Harley Davidson Dyna Switchback FLD Review

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Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback

Harley Davidson Dyna FLD Review

It all started in 1903 in where Bill Harley and Walter Davidson started a in a little wooden shed was built by Davidson’s father. developed a one cylinder motorcycle. In they made 11 motorcycles.

In they made 154 more.

The company extended quickly and member of the Davidson family, joined them. In no time hired about 20 employees in a built stone-factory. And the legacy of begins.

Fast forward to 2014, I got an opportunity to swing my leg the 2014 Harley Davison Swithcback.

Based on Harley’s platform, Harley-Davidson Dyna FLD receives its life from a cc air-cooled twin cam engine. The features a lightweight piston which improves the power and the makes it more refined. The cranks out a peak torque of 116 Nm at rpm and is mated on a six speed Cruise transmission, as does the rest of Touring and Dyna line.

of power is delivered to the rear via a belt final drive. The engine is fuel-injected and uses a chrome exhaust with muffler which has been to provide a deep exhaust The engine and exhaust combo enough noise while but enough quietness while in mode.

On the suspension bit, advanced has been tuned for comfort and handling. Nitrogen-charged, monotube shocks have preload-adjustable, rate springs. A 41.3mm fork with a 20mm delivers enhanced damping handling, and ride comfort.

It on five-spoke cast aluminium

I rode this American to my favourite testing ground, other than Genting I decided to name this Peggy Sue… somehow I had an urge to name it! That’s the about bikes with so character.

The minute I sat on Peggy it reminded me of the Road King, just a bit smaller. The saddle is sturdy and comfy offering long interstate rides. the Road King, the Switchback offers floorboards, which are a nice thing to have on rides. No bells and whistles on the panel.

The bike has a very huge rounded gauge on the fuel tank.

Crank up the and it exudes with Harley’s yet ear pleasing rumble. You’d that it would sound a different than the dual models but it’s indistinguishable to my

While climbing up the Highland by heavy drizzle on my first on the Switchback, I was going faster and and cutting deeper into the and curves. It was all good. The steering neutral and responsive, like a with a much shorter and the firm, well-damped suspension was

Ergonomically the Switchback is pleasant. It is low and I am so sure anybody who sits on bike need not to tip toe because the is 27.4 inches high.

The are at a very comfortable height and a normal-looking pullback bar, Harley calls a “mini-ape.” The has a relaxed bend but the sweep be a little too narrow for a guy above 6 The low saddle and the rider friendly are definitely a plus point for the

While cruising from the Sg. highway to Genting Highland, the offered great protection for my 6 height from the bugs and all the around me, with little buffeting at highway speeds. But was mostly with a 3/4 helmet on; I wore a full-face helmet, the buffeting got worse, tossing my around sporadically, especially at around 130km/h.

While in going up and coming down the Switchback’s firm suspension fine, with plenty of But like any cruisers, there’s no the punishment that front and suspension with just 3.9 and 2.1 of travel respectively delivers to the on bumpy roads, even triple- and dual-rate springs in the and shocks. Harsh suspension on roads is nothing new on any cruiser.

Got few unpleasant smacks on the … big bumps, other than is all good.

I am surprised by the Switchback’s front disc brake. At a wet weight, I expected dual would be standard. While through at tight corners on the at speed averaging at 60kmph-70kmph, a bit of pressure was put to the front tire braking.

My usual three on the front-brake lever always into two within 30 minutes of the twisties.

Fortunately for most the front and rear brakes are in combination after some of how the brakes work. The Switchback comes with ABS which is welcomed by any rider. The ABS is extremely when engaged keeping any safe and sound.

That I would really prefer discs on this Harley.

is something unique about the HD Switchback that must be here. It is like a convertible. The Switchback was derived from the that you can switch this from a tourer to a street How? The modular windshield and the bags can be dismantled without any

I thought it will take 20 to 30 to dismantle it but in actual fact it me under two minutes. Voila, it is dismantled it is perfect to zoom town.

The first attempt to was at Gotong Jaya when we for chapatti. I was able to dismantle under two minutes and my biking thought it was a beginners luck. To him wrong, the minute I reached Bean at Genting Highland, I was to do it again just under two

And I won a free large Latte him.

Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback

But a gentle reminder, sure the bags are sealed if not the seal can pop open when you hit a Getting it right takes a bit of but not that much. It took me three attempts before it right.

Ground clearance is an issue in the twisties and bends, but is once you get the hang of it. While up the hill, the floorboard kissed the twice but on the way down, I was much To avoid this, I just to go a bit slower.

Cruiser is all about the ride. For the new cruiser riders, who are from a non-cruiser environment; it take a little bit of getting to. But believe you me; you will begin to every open highway and once you learn to understand the of a cruiser.

The engineers at Harley have been very proud of the Sequential Port Fuel (ESPFI). ESPI performed well on the Switchback’s engine. The response was crisp.

Meanwhile the Cruise Drive transmission is to the maintenance-free belt which smoothly at all situations which Sue encountered with me. The Switchback remained in fourth and fifth on the back roads, with gear only engaged at speeds over 110 kmph.

riding in the city (mostly Golden Triangle, Jalan Tun Ampang, KLCC) I was pleasantly by the light steering of this In a slow paced traffic the wheelbase and the ‘mini ape’ is just plain sweet. You have to put a foot down at any light stops, easily thanks to the low seat.

For short the bike is easily balanced on its wide tyres with no from me. But, the steering is limited so even though it less than the Road it’s actually a bit harder to at parking lot speeds.

Harley has been in the motorcycle for over a century and is one of the world’s recognisable and successful brands any genre.

The fact that has managed to create a brand that has doctors, tech and teachers transform (at least in minds) into “big bad is a testament to solid, continuing and brand positioning. Kudos to Harley is not a motorcycle brand but a brand.


FLD Switchback

Tested: 1690cc, Twin cam, v-twin, six gearbox

Torque: 136 Nm @ 3500 RPM

17.8 Litres @ 280km

Further Information: Harley of Kuala Lumpur, 03-79687777

Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback
Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback


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