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Harley-Davidson FXDS Dyna Glide Convertible

It was going to be another 97-degree in Las Vegas, Nevada, but in the late the temperature was still bearable, pleasant. One of the ubiquitous Las Vegas transported my friend Evelyn and I the Riviera Hotel to the front of Eagle Rider Motorcycle owned by Al and Jody Karp.

We here to meet my riding Rocky and Gordon, who had ridden motorcycles to Las Vegas from Oregon the day before, and to pick up the new 1999 Dyna Convertible, the of this review, I had reserved.

I was interested in the Dyna Convertible, as I had the that the ideal next for me (I guess I am always looking for the bike) would be one of the Dyna family, specifically either the Super Glide Sport, or Glide models. I had ridden a Super Glide around the of Oahu, in Hawaii, and caged a ride on a Wide Glide my friends at Doyle’s Harley-Davidson in Now, I was anxious to ride the

The Dyna Convertible is an FXDS-CONV in the alphabet. The FX prefix means the bike has a Sportster (X) front end forks, headlight, and front grafted to a big twin (F) frame. It has a Sportster type rear

The teardrop shaped fuel which has a single gas cap and a fuel holds 4.9 gallons of gas. The EPA mileage of 50 highway and 42 city that you can go a reasonable distance fuel stops.

Rocky, Evelyn, and I were planning on out to Red Rock Canyon, in the hills of Las Vegas. This is an excellent ride, as it incorporates straight of desert highway as well as canyon roads, plus and go city traffic on the crowded of Las Vegas.

The Convertible is a cruise-tour that features a detachable and saddlebags, allowing it to be quickly back into a pure It also comes standard a comfortable (according to Evelyn, who consented to be my passenger on the ride) backrest, and adequate passenger

Instrumentation includes a speedometer odometer and trip meter, a the usual warning lights, and the aforementioned gas gauge. Kudos to for mounting the large speedo and up on the handlebars, where they can be seen. Like all Harley-Davidsons, turn signals, belt and a halogen headlight are standard

A more complete list of can be found in my Touring and Sport Motorcycle Chart.

With its 28 steering head and decent angles (33.5 degrees 34.5 degrees left), it shares with the Dyna Glide Sport, the Convertible and handles more like a big than a cruiser. The sport cast aluminum wheels, isolation-mounted engine, and triple brakes with 4-piston reinforce that image. But the seat, only 27.75 from the ground, and ape hanger are pure cruiser.

I found uncomfortable for even a half-day and they are the first things I replace if I bought a Convertible.

H-D is still supplying the Convertible the same, somewhat outdated, windshield and saddlebags it has used the late 1980’s. The windshield is requiring virtually all riders to through it rather than it. It does offer great

The leather trimmed nylon are clearly inferior to newer from the Motor Company. are awkward to use, and unsightly. At the saddlebags are easy to remove by a large knob (some say too have been known to off); but removing the windshield an Allen wrench. H-D has far more (and better looking) windshields in their Accessory and one of these should be fitted to the

Better designed, all leather, would also be a welcome

Unlike virtually every owned Harley on the street, machine was literally box-stock. all Harley-Davidson dealers recommend (at a re-jetting the carburetor, and installing a Eagle low restriction air cleaner and Eagle slip fit mufflers, at the opportunity.

These simple usually performed before the takes delivery of a new motorcycle, or at the 500 mile checkup, let the stock breathe as it was intended, and gain 7 ft/lbs. of torque, and 5-10 But this Convertible’s Twin Cam 88 1450cc) motor was completely

The Twin Cam 88 is a beautiful motor. about every part could be chromed is chrome, and the of its black cylinder fins are polished. No motor from any manufacturer can match its appearance, and few cruiser motors can match its

The Twin Cam 88 has definitely extended lead in the cruiser class.

The Convertible is a big bike, with a wheelbase, and a dry weight of 640 pounds. Due to its low of gravity, it handles better at low lot) speeds than one expect. It is easy to maneuver in traffic, even with a onboard.

Actually, the Convertible is not heavy when compared to cruise-tour and touring motorcycles, and it is one of the sportier bikes in this

Starting the Convertible is the same as any other Dyna Glide The ignition switch is below the edge of the seat, just the battery (a somewhat unhandy but one gets used to it). For starts, there is an enrichener on the left side beneath the gas and between the cylinder heads.

I let any motorcycle warm up before I away, and I encountered no problems I snicked the Convertible into gear and eased out the clutch. and I headed out of the Eagle Rider lot on the Dyna Convertible, following slick BMW R1100RT touring and Rocky’s customized 883 Sportster Ruby).

Like all Harley big twins, the 5 speed transmission shifts a noticeable clunk, but it shifts The clutch lever requires a high level of effort, but it not be a problem for a person with hand strength. Harley has the shaped clutch and brake in the business, and they are very to use.

It is certainly easier to in the clutch lever on this Convertible than it was on the Evo-engined Super Glide I rode Oahu last year.

I am to report that the stock Cam 88 motor is tractable, has plenty of and runs smoothly, even in its EPA configuration. An identical stock TC-88 motor put out 70.4 of torque, and 63.6 horsepower at the wheel when dyno in the February 2000 issue of Hot Rod magazine. This engine torque from very low in the RPM which makes stop and go driving a breeze.

There is chance of inadvertently stalling the even two up on a loaded bike. The worked perfectly, with of stopping power and good

Soon we were out of Las Vegas, and on the to Red Rock canyon. The two lane highway gave us the opportunity to some slower moving and trucks. I found that the Cam 88 motor had brisk acceleration, that I had to be careful not to run up Ruby’s fender when I rolled on the to follow Rocky around a moving vehicle. I would that a Twin Cam Dyna has about the same roll-on as a stock 1200 Sportster.

The mile times on my Motorcycle Charts tend to verify 13.82@92.8 MPH for a stock Convertible, and MPH for a stock 1200 Sportster. two up, the Twin Cam 88 Convertible has plenty of power. It’s fun!

We passed signs along the warning us that there are burros in the area, and there are. We saw some near the Soon we reached the turn-off took us to the park headquarters for Red Canyon.

There is a small, but park museum there is worth seeing.

By the time we away from the air-conditioned headquarters to tour the canyon, the was building, and we were glad for the white shirts we wore our motorcycle jackets. This is a I learned from Rocky and who had recently completed a 1000-mile Butt ride in this The long sleeved white reflects a surprising amount of leaving you much more than you would be otherwise.

Harley-Davidson FXDS Dyna Glide Convertible

I got my white shirt (an XX-L to fit my jacket) at K-Mart for about

The narrow, undulating, and very road through Red Rock not only provided spectacular of this scenic area, but provided a chance to test the of the Dyna Convertible. It was not found Due to its size and weight, it will not from side to side a sport bike, and it requires handlebar pressure than a bike does to initiate But the bike holds a line and a turn in grand style if the sets it up right in the first

The new, more rigid, of engine and transmission in the Twin Cam 88 no doubt contributes to the bike’s feel. Rocky and I traded at one of the many scenic turnouts, and he that the Convertible handles It feels like a big Sportster.

Or Rocky’s Sportster feels a small Dyna Glide.

The available lean angle it possible to ride a Convertible more aggressively than the cruiser. The typically soft suspension (both front and was fine on the predominately smooth we encountered, but would probably a fully laden bike to on sharp bumps or potholes. The forks also exhibit dive under hard despite their progressively springs.

The rear shocks are adjustable for preload only, and you want to be to set them for maximum preload carrying a passenger. A set of the adjustable, gas shocks that come on the Super Glide Sport make a nice upgrade for a when the OEM shocks need

The OEM Dunlop Elite S/T 100/90-19 and 130/90HB-16 (rear) sport bias ply tires performed in the dry heat that we encountered, and a good choice for a multi bike like the Dyna These are the same tires my Sportster came with, and I from experience that are also satisfactory in the rain. replacement time rolls an aggressive rider might to consider purchasing stickier K 591 S/P sport tires, which are on the Super Glide Sport and Sport, but they will not as well.

The ride back to Las was pleasant, and without incident. We had Las Vegas from the southern of the city, and rode west out of Returning, we rode north and east across the desert, a big loop.

Unfortunately, entering Las late in the afternoon from the we had to cross a good part of the on surface streets to get back to the Rider shop, and the heat had oppressive. Las Vegas has the longest signals I have ever We probably had to wait about 5 at each one, and there was a every couple of blocks.

and Gordon simply shut engines off as they waited, but a passenger on the back it is hard to the ignition key on a Dyna Glide, so I let the Twin Cam 88 motor idle in the hot

I have read that the new cooling fin area was increased 50% as compared to an Evolution big twin I am here to tell you it is a good particularly considering the engine’s lean EPA state of tune, makes it run hotter than Engines which have the of the simple modifications previously run much cooler than engines.

The sun beat down on us, and poured off of the motor (and the and the surrounding cars), practically me to melt down, but the TC-88 kept ticking. It showed no ill from the prolonged baking, and missed a beat. Still, if I in such a hot climate, I would fit an oil cooler.

It was with relief we finally arrived back at Rider to drop off the Dyna Evelyn and I both looked to a nice air-conditioned taxi back to the Riviera Hotel, cool baths awaited. we had really enjoyed our ride, and the had behaved well.

I was impressed by the of the big bike, and I was even more that a Dyna Glide be the perfect bike for me.

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Harley-Davidson FXDS Dyna Glide Convertible
Harley-Davidson FXDS Dyna Glide Convertible
Harley-Davidson FXDS Dyna Glide Convertible


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