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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide has long been the basic, entry level ‘Big Twin’ in Harley-Davidson's motorcycle range whether that be in 1340, 1450 or in the latest 1584, fuel-injected (the I bit) guise. As such the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide is honest, straight forward and, arguably, the best value motorcycle of the bunch. Just don’t expect any frills.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

For 2007 the characteristic big old aircooled Milwaukee V-twin in the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super-Glide has been boosted to 1584cc but it’s also long been familiar in first 1340cc (1985-1998) then 1450cc (1998 to 1996) guises. It’s a thudding, flexible, heavyweight unit that reminds more of a dump truck than a motorcycle, but for many, that’s the appeal of the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide has a pared-down, straight-forward steel twin loop cradle with twin shock (hence the Dyna bit) rear end. Suspension and tyre sizes have been beefed up on very recent model Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glides but its still basic, old school motorcycling. It’s a predicatable, pleasant roadster motorcycle with reasonable round town comfort. No more, no less.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 1
Owners' rating rating is 3

As the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide is a base model, there’s not much to speak of. The whole idea with the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide is to use it as a blank canvas for whichever Harley-Davidson accessories (and there are lots) take your personal fancy. Two wheels, an engine, a speedo and that’s about it.

Harley-Davidson FXD/FXDI Dyna Super Glide (1994-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,195
Used price range View Harley Davidson SUPER GLIDE bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1584 cc
Power 65 bhp
Top speed 115 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 1 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Modern Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a reputation for being so solid it’s as if they’re made out of cast iron and with super-thick paint and metal finished – and it’s well deserved. Harley’s last forever, don’t go wrong, don’t become obsolete or depreciate, don’t go out of fashion and, with the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, there’s even less that can go wrong in the first place…

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Harley-Davidsons are never cheap, but the base model Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide is better value, in our book, than most. It’s by far the cheapest of the Big Twin and find one you like, with accessories to your taste, and you won’t go wrong. Find a Harley-Davidson Super Glide for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1994: Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide introduced.
1995: New switchgear, new frame with lopwer seat and new wire wheels.
1996: New battery box.
1997: New 9-plate clutch.
1998: Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide gets new 1450cc ‘Twin Cam’ engine.
1999: Uprated brakes.
2000: Immobiliser as standard. New longer swing arm.
2001: New bullet style indicators.
2004: Replaced by new fuel injected Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide FXDI version.
2006: 35th anniversary model Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide introduced.
2006: Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide gets new 1584cc engine.

Other Versions

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Specifications

Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.5 secs
Max power 65 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Weight 290 kg
Seat height 689 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1584 cc
Engine specification 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel twin double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 292mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 140/70 x 16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • Worries born agains!

    moorepitz

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My second Harley. I've returned to traditional looks agai after a few years of GSX, GSF, Triumph 900 bikes. The Harley does it All! It may not have 120+ top speed but the accelleration can still catch out a few folk. The Handling is fine, just be prepared to leave lots of sparks and metal if you use it all. I've haf my Glide one and a half years, I've done 14000 miles. It still looks good & had no problems. It just needs a bit of care when used in the winter (Lots of FS365 does the trick) I'll be keeping this for years.

    18 January 2008

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rbaynton

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Be VERY Cautious of spares availability

After just under three weeks, my brand new Super Glide made very nasty noises on attempting to start. It was recovered to Riders of Bristol on 27 March. A bit of a shame but I understand that these things happen. What I do not understand however is the saga from that point onwards. The fault was diagnosed as being with the Flywheel Ring Gear. Parts (a new flywheel) were needed “from Harley”. Never mind, I think in my naivety, its all under warranty, a flywheel is not a particularly obscure part and its common to all the big Harleys this year so I should be up and running soon! As I write this it is 14 May, and there is still no sign of the parts. I have now been the owner of a Harley for 75 days. I have been waiting for parts for 49 of those days with still no sign of them arriving I am not unreasonable. I accept that things will go wrong with new bikes as it will with new cars, new washing machines or whatever. What I do not accept is the quite appalling spares ‘service’ under warranty from Harley. I am sure that if my new Ford Focus had given up after 3 weeks I would not still be off the road 7 weeks later, and I would be a very smelly boy indeed if my washing machine manufacturer had not sorted something out in the same time.

14 May 2007 15:33

rbaynton

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135mpg - I don't think so!!

05 April 2007 16:38

peter rabbit

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Has just got one of these lovely bikes - expect a post before long.... Wab

04 March 2007 22:37

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