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2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs. Low Rider® ST | Branford, CT

For iconic looks and performance-oriented design, look no further than the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic and 2023 Harley-Davidson Low Rider® ST. So, what’s the difference? Each bike offers versatile uses — from weekend cruises on the highway to rumbles around your city’s streets — and a trusty V-twin engine, but the Low Rider ST features the larger of the two power plants. Every Low Rider ST comes with a blacked-out appearance and fairing, versus standard chrome detailing or available blacked-out style and a removable windscreen on the Heritage Classic. Take these, and other key differences, into account as you use the following research comparison from the team at Freedom Road Harley-Davidson to pick your favorite new bike. Want more info? See our Heritage Classic review.

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2023 HD Heritage Classic vs. Low Rider ST

2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic vs. Low Rider ST Engine Specs & Powertrain

Roll out with the soul-stirring sound and uncompromising power a Milwaukee-Eight® V-Twin engine with either the 2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic or Low Rider ST. Of the two bikes, you get a bigger Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine with more horsepower and torque on the Low Rider ST. The Milwaukee-Eight 114 power plant on the Heritage Classic has all the muscle you need for long rides as well. Both motorcycles get up to 47 MPG combined between city and highway riding.

At the front end of the air intake system for the Heritage Classic, you get a ventilator air cleaner, and on the back end, you get 2-into-2 shorty dual exhaust pipes. For the Low Rider ST, performance for that Milwaukee-Eight 117 is fed in by a heavy breather air intake system and out through a 2-in-2 offset shotgun exhaust. Tires are another difference — find Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series tires on the Heritage Classic and Michelin Scorcher tires on the Low Rider ST.

See the performance specs for each bike in the following table.

Model Heritage Classic Low Rider ST
Engine Milwaukee-Eight 114 Milwaukee-Eight 117
Engine Bore 4.016 in. 4.075 in.
Displacement 114 cu.-in. 117 cu.-in.
Horsepower 94 HP 103 HP
Torque 119 lb.-ft. 125 lb.-ft.
Torque RPM 3,000 RPM 3,500 RPM
Combined Fuel Economy 47 MPG 47 MPG
2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic riding through forest

2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic

2023 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST riding past bushes

2023 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic vs. Low Rider ST Safety & Technology

An LED headlamp — including the iconic Daymaker® on the Heritage Classic — is standard on both bikes, and the Heritage Classic also includes auxiliary LED fog lamps. Be seen with a Zeppelin tail lamp on both bikes — with LED bulbs for the Low Rider ST and incandescent bulbs for the Heritage Classic. Dual front brakes are exclusive to the Low Rider ST. An anti-lock braking system is included with both motorcycles to help prevent you from high- or low-siding it.

In terms of instrumentation, the Heritage Classic comes with a 5-inch analog speedometer with digital readouts for the odometer fuel level, range, tachometer, and more. The Low Rider ST takes a more understated approach with a 2.14-inch digital display that shows all your key performance specs.

2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic vs. Low Rider ST Dimensions

While the 2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic and Low Rider ST both find their place in the Cruiser category, each one has some unique attributes and different dimensions. Overall, the two bikes weigh roughly the same, but Heritage Classic runs just a bit lower to the ground and is two inches longer than the Low Rider ST. Both put you in a comfortable, upright riding position and the Heritage Classic provides you with floorboards while the Low Rider ST gives you mid-mount pegs for your feet. Only the Heritage Classic includes a pillion pad for your back warmer.

Among other unique design features, the Heritage Classic comes with a detachable windshield, making it ideal for highway riding should you choose to answer the call of the open road. By comparison, the Low Rider ST is built with a wide FXRT-inspired, frame-mounted fairing. Both bikes include lockable saddlebags, with the removable saddlebags on the Low Rider ST coming in slightly ahead for overall cargo room.

Model Heritage Classic Low Rider ST
Seating Two One
Length 95.1 in. 93.1 in.
Wheelbase 64.2 in. 63.6 in.
Rake 30 deg. 28 deg.
Trail 5.5 in. 5.7 in.
Laden Seat Height 26.3 in. 27 in.
Ground Clearance 4.7 in. 5.9 in.
Luggage Capacity 1.5 cu.-ft. 1.9 cu.-ft.
Weight (as shipped / running order) 697 / 728 lbs. 694 / 721 lbs.
2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic outside cabin

2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic

2023 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST in parking garage

2023 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic vs. Low Rider ST Pricing

Get on the 2023 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic starting at $21,199 MSRP*. By comparison, the 2023 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST starts at $22,199 MSRP*. The starting prices for each bike are for it in Vivid Black; for additional equipment or other colors — like some of the striking two-tone colors available on the Heritage Classic — the price elevates from there.

*Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, surcharges (attributable to raw materials costs in the product supply chain), added accessories, and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. Harley-Davidson reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer-specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.

Visit Freedom Road Harley-Davidson for a Test Ride

Find your new Heritage Classic or Low Rider ST for sale at Freedom Road Harley-Davidson. Take a look at our available inventory, then schedule a time to ride at our Branford, CT, dealership. Have a question? Get in touch with our online contact form or by calling or texting (203) 315-4759.

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