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2011 Harley-Davidson SuperLow

For 2011, Harley-Davidson has introduced an entirely new entry level model, aimed squarely at riders, who want a comfortable motorcycle with low seat height.

Towards this goal, 2011 Harley-Davidson SuperLow comes with a seat height of only 25.5 inches, compared to the seat height of 27.5 inches in their CVO Street Glide Ultra and despite this, the dual coil-over rear shocks manage to offer a healthy 2.5 inches of wheel travel for a smooth ride.

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Powered by an air-cooled Evolution® 883cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) producing 76Nm of torque at 3500rpm, SuperLow is no slouch, but by no means a monster, which most people imagine Harley-Davidson motorcycles to be and I guess, this is where its target market lies.

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Harley-Davidsons has also made quite a bit of effort to ensure SuperLow handles well and accurately and changes made to tyre size and a new front fork angle give the SuperLow 5.7 inches of trail for outstanding steering feel and feedback to the rider. 18-inch-diameter front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel are fitted with Michelin® Scorcher® 11 radial tyires. The profile, tread pattern and construction of these tyres was specifically developed to enhance the handling of 2011 SuperLow. And according to Harley-Davidson, the new wheel-and-tyre combination has significantly reduces mass and inertia front and rear, which when combined with the tyre design, improves steering response, and reduces steering effort.

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According to Jim Hofmann, General Manager, Motorcycle Product Planning, Harley-Davidson, “In engineering the tire-and-wheel design and steering geometry for the SuperLow, the team applied lessons learned in the development of the XR1200X, which result in similarly significant gains in maneuverability. The SuperLow is of course a very different motorcycle from the XR1200X, with a different mission, but the theme of achieving a precise balance of steering geometry, tire profile and construction, and suspension tuning is the same and equally successful. It takes just one ride on the SuperLow to believe it.”

Priced at US$7,999 in US, we hope that Harley-Davidson SuperLow would soon be heading to India, where it might just find a small niche to play in and might just entice more ladies to start riding.

Key features of the 2011 XL883L SuperLow:

  • An air-cooled Evolution® 883cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 55 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3500 rpm, has a broad powerband for easy get-away from a stop and smooth power out of corners.
  • The 68/29 (2.34:1) final drive ratio is matched to the rear tire diameter and promotes smooth acceleration away from a stop and at low speeds.
  • Equipped with Black, Split Five-Spoke with Machined Rim wheels front and rear. Rear wheel is 17 x 4.5 inches. Front wheel is 18 x 3.5 inches.
    Michelin Scorcher 11 radial tires are designed specifically for the SuperLow. Front is 120/70ZR18; rear is 150/60ZR17.
  • 39mm Showa® fork with 4.1 inches travel.
  • Coil-over pre-load adjustable rear shocks with 2.5 inches of wheel travel.
  • Seat height is 25.5 inches. Solo seat has a deep bucket shape and is easy to straddle.
  • The handlebar has a wide, flat bend that places the hand grips and controls in a natural riding position for outstanding control and comfort.
  • The 4.5-gallon fuel tank offers extended range and helps give the SuperLow a low-profile appearance.
  • Mid-mount foot controls.

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