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HARLEY-DAVIDSON DYNA GLIDE (1995-2009) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

Updated: 21 November 2014

"For the real Easy Rider/Chopper fans"

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"For the real Easy Rider/Chopper fans"

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…

Insurance, running costs & value 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…

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1995
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £11,745
Used price £6,800 to £8,700
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £320
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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON DYNA GLIDE (1995-2009) 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 DYNA GLIDE (1995-2009)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

27 May 2019 by Larry Wright

Having owned Harley's and a number of various makes of both British and Japanese motorcycles I considered this as the best of the bunch ,Great for the long haul or just back and forth to work or my usual 600 or 800 mile weekend jaunts.while not the fastest bike I've owned it's quick and nimble enough,and it doesn't mind if its just you or your riding two up

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Should have kept the dual disc's front break's from the earlier model's , but the brake's are good, best seat I've ever sat on and my girlfriend hasn't complained about the back seat at all, I can ride longer on this bike than any other bike I've ever had. it's what I would call an 800 mile seat
Engine
5 out of 5
Hand's down the best engine Harley or anyone else has ever built, and if you want to go faster S&S builds a line of go fast goodies ,I went with the 106 big bore kit higher compresion pistons 10.5 to 1 and the 575 series EZ start cams over a hundred HP and torque
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Twin Cam engine is both reliable and a power house engine add the 6 speed gearbox and decent fuel economy and unlike a few of my Brit and Japanese bikes
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
We ride on the average of 9 months out of 12, And we tend to cover a lot of ground , I normally put on an average of 7,500-9,500 miles a year on my bike's depending on the weather and I'm not a weekend or sunshine only rider
Equipment
4 out of 5
The only thing I didn't like on the bike and the first thing I changed after my first trip from Iowa to Idaho and back were the handle bar's I've never liked ape hangers and I switched the bar's for the drag bar's wit a 6 inch rise and added the taller passenger sissy bar,more for the stackable luggage bags than the passenger. I changed from Dunlop's to pirrellies and went to a performence exhaust from stock
Buying experience

Was extremly happy with the purchase paid $5,000. plus my trade in a 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner,

4 out of 5

1998 H-D FXDWG 95th Anniversary Edition

26 January 2018 by Greybeard

The 1998 FXDWG is as beautiful as it is rideable. Classic Harley quality, ride, comfort, and feel. These bikes are getting scarce as they were the last year of the EVO engine, and one of the most dependable of all HDs.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Soft, smooth, with quick pickup and easy stops.
Engine
5 out of 5
Nothing else sounds like it.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Harley quality is legendary. You sit on leather, touch thick chrome and hear the thump of a solid, well-engineered motor.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Dealers charge too much. Buy the Clymer manual and some tools and be a real Harley owner.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Detachable windshield standard!
Buying experience

Purchased from an alternate dealer. Good price, very friendly!

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