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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST 

A welcome addition to the softail ranks for 2022, the Low Rider ST builds on the highly successful Low Rider platform with added muscle and desirability with the bonus of hard panniers and front fairing for more touring capability.

In fact the Low Rider ST has been so popular since it’s inception and release earlier this year, that it has formed the basis for the brands latest icon release the El Diablo which has sold out its limited production in Australia before a bike has even landed on Australian soil.

Initially revealed as the showpiece of the 2022 model range, the Low Rider ST can be simply described as the people’s bike. Drawing inspiration from Dyna’s past and utilising the latest Softail frame technology, it’s one of the most anticipated bikes this year.

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2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

Harley-Davidson have taken all that is good about the Low Rider S and packaged it into a more practical touring bike in the ST, maintaining all the West Coast styling and FU attitude that us punters have come to love about the platform.

The aggressive ride factor remains and so does the blacked out sinister look, paired to the same beefy Milwaukee Eight 117 motor found in the Low Rider S. What’s been added is a front fairing akin to a mini shark nose and some nifty lockable hard panniers.

Like the Road Glide, the fairing of the Low Rider ST is mounted to the frame and does not influence or effect handling in any negative way. There are some moulded aerodynamic vents that assist with wind drag and rider ventilation as well.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

The fairing will be polarising for some on an aesthetic front, but for us we quite dig it, and also appreciate the additional comfort it offers at highway speeds. The panniers provide good luggage and storage space as well.

These are not quiet as large as you would find on some of Harley’s bigger touring offerings though, and will require some thought if you intend on bringing a pillion.

This is because they sit a little higher on the mounting brackets than they do on say, a Sport Glide, and getting your passenger’s legs around the panniers will be more than a little tricky, even with a raised rear seat.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

The experience from the solo seat remains tough, aggressive and rider focused, although the handlebar positioning and mounting still has the rider’s fists in the wind. With the mid-mount controls, the combination forms a performance oriented ergonomic triangle.

There’s no fancy infotainment system of whizz bang gadgetry either, with all the necessary rider information displayed via the same digital handlebar mounted speedo that is present on models such as the Street Bob and Breakout.

Controls are standard Harley-Davidson issue, being nice and easy to use, as well as feeling good to the touch. The Low Rider ST also gets the added benefit of having cruise control fitted standard, which makes punching out those highway kilometres a little easier.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

As you might expect, the focal point of the bike is its motor, delivering 78kW of power and 168Nm of torque, which is enough grunt to be properly fun, even in stock standard trim. The thought of adding an aftermarket exhaust and cam just excites the bejesus out of us.

Tipping the scales at 327kg, the Low Rider ST handles exceptionally well. Much like its S sibling variant, it also scores a performance air cleaner as standard kit, adding to the demeanour of the bike.

Get it into the twisty stuff on roads like the Old Pacific Hwy just north of Sydney, and the handling dynamics showcase themselves, making the Low Rider ST a blast to ride. Even with the fairing and panniers, the bike flicks from corner to corner beautifully.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

It remains well balanced, nimble and agile. The suspension and braking componentry is carried over from the Low Rider S, with stopping power delivered via robust dual front discs with 4-piston callipers, coupled with ABS.

The combination is especially good when riding a little more enthusiastically in the twisty stuff. The rear braking setup, not so much. It’s genuinely underdone, and lacks the performance on offer from the front. It’s probably the only genuine downside to the bike.

The 2022 Low Rider ST also benefits from the Softail’s 28-degree raked frame platform. Combined with an inverted single cartridge 43mm fork design with triple clamps, it stiffens the front end for improved steering response, delivering exceptional handling.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

The suspension does a good job, offering decent road feel, while at the rear, the standard Softail setup is hidden, adjustable via the the knobby turny thing (that’s the technical term, okay). In a nutshell, the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST works brilliantly as a package.

With the addition of the touring creature comforts the Low Rider ST takes the already popular Low Rider S to the next level. Sure the front fairing may be polarising for some Harley fans, however the Low rider ST overall is a very accomplished bike. Combining the best parts of the Low Rider dark customisation with further practicability, whilst not sacrificing the fists in the wind riding style.

Potentially the biggest victim of the success of the Low Rider ST will be the Sport Glide. The Low Rider ST has significant upgrade in spec, most noticeably the super smooth and grunt characteristics of the 117 cubic inch motor although it does come with a price premium over the Sport Glide.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

The 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST is available in two colours; Vivid Black and Gunship Grey (as tested), with pricing start from $35,250 ride away. It’s backed by Harley-Davidson’s 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Pricing is still significantly cheaper then the entry point into Harley-Davidson touring range and the Low Rider ST with its dynamic handling, powerful 117 cubic inch power plant, touring capability and its bad ass attitude is sure to find a home amongst many potential buyers as well as Harley owners looking to upgrade.

Our test bike was provided by Harley-Davidson Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

Pros – handling; performance oriented bike; emphasis on rider enjoyment.
Cons – rear braking setup is average; passenger carrying capability.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
8.5
Style and Comfort
8.5
Braking and Handling
8.5
Overall Bike Performance
9
Value for Money
8.5
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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A welcome addition to the softail ranks for 2022, the Low Rider ST builds on the highly successful Low Rider platform with added muscle and desirability with the bonus of hard panniers and front fairing for more touring capability. In fact the Low Rider ST...2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST