HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE SPORT (1998-2005) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"With a touch more hard edged sporting attitude"

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"With a touch more hard edged sporting attitude"

  • At a glance
  • 1450cc  -  65 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  135 miles range
  • Low seat height (689mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Basically the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport is as per the stock Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide but with a touch more hard edged sporting attitude courtesy of flat bars, a different seat, twin disc brakes and a touch more mean and moody matt black paint.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport is virtually identical, again, to the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide. So what you get is 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 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport models but it’s still basic, old school motorcycling. A straightforward roadster motorcycle that’s more than willing to hustle a bit every now and then. No more, no less.

Engine 3 out of 5

For 2007 the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport's characteristic big old aircooled Milwaukee V-twin 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 Sport.

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-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sports 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 Sport, there’s even less that can go wrong in the first place…

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Harleys are never cheap, but the Super Glide range is far better value, in our book, than most. This sporting version of the cheapest Big Twins offers a touch of verve and aggression you rarely see on a Hog and, if that appeals, you won’t go wrong with a Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport. Find a Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Again, the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport is slightlier glitzier and meaner than the pared-to-the-bone Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide – but only just. Twin clocks include a tacho. The extra brakes and firmed up suspension are welcome, too but there’s nothing else in the way of rider aids or luxuries – what you see, is exactly what you get with a Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE SPORT (1998-2005) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

mean, black..and skittish

16 January 2008 by barnvelder

Have had one of these for a couple of years now and enjoy its back-to-basics style and the sheer presence of the bike. It is very black and has very little chrome! Rides well two up and tours at a steady 70 on Mways. However, front end can be very... Read more lively and doesnt always corner well. Still, great fun ( as long as you're awake! ) and lots of style. So far seems very solid and reliable....

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2005
Original price -
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 65 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 1450cc
Engine type 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel twin double cradle
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 689mm
Bike weight 291kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 300mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport launched.
2000: New rear shock and cartridge style forks, new cast alloy wheels and seat.
2001: New security system, bullet style indicators, longer side stand.
2002: Alarm and immobiliser now standard.
2004: Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport gets new 1450cc engine.
2005: Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport discontinued.

Other versions

FXDXT Dyna Super Glide T-Sport: Introduced 2000. As Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport but with headlamp fairing and leather saddle bags as standard. Discontinued 2002

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