2022 Harley-Davidson Touring & Low Rider ST: Power Meets Cruiser
Harley-Davidson Road Glide, Street Glide, and Low Rider ST and Low Rider S article highlights:
- Harley-Davidson gives the Low Rider and two of its Touring motorcycles some extra King of the Baggers-style performance for 2022
- The Road Glide and Street Glide ST feature bigger engines, taller rear shocks for greater lean angles, and smaller styling components and bags for less weight
- The Low Rider S and ST get a similar performance and styling treatment but don’t get a standard infotainment system or the optional safety package
2021 was a big year for Harley-Davidson, what with launching its first-ever adventure bike as well as new e-bike and electric motorcycle lines. Plus, it revamped its iconic Sportster and started a new Revival series. For 2022, though, Harley’s marketing tagline claims the company wants to go “Further. Faster. And its first steps, or rather rides in that direction are the new Harley-Davidson Road Glide, Street Glide, and Low Rider ST.
Harley-Davidson waves the King of the Baggers flag high with its 2022 ST motorcycles
Although Indian won the inaugural King of the Baggers 2020 race, Harley-Davidson managed to clinch the series win for 2021. And since the ‘factory performance bagger’ concept has proven its popularity, Harley decided to bring it from the track to the street. Specifically, in the form of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide ST, as well as the ‘sport-touring’ Low Rider S and ST.
This isn’t mere marketing, though. Although they’re not copies of the race bikes, the Harley-Davidson ST models benefit from lessons learned in King of the Baggers. We’ve heard snippets of these lessons from competitors like Tyler O’Hara, Frankie Garcia, and Patricia Fernandez. Mostly, they boil down to less weight, higher lean angles, and more power.
And these new Harleys have studied hard.
The 2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide ST are big bikes with big power
|2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST (FLTRXST)|
2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST (FLTHXST)
|Engine||1923cc ‘Milwaukee-Eight 117’ air/oil-cooled V-twin|
|Front suspension and travel||49mm Showa Dual Bending Valve fork; 4.6”|
|Rear suspension and travel||Dual preload-adjustable twin shocks; 3.0”|
|Seat height||Road Glide ST: 28.1”|
Street Glide ST: 28.0”
|Curb weight||Road Glide ST: 842 lbs|
Street Glide ST: 814 lbs
The 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide and Road Glide ST are well-covered on the power front. They run the company’s biggest-displacement engine, the formerly-CVO-exclusive Milwaukee-Eight 117. And if it’s not powerful enough, it’s compatible with all Screamin’ Eagle performance accessories, ranging from air filters to exhaust pipes. A performance intakes comes standard, though, as do ABS-equipped linked Brembo brakes and cruise control.
Next, although their overall geometries are unchanged, both baggers have taller rear shocks and higher-mounted saddlebags. Therefore, they have more ground clearance and can lean over more, Cycle World explains. And to cut curb weight, Harley gave both motorcycles solo seats as well as smaller saddlebags, windshields, fenders, and engine guards, RevZilla notes.
As for model-specific features, the 2022 Road Glide ST takes a few styling cues from the factory King of the Baggers racer, including its bronze wheels. It also has a cleaner look than the standard Road Glide, thanks to a new LED taillight, low fairing-mounted windshield, and hidden antenna. But while it lacks rear passenger pegs, the Road Glide ST does have fairing-mounted speakers and a Boom Box GTS touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation.
The 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST gets the same styling tweaks and electronics as the Road Glide St. However, since it’s based on the Street Glide, it has a ‘batwing’ fairing rather than a ‘shark nose’ one. Also, it has a single LED headlight rather than dual ones.
The 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S and ST pack more sport for cruising and touring
|2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S (FXLRS)|
2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST (FXLRST)
|Engine||1923cc ‘Milwaukee-Eight 117’ air/oil-cooled V-twin|
|Front suspension and travel||43mm inverted Showa cartridge forks; 5.1”|
|Rear suspension and travel||Preload-adjustable monoshock; 4.4”|
|Seat height||Low Rider S: 28.0”|
Low Rider ST: 28.3”
|Curb weight||Low Rider S: 679 lbs|
Low Rider ST: 721 lbs
Before the new Sportster S came along, the Low Rider S was the sportiest bike in the Harley-Davidson lineup. Case in point, in addition to its inverted forks, it has a steeper rake than the Touring bikes. And for 2022, it’s getting a noticeable upgrade as well as a new sibling: the Low Rider ST.
Compared to its 2021 incarnation, the 2022 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S has a bigger engine and a taller rear shock with more travel. Its speedometer and tachometer are now one dial and mounted on the handlebars rather than the tank for better visibility. Also, it now has mid controls, as well as a mini-fairing and handlebar risers. Plus, like the ST models, it has a performance intake, solo seat, and ABS.
If the Low Rider S is a performance cruiser, the Low Rider ST is a Harley-Davidson sport-touring bike. So, it has engine guards, saddlebags, and a bigger fairing for extra wind protection. Hence why it weighs more than the Low Rider S. Incidentally, those saddlebags are from the now-discontinued Sport Glide, but mounted higher to maximize lean angle, Cycle World explains. The Low Rider ST doesn’t come standard with the Boom Box GTS infotainment system, but it’s designed to accommodate it without extra modifications.
How much does one of these power cruisers/baggers cost?
As of this writing, Harley-Davidson hasn’t released availability details for the 2022 Street Glide and Road Glide ST. The 2022 Low Rider S, though, is now available in Harley-Davidson dealers. And the Low Rider ST should arrive in late March 2022.
Harley-Davidson has released pricing details, however, and they break down like so:
- Road Glide ST: $29,999
- Street Glide ST: $29,999
- Low Rider S: $18,349
- Low Rider ST: $21,749
In addition, the Road Glide and Street Glide ST offer Harley’s Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements as an optional package. This bundles TPMS, multiple rider modes, hill-hold control, rear-wheel-slip control, as well as cornering-enhanced ABS, traction control, and linked brakes. You know, so you can further, faster.
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