring/ 5.1 in. (130 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Hidden, free piston, coil-over monoshock; 56 mm stroke; hydraulic preload adjustment/ 4.4 in. (112 mm)
Rake (steering head): 28°
Fork Angle: 28°
Trail: 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Lean Angle, Right/ Left (J1168): 31.3°/ 31.3°
Wheels: Dark bronze, Radiate cast aluminum wheel
Wheel, Front: 2.5 in. x 19 in. (64 mm x 483 mm)
Wheel, Rear: 5 in. x 16 in. (127 mm x 406 mm)
Tires, Front & Rear: Michelin® Scorcher® "31"
Tire, Front Specification: 110/90B19,62H,BW
Tire, Rear Specification: 180/70B16,77H,BW
Brakes, Front: Dual 300 mm black Split 7-spoke floating discs, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, Rear: 292 mm black Split 7-spoke floating disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): Standard
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 93.1 in. (2,365 mm)
Overall Width: 34.3 in. (870 mm)
Overall Height: 51.2 in. (1,300 mm)
Wheelbase: 63.6 in. (1,615 mm)
Seat Height, Laden/ Unladen: 27 in. (686 mm) / 28.3 in. (720 mm)
Static Ground Clearance: 5.9 in. (150 mm)
Fuel Capacity: 5 gal. (18.9 l) w/ 1 gal. (3.8 l) reserve
Fuel Economy: 47 mpg (5 l/100 km)
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 5 qt. (4.7 l)
Transmission Capacity: 1 qt. (.95 l )
Primary Chain Case Capacity: 1.25 qt. (1.18 l )
Dry Weight: 694 lb. (315 kg)
Curb Weight: 721 lb. (327 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 1,160 lb. (526 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front / Rear: 450 lb. (204 kg) / 730 lb. (331 kg)
Luggage Capacity -Volume: 1.9 cu ft (0.05 m3)
Electric:
Battery: Sealed, maintenance-free, absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery, 12V, 17.5Ah, 310 CCA at 0°F
Charging: Three-phase, 42 Amp system (390 Watts @13 Volts, 1000 rpm, 546 Watts max power @ 13 Volts, 2000 rpm)
Starting: 1.6 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
└ Headlamp: All LED, low beam, high beam and signature position lamp
└ Tail/Stop: LED Zeppelin tail lamp
└ Front Signal Lights: Incandescent bullet turn signals
└ Rear Turn Signals: Incandescent bullet turn signals
Gauges: 2.14 inch viewable area LCD display with speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, range and tachometer indication
Auxiliary Lamps: N/A
Electric Power Outlet: USB A-type; output 5V at 2.4A
GPS System: N/A
Reverse Gear: N/A
Details:
Model ID: FXLRST
Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval : First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
Color: Vivid Black, Gunship Gray
Price: $21,749, Color: $22,199

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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