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Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide

Harley-Davidson 2010 FXDC Glide Custom road

February 20, 2010

Beauty and the

The unsung Dyna shines for

Hard in the wind, hands on the boots on the mid-mounts, knees the fat bobs, the sun glinting off the deep-chrome and bars and clamp and mirrors, the pulse of the Big Twin issuing staggered duals; a pure nugget of essential Harleyness, is we have here. The Super Custom is at once both a to the breakthrough styling of the early Glides—the 1972 iteration, well as a refined and mechanically evocation of those Willie G. “factory custom” forays. The and feel of the machine preserve the code of the FX like no other and were it up to me to assign the H-D alphabet to the bike, it would have to be the

The FXDC riding experience my suddenly sentimental self to 1972 and riding a buddy’s new FX, recalling how immaculately cool I in the saddle of the thing, and also how stubbornly resistant to kick-starting AMF product was. (I recall as envious I was of my buddy’s ability to the beast at the age of 18, to say nothing of his ability to a real beard.) Revisiting sensations was a pleasant surprise, and one was long overdue. In truth, been remiss in properly and reviewing this model, but been a widely-shared oversight in the even, arguably, in Milwaukee.

The FXDC Super Glide the Harley lexicon for the first in 2005 (though the FXDC had appeared briefly in 1991 on the Dyna Glide Custom). It was a debut without a lot of splash and largely because there wasn’t much about the to ballyhoo about.

It remained out of the in 2006, being dramatically by the 35th Anniversary Super with its big fat bobs, laced pullbacks, tank-mount dash and stunning 1971 paint and treatment replete with the AMF #1 logo boldly displayed on console and side cover. And the FXDC returned for 2007 it by and large, the 35th Anniversary repurposed and rebadged, but without the cosmetics it remained oh-so-easy to in light of the heavily-hyped Dark nascence and its Dyna Street Bob

And then along came the Fat Bob, and an even further of the Dyna platform into appointments. On the shiny side of the the Custom competed for attention the popular Low Rider and Wide models.

Continually upstaged and the Custom hung in there and in its patience has been rewarded. the exit of the Low Rider from the and the return of the Wide Glide in Custom clothing, the FXDC a new prominence as the last Dyna of the fabled acres-of-chrome factory hog. (Who knew a Harley could become for nostalgia?) For me, my time with machine has been like one of Hollywood romantic comedies after all the glamour-pusses have the party, there stands the girl next door you realize at last, was the one you wanted all

And I am smitten with this (I’d buy a black one), and to do it photographically I called upon the of my old pal “Panhead Mike” DeContreras “Mikey D.” and “Mexican Mike” and Bike Mike” and God only what else—the guy inspires whose 5-foot 9-inch doesn’t obscure the view my 6-foot 4-inch frame, and is ideally suited to the task. An pleasure of getting Mike was to gauge his reactions to the bike.

One of the simple pleasures of my job comes exposing inveterate bikers for the time to the TC 96/Cruise Drive It’s uniformly eye-opening for the and in the case of Mike—whose own history in the of a Harley predates the original FX and has decades on a Panhead, as well as Evo and TC 88 Electra Glides—the first out of his mouth after the maiden on the Custom were, “Jesus. thing wants to do burn-outs.”

true. It does. A quick of the throttle brings a wallop of to the rear tire, and the bike tries to squirt out from you.

You quickly learn to keep wrist low on the grip lest you rock back and go hurtling wide-eyed, hair afire. what you get when you stuff 96 and 93 ft/lbs into a comparatively 650-pound hog.

Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide

The Super Custom fits a man of Mike’s admirably. Me, not so much. At least not the long haul where the from the seat to the mid-mount is a snug fit, and one that to get snugger after a few hours on the The payoff for that geometry however, when taking the for a session of back road where the upright posture and handlebar is all hard-charging business.

that with the stout chassis introduced in 2007, the 49mm, dual-rate-sprung front and the Michelin Scorcher tires new for and you get a bike with an agility in the belied by its visual mass.

And sport-touring is obviously not the FXDC’s directive, as a practical matter the can be morphed from day-tripper to dog in mere minutes, thanks to elegantly engineered quick-detachables; a that includes windscreens of heights and styles, luggage passenger backrests and saddlebags, all of are simple to install and employ, and only subtle mounting as evidence of that capacity stripped off. Another feature in touring duty is the fuel range. I averaged mpg over the course of a two-day frolic, and with a 5.1 gallon tank that translates to an 200-mile envelope (though, the fuel warning light on the bike gets nervous there’s still 1.5 gallons on

Blue Collar Special

a lot to love about this but of its many beauties perhaps the is the price tag. At a base of $12,999 for the basic black it’s the least costly of any Big save the $11,999 Super They’re very different these two, and comparisons are superficial.

But put simply, that grand gets the purchaser a with two-up capacity the saddle and rear pegs, big tank and gorgeous dash, and of chrome from stem to It’s a smokin’ deal at a when a smokin’ deal is for a bigger consideration than it to be in selecting a Harley, and to put that and value in further economical it’s worth noting the nearly identical 2007 went for a base price of that year.

That’s an 11 percent discount for Talk about lovable.

two-tone model with Chrome Aluminum Profile wheels pictured here for $14,104.)

Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide
Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide
Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide
Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide

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