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Harley-Davidson has a model line-up that is so diverse, even the most die-hard Harley fanatics have a tough time keeping up with it. For the average motorcyclist, it is next to impossible naming every Harley-Davidson they see.

To complicate matters further, Harley-Davidson has unleashed two new motorcycles that expand its current line-up and put more models on the floor for those who can’t decide which ride to pick. These two new motorcycles are the Low Rider and the one reviewed here, the SuperLow 1200T.

harley-davidson-superlow-1200TGoing by the Harley-Davidson’s claim, the new Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T is hungry for the horizon. It is an all-new offering from Harley that offers to be a nimble Sportster that is tour-ready with saddle bags, adjustable windshield and adjustable suspension. What the SuperLow 1200T is, is a sportster model equipped with all essential touring features, the SuperLow 1200T is created specifically to get more riders on the long-haul route to touring aboard a motorcycle with the signature style, comfort and prestige synonymous with Harley-Davidson.

Getting straight to the point, this motorcycle is designed for shorter riders looking for a comfortable touring machine. For a tall rider like me, accommodating my 6’2” frame on this motorcycle was a little difficult. This isn’t a motorcycle for the taller riders out there, period. Its ergonomics are calibrated to offer riders from 5’1” to 5’7” in height an easy reach to the ground, handlebar and foot controls.  The SuperLow 1200T weighs 53.5kg less than the lightest Harley-Davidson big twin touring motorcycle.

harley-davidson-superlow-1200TThe SuperLow 1200T features the same easy-handling chassis dynamics originally developed for the SuperLow 883. Touring features of this motorcycle include locking saddlebags and an easily detachable windshield. The windshield is also adjustable via four quick-release locks. It takes mere seconds to move it up or down depending on your preference.

The saddlebag mounting hardware incorporates quick-release docking points as well to make it possible to easily add an accessory rack or backrest. The rear shock absorbers offer easy to reach pre-load adjustment even with the bags on and will come in handy while adjusting to the weight of luggage and a passenger on the two-up rides.

In terms of looks and build quality, the SuperLow 1200T is every bit similar to its older, more expensive siblings. Quality and finish is top notch and there is abundance of chrome, just like you would expect from a Harley-Davidson.

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For me, the most impressive thing about this motorcycle is its engine. This air-cooled Evolution 1200cc V-Twin engine packs a mighty punch and comes with Harley’s Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). As always, there isn’t any official power rating for this engine but the official torque output rating is 96Nm at 3,750 rpm, which is abundant for a motorcycle this size.

You will be impressed with its broad powerband that makes getting away from a dead stop and overtaking a breeze. Being a bit aggressive on the throttle, I was very impressed with the way this motorcycles pulls itself out of corners and with gear shifting down a minimum, thanks to its torque output, the rideability of this motorcycle is inspiring.

harley-davidson-superlow-1200TOne thing that does needs highlighting is that it doesn’t come with a 6-speed transmission, which I felt was needed given the long, arrow straight roads of our region. The shifts are clunky, which might be a good thing or bad, depending on your preference and I did manage to slip into false neutrals, despite of my best efforts not to. These are the little things that are idiosyncratic to a Harley-Davidson, this is what gives these motorcycles its unique character.

The SuperLow 1200T handles well overall. It is agile and nimble and it isn’t intimidating at all given the fact that it is a Harley-Davidson tourer. Vibrations at high speed are minimal, except the engine vibration, which you get used to after a few minutes. It feels very stable. However, I did scrape the pegs quite a lot while cornering and I can assure you, I wasn’t crossing the line when it came to lean angles.

However, certain things do let it down, especially braking. It lacks the bite that you would expect if you push it even a little more than you should and for me, it was very noticeable and a tad bit disappointing.

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On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the SuperLow 1200T at 7. It is an impressive product and is a well thought after package given its target customers. It scores well on performance, build quality and features. It is targeted at a particular group of riders and I feel that it will do well to fulfil their riding needs. With an abundance of customisation options, riders can convert the SuperLow 1200T to fit their exact requirements. If it were me, the first thing I would look at changing are its muffled exhaust pipes.

The SuperLow 1200T is priced from AED 55,900 to AED 58,900 depending on the paint finish and is available at the Harley-Davidson showrooms in Dubai, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi. For more details on the showrooms, click here.

Specifications

POWERTRAIN

Engine: Air-cooled V-twin
Displacement: 1202cc
Gearbox: 5-speed
Max. Torque: 96Nm @ 3750 rpm
Max Power: NA

CHASSIS

Wheels: Black/Silver, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminium
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR-18 59W
Rear tyre: 150/70 ZR-17 69W
Brakes: Dual-piston callipers

DIMENSIONS

Length: 87.56 in.
Seat height, Laden: 26.13 in.
Seat height, Unladen: 27.65 in.
Ground clearance: 4.2 in.
Wheelbase: 59.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 17 litres
Curb weight: 271kg