2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S and CVO Pro Street Breakout – First Look Review

2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Today at X Games Aspen, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Harley-Davidson unveiled two new cruisers as mid-year additions to its 2016 lineup, the Low Rider S and CVO Pro Street Breakout.

Last summer Harley-Davidson introduced two new limited-edition Softails, the Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S, both powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 previously reserved for CVO models. The third member of S Series, the Low Rider S, gets the same loud-n-proud V-twin, with a Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather performance intake and Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust, that belts out 115 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm (claimed), 13 percent more than the standard Low Rider. The powertrain and exhaust are finished in a combination of gloss black and wrinkle black powdercoat. The Low Rider S features a heavy-duty clutch, a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission and standard cruise control.

2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

To control its added power, the Low Rider S is equipped with a Premium Ride cartridge fork and Premium Ride nitrogen gas-charged emulsion shocks, as well as triple disc brakes with dual floating front rotors and standard ABS. A new solo seat, flat drag-style handlebar on 5.5-inch risers and midmount controls put the rider in an aggressive, hands-up position, and seat height is just 27 inches. A chopped rear fender and side-mount license plate keep the rear end tidy.

The Low Rider S is offered only in Vivid Black, with black finishes front to rear. For contrast, it gets hot rod-inspired Magnum Gold lightweight cast-aluminum wheels, and a gold tank badge pays homage to the 1977 XLCR Café Racer. MSRP is $16,699.

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2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout
2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout

Joining the other models in Harley-Davidson’s exclusive Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) lineup for 2016—the CVO Limited, CVO Road Glide Ultra and CVO Street Glide—is the new CVO Pro Street Breakout, a limited-production model inspired by America’s drag-racing scene. It has a dark look and introduces new, innovative finishes such as Smoke Satin Chrome, found on the timer covers, exhaust heat shields and handlebar, and Scorched Chrome, which is used on the Aggressor custom wheels.

Powering the CVO Pro Street Breakout is the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B, with an open-element Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Elite intake, black blunt-cut mufflers and a high-performance Assist & Slip clutch with hydraulic actuation. The chassis features a new 43mm upside-down fork gripped by a three-bolt triple-clamp, dual-disc front brakes with floating rotors, a Reduced Reach front brake lever and standard ABS. The CVO Pro Street Breakout rolls on 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, with a fat 240mm-wide rear tire.

2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout
2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout

CVO bikes are about style as much as performance, and the Pro Street Breakout has race-inspired details, such as a color-matched speed screen fairing and chin spoiler, and a bucket seat with bolstered pillion seat and CVO badging. Its flat, 1.25-inch drag-style handlebar is finished in Smoked Satin Chrome, and other styling features include a chopped front fender, blacked-out Airflow Collection hand and foot controls, black Profile custom mirrors, an LED headlight and a low-profile console with smoked braided vent lines. Restyled derby and timing covers have a new, mechanical look, and bodywork is painted either solid Starfire Black or two-tone White Gold Pearl/Starfire Black, each with a single hand-applied graphic stripe flowing along the tank and rear fender. Electronic cruise control and the H-D Smart Security System featuring a new hands-free integrated security and locking fob are standard equipment. MSRP is $25,699.

 

 

 

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