Applied Machete: The FXRDG and the FXDG

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The FXRDG and the FXDG

After I the FXRDG, and the FXDG in my post on the solid wheel equipped FXB I recieved a bunch of Emails for more info on them, and if I had any. I told everybody it be easier if I did a post here on the with the requests. I hope you this interesting as well.

A photo of the ’84 FXRDG Glide. Total production for the was 863 units, including 10 FXRSDG’s the longer Sport front

The ’84 FXRDG is a pretty link in the development and history of the By ’84, the Evolution engine was to go into production, and from the of the FXR program, the FXR (and the FLT) were constructed for Evo power, the Shovelhead filling the interim. wanted a Factory custom FXR for the Evo, and the FXRDG Disc was designed to fill the bill.

The Glide got it’s name it’s unique 2pc. 16 aluminum rear rim, that had been around in the bike world for a few years, but in the of an adapted automotive 15 rim. with the rim, the Disc received the first chrome and engine package available the Factory.

The Disc Glide also one of the first paint packages were developed by H-D in unison PPG’s Custom Paints The color was a black powdercoated with a … candy and Brandywine two-tone for the sheetmetal, over a gold ‘flake The blackberry was accomplished by applying a of candy red with a slight of red pearl over Harley’s Black as a base.

The result was a deep black, until you had it at the angle, and then you could see almost burgundy highlights on the surfaces.

Finishing off the Factory paint was a single hand-painted pinstripe to seperate the panels, and the old Harley-Davidson decal for the tank The whole paintjob was then to remove the steps in the decal and the Overall, it was probably Harley’s finish they had applied up to time, and set the Factory standard in department for all their bike there on out.

The FXR Disc Glide’s 2pc. aluminum rim by Centerline, and final drive. Note the riveted to join the wheel halves, and the .750 offset rear that was unique to the chain FXR’s.

Factory photo of the FXDG Disc Glide, or the G. or Willie Glide, as it was more known. Total production on the model was 810 bikes. Willie G. and Netz rode a pair of belt driven Wide FX’s VERY similar to FXDG, from the Factory in to Sturgis in ’82.

I saw them parked on Main St. by Gunner’s Bar year, and Willie G. was taking comments on them, and putting in his mental notepad.

H-D refered to model as their ultimate Glide. It was a Harley Factory in every sense of the word. The sheetmetal was painted a dark (along with the dash and primary cover), with the being black powdercoated.

The complete Shovelhead engine, and the inner primary were in both black wrinkle, and black powdercoat. The exhaust a matt black ceramic and the lower sliders received the black treatment, as well as of the rest of the parts on the bike would be traditionally chrome.

The big in the styling department though, was the of the 2pc. spun aluminum 16 wheel out back, which it in ’84 with the FXRDG you saw above. Along with the the back of the Disc Glide got an 11 1/2 and the front end sported two 10 rotors, were on their way out by ’85. A of trivia for you — the front end on the was 3 1/2 longer than stock, vs. the Factory Wide glide of 2 over.

Harley-Davidson FXDG Disc Glide Sturgis

Also part of the package was a 2up seat, sissy bar, and two stitched and laced leather which Harley referred to as Bags — one on the front and a larger one on the sissy bar. Can you Harley calling those by that name today? In my the FXDG was one of Harley’s best factory custom efforts rolled out of the factory.

Harley the FXB Sturgis’ primary and secondary drives one more encore and included both of them in the Glide’s drivetrain — the appearance of the primary belt on any production bike from Also getting one more was the inclusion of both kick and starters

The L/H side shot of the Unfortunately, this bike is the factory sissy bar, and stash bag, but still has the fork bag. This picture almost makes the look brown, it was really a oxblood color.

In a way, both these mark a passing of one era, and the of another. Both the big twin final drive, and the old 4 speed frame (and the 4 speed were on the way out. In ’84, the FXR already had a secondary belt, the FXR Superglide II, and the Disc Glide a chain drive. By ’85, all the FXR had a secondary belt.

And, in the only big twin models to a rear chain (aside the FLT line, with enclosed chain) were the Electraglide the FX Fatbob, and the Softail.

In ’85, the vestage of the old style 4 speed frame (along with the 4 transmission) was available, and it wasn’t the same frame, either. their gas tanks on, you would be pressed to see the difference. To retain the old of the 4 speed frame, and allow the Evo to mount in it, the factory took the section of the old 4 speed frame, and it to the front section of the ’85 frame.

Harley used this on the chain driven Electraglide and the FX Fatbob, the FX Low Rider, and the FX Wide — the last two being belt driven.

By the 1986 year, all of Harley’s big twins 5 speeds and secondary belt and only three big twin configurations were available the FLT, and FXR (both designed by Buell back in 1975), and the wow.

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