HARLEY-DAVIDSON DYNA GLIDE (1995-2009) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"For the real Easy Rider/Chopper fans"

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"For the real Easy Rider/Chopper fans"

  • At a glance
  • 1580cc  -  67 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  135 miles range
  • Low seat height (660mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide is the Harley motorcycle for the real Easy Rider/Chopper fans. Basic Hog architecture (big twin mill, twin shock ‘Dyna’ rear end) gets the full-on ‘bro’ treatment with raked out, widely-splayed  (hence the Wide moniker) forks, 21-inch wire front wheels, pull-back Ape-hangers, ‘bobtail’ rear fender and forward-mounted ‘highway’ pegs. As a motorcycle, ponderous. As a style statement, the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide is incomparable.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide is plush, yes. Plush like a draylon Parker Knoll recliner… one that’s a teetering three inches thick. With deep chopped seat and highway pegs this is a lounger of a bike, but being a two-wheeler it’s a bit wobbly too. The Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide handles OK for what it is. Just don’t go chasing sports bikes…

Engine 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide is exactly the same as every other current big twin Harley which, in turn, is virtually the same as ever big twin Harley since 1984. There’s a certain insanity to that, but also a charm, heritage and trust that no-one else can match. The Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide thuds along OK, too, for a big lump of iron.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Again, the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide is a modern Harley, so paint, build quality, robustness etc are a given to be amongst the best anywhere. Reliability is a pretty much beyond question, too, after all the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide is a big, massively refined yet understressed motorcycle ridden very little and serviced often by wealthy people. So go figure…

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

At the thick end of £12K when new, the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide is one of the more expensive of Harley style statements, so it’s pretty much for the committed only. In our view a Harley-Davidson Softail Standard (at £1000 less), Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom (at £2000 less) or, particularly the Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob (at £3600 less) offer far better value. But, for some, only the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide will do. Find a Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide for sale.

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Style triumphs over substance with the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide. So if you want toys and luxuries head over to the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide and its kin instead. Here, if it don’t look good, it doesn’t go on. Lots of nice chrome, though…

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1995
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £11,745
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 67 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 1580cc
Engine type 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel twin double cradle
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 660mm
Bike weight 295kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 300mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 160/90 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

1992: Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide introduced.
1995: New switchgear, new frame with lowered seat height.
1998: New nine-plate clutch.
1999: Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide gets new 1450cc engine.
2000: New front forks.
2001: New style seat and security system.
2002: Alarm and immobiliser now standard, new bullet indicators.
2004: Now with fuel injection.
2006: New 6-speed gearbox.
2007: Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide gets new 1580cc engine.

Other versions

None.

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