HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE (1994-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Honest, straight forward and, arguably, the best value motorcycle of the bunch"

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"Honest, straight forward and, arguably, the best value motorcycle of the bunch"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 3 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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…

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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

Equipment 1 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE (1994-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE (1994-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Worries born agains!

18 January 2008 by moorepitz

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1994
Year discontinued -
New price £12,195
Used price £7,300 to £12,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 65 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 1584cc
Engine type 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel twin double cradle
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 689mm
Bike weight 290kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 292mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 140/70 x 16

History & Versions

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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