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Harley-Davidson FXDWGI Dyna Wide Glide (2010 model)



Detail Value
New price £12,495
Used price range View Harley Davidson DYNA GLIDE bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1584 cc
Power bhp
Top speed mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3.5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Harley’s Wide Glide dates back to the seventies. The new for 2010 bike retains the old-school low-rider looks of long, raked and wide-spaced forks (hence the name Wide Glide), skinny front wheel and minimalist bulk. But what makes the new bike far superior is it has modern handling and ride quality due to frame and suspension updates. The rest of the package is just as good.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The motor is the common across the range TwinCam 96 (1584cc) air-cooled 45° lump, rubber mounted in a stiffer frame. It doesn’t lack torque and because of this the engine is real easy to use – from the moment the clutch bites the engine is so tractable in all riding conditions. Precise fuel injection and timing helps here. Power is not a key ingredient for this machine because cred and looks is what the Wide Glide is about. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3.5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Not too firm, not to soft… about right is MCN’s view of the Wide Glide after our first ride in America. The ride is good considering the skinny 21in front wheel, raked out forks, 1715mm wheelbase all nailed to the ground with 295kg of weight (claimed dry figure). Half a point is deducted because the ‘Tommy Gun’ exhaust arrangement scrapes the road far, far too early – about the same time as the footpeg touches.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Equipment is hard to quantify on a Harley, especially on a Wide Glide where chromed parts and shiny paint, sissy bar, drag-style handlebars and black wire-spoked wheels are what make a Wide and are obviously included in the bike’s genetic make up… and price. Compare and buy parts for the Harley Wide Glide in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Quality and reliability are two things Harley-Davidson have been riveting into its production lines for several years now. As an everyday hack it’s chrome and general plating will need a fair amount of elbow grease to keep it all mint. However, the Wide Glide uses a known engine with modern running gear around it and we know of no associated vices.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

A thoroughbred Harley-Davidson custom with big gutsy motor for £10k… value indeed if you want a Harley in your life. To be fair it is a class act. Find a Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1980: FXWG Wide Glide introduced
1992: Intro of FXDWG 1340cc Dyna-chassis Wide Glide
1995: New switchgear, new frame with lowered seat height
1998: New nine-plate clutch
1999: New 1450cc engine
2000: New front forks
2001: New style seat and security system
2002: Alarm and immobiliser now standard, new bullet indicators
2004: Intro of FXDWGI , now with fuel injection
2006: New 6-speed gearbox, 1449cc
2007: Intro of FXDW with all-new 1580cc Twin-Cam 96 engine
2008: Limited edition 105th Anniversary model released. Model then deleted.
2010: Re-introduction of Dyna Wide Glide

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power bhp
Max torque 93 ft-lb
Weight 295 kg
Seat height 680 mm
Fuel capacity 17.3 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1584 cc
Engine specification Air-cooled, 45°, 4v Twin-Cam V-twin four-stroke. Six gears
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Preload adjustable
Front brakes 1 x 300mm disc with 4-piston caliper
Rear brake 292mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 80/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

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    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Test rode one of these and loved the light but steady handling. It also cornered much better than I'd been lead to believe. The keyless ignition and slick gear change were great too. Unfortunately it sounded like a paper bag fluttering in the wind. Liked the 'flame' paint job so much that I decided to take the gamble and buy one as my first 'big' Harley. Ordered it with a Stage 1 tune in the hope that this would give it more character..... This made it a different bike entirely. It now sounds absolutely glorious, and pulls like a train. On a sunny day, it is total therapy for the soul. Test rode a Fat Boy Special recently, which gets a great name, but it simply wasn't the same bike. If you want to find out what Harleys are all about, get one of these with the tune. Dont buy one without it. You cannot fail to love it. It is the essence of what Harleys are all about, and sheer joy to open up on the road.

    21 June 2010

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