The Motor Company has spiced things up for the 2022 model year, equipping a small number of models with the big Milwaukee-Eight 117ci V-twin engine as standard equipment. Previously, this powerplant was made exclusively for CVO models, but H-D is following the deeply rooted performance V-twin trend and placed it in the Low Rider S and Low Rider ST models, as well as utilizing it in the Road Glide and Street Glide ST models we recently swung a leg over.
Prior to an upcoming first ride review of the 2022 Low Rider S, we rolled it on the Cycle World Dynojet 250i dynamometer, recording horsepower and torque figures. The M-8 117 produced 94.76 peak horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 115.13 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm, which reflects roughly a 14 percent increase in horsepower and, although minor, a slight increase in peak torque. That’s nothing to discount, however, as over 110 pound-feet is readily available from 2,500 rpm until nearly 4,500 rpm. In comparison, the smaller-displacement Milwaukee-Eight 114′s torque delivery (that we last dynoed in a Street Glide Special) is much less of a tabletop-like curve, dipping below 100 pound-feet by the same 4,500 rpm threshold.
Peak numbers aren’t everything.