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Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback

2012 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback

By Arv / 4 September 2012 / Comments are

“Harley-Davidson’s FLD Dyna Switchback: A – or not”

Let’s say that currently riding a Harley model, and feel the need to up to something a little bigger in a or touring genre, but have issues with things size, power, price and Both the Softail and Dyna families provide some cool choices in the Cruiser as does the Road King, the H-D Touring family serves up an selection for making those journeys in open road while offering plenty of storage and passenger accommodations.

On the of size, riders of smaller might well be intimidated by the dry of Harley’s touring bikes – not so much as they’re a little and often feature lower heights. In terms of power, families of bikes deliver ranges of power, which can modified and increased to suit a requirements. Price is another altogether, as cruisers cost than Sportsters, but less bikes in the touring category.

Cruisers are generally available in a solo or two-up configuration – for the free-spirit individual image, and to accommodate a passenger, with or bags. Tourers on the other are normally more about and accommodations for a passenger than and often lack the same image factor as solo

What to do? What to do? Well, it that the good folks at may have come up with the solution that offers a alternative for the rider who wants or a more manageable bike in of size, that delivers than adequate power at an price. That solution is in the of the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback in the family. The Switchback is essentially two on one.

It comes with lockable, and quickly removable hard and windshield to satisfy the need for the of personal gear and protection the wind on the road at speed – a if you will. Or not, with the and windshield removed for that biker image. Essentially, the isn’t too big or too heavy, nor is it to tall for with shorter inseams.

bigger than a Sportster and smaller than a Road so it’s not really intimidating at even for the smaller rider. The height is only 26.1-inches, the footboards are mid-mounted and the mini-ape are ideally positioned for a comfortable posture.

Power for the Switchback is delivered by a cu. in. OHV, 4-valve, air-cooled, cam 103™ engine with sequential port fuel with a two-into-one right exhaust. Power reaches the wheel via a Chain Primary and final drive, with changes provided courtesy of a 6-speed CruiseDrive sequential gearbox.

Suspension componentry of 41.3 mm forks with 20 mm damping and triple rate with 3.86” of travel up The Showa fork features a damping rod on the right side, but a more elaborate damping in the left with 3.86-inches of thanks to the triple rate The swingarm is connected to “cigar chrome shock covers in the that hide modern emulsion 36mm dampers a 5-step preload adjustable rate spring and 2.13-inches of

The Switchback rolls on Black cast aluminum wheels highlighted rims (3.5x 18” and 4.5-17” rear) shod Harley-Davidson Dunlop bias rubber – D402F 130/70B 18 63H and D401 160/70B 17 73H rear.

the Switchback to a halt is a single with 4-piston fixed forward, and two piston torque-free caliper on a single rotor ABS is an available option for $1,195.

Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback

the Switchback sports a wheelbase of an overall length of 92.8-inches, and a dry weight of 696 pounds. Fuel is 4.7 gallons, and the bike is expected to 42 mpg combined city/highway fuel

My test 2012 Harley-Davidson FKD Switchback was provided courtesy of Steed Harley-Davidson of Vacaville, CA. It was Vivid Black and came a base price of $15,999. final price for my Switchback bike was  $16,734. paint schemes including Silver Pearl or Ember Red are priced at $16,384.

Add $335. For Freight Charge and $350-$400 for dealer prep and which varies by dealer, and add $1,195 for ABS.

SUMMARY:  The Switchback is Chameleon-like, with the to switch back (hence the and forth from touring to cruiser in just a few minutes. It is to appeal to a wide range of such as younger riders to hit the road touring, women and baby-boomers looking to downsize for manageability. The Switchback may well be of as a trimmed down Road – roughly 80 pounds less.

The feature a simple, small, three-point arrangement with two points on the fender struts and one at the of the fender, for a clean appearance the bags are off.

As already stated, the Switchback the purpose of a mini-bagger or a solo equally well. For many it will be just right, its size, weight, price and role image.

SPECIFICATIONS: FLD Dyna Switchback-‘12

Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback


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