Motorcycle: Lowriders Dynas - FXRS - Conv Low Rider Convertible, 1989 -1993
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FXRS - Conv Low Rider Convertible, 1989 -1993
Characterized by their brutal, low lines, fat rear wheels and skinny front ends, Low Riders represented one of the core "families" of Milwaukee models from 1977 until the mid-1990s. Beginning with the 74-inch Shovelhead FXS in 1977, the range grew to include seminal spin-offs such as the FXEF Fat Bob and FXB Sturgis. Along the way. Low Ridel-capacity grew to 80cu in (1,338cc) for 1980 and adopted toothed-belt final drive for the FXSB of 1983. The first Evolution-engine Low Rider, the FXRS Custom Sport, appeared for the 1985 model year, gaining five-speed transmission one year later. By 1987, Hariey's "broadest and most versatile range" included Standard, Custom and Sport Edition models, as well as sister models such as the quintessential Super-Glide and SportGlide.
Harley-Davidson literature was always keen to stress Low Riders' unrivalled "combination of style and comfort", and it was certainly true that the range always veered towards the practical end of the style scale: cruisers that are as adept on the open road as on the city streets.
"They're in their element anywhere there's pavement" was how the brochures put it. It was no idle boast.
This was never more apparent than with the Low Rider Convertible released for the 1989 season.
Although not exactly a convertible in the Cadillac sense, this model was as close as any two-wheeler needed to be. No longer did owners need to lash luggage wherever they could - this Convertible came complete with leather saddlebags. There was a large, wind-cheating Lexan screen, too. The real beauty of both was that they were detachable, and quickly. Riders setting out for the long haul could leave them on - or, in just a few moments, whip them off for a cruise downtown.
As a touring alternative to Electra-Glidr overkill, the Convertible was supreme. Its plush seat, standard sissy bar and highway pegs offered reasonable i.ninlorl (altliough tlie pillion pad was altt.iv sninething of a style-diclated joke), while the screen kept off the worst of road grime and weather. It handled tolerably well, too. The 1 1/2 in (39mm) limit lurks featured air-adjustment and anti-dive. For a heavyweight Harley, ground clearance was also good. Stopping was better than the Milwaukee norm - courtesy of twin hydraulic discs at the front and one at the rear. The Low Rider look came largely from the choice of wheels: a 19in (483mm) front rim with a 100/90 tyre, compared to a 16 in (406mm) rear hoop with a fat, 5 1/8 in - (130 mm-) wide tread. Power came from the Evo 81.6cu in
(1,340cc) mill. Although tthe rubber-mounting wasn't quite in the same league as modern Dyna models, it was pretty good. For five years until it gave way to the Dyna series at the end of 1993, the Low Rider Convertible was perhaps the most practical Harley-Davidson model. It was a neat adaptation of a well-sorted design, so there were few improvements during the time. A 1 3/5 in
(40mm) Keihin carb and improved clutch were introduced in 1990, and other minor details, but essentially the first one was as good as the last. In 1994, the FXRS gave way to another Convertible, the Dyna-series FXDS.
Engine: air-cooled ohv V-twin
Capacity: 81.6cu in (l,340cc)
Power: 691 bhp
Weight: 5851by (265kg)
Wheelbase: 64.7in (1,643 mm)
Top speed: 106 mph (170 kph)
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