HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE SPORT (1998 - 2005) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel twin double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||18 litres|
|Front brake||Single 300mm disc|
|Rear brake||Single 292mm disc|
|Front tyre size||100/90 x 19|
|Rear tyre size||160/70 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||43 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£300|
|Used price||£6,500 - £8,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||65 bhp|
|Max torque||81 ft-lb|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.5 secs|
|Tank range||135 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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
Owners' reviews for the HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE (1998 - 2005)
3 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE (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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Version: Sport (FXDX).
Annual servicing cost: £300
It is quite a heavy bike when stood still. Once moving however, that weight is exactly where you want it; low down, making this a very stable bike to ride. It can be pushed to over 100mph, but I don't recommend it! Apart from the illegality of that, the handling does tend to suffer a bit! But then, if you want a Harley for that kind of riding, you should have bought a Buell. For a heavyweight Harley, it is fairly quick off the line, responsive and surprisingly agile. It's very much a Cruiser that handles!
However, I must stress that my particular bike has Progressive Rear Shocks and a twin set of Billet 6 competition stoppers up front, bolstered by Aeroquip stainless braided brake hoses.In terms of saddle time; numb bum syndrome tends to make itself apparent at around an hour and a half of continuous riding.
I love the engine. Slightly shorter stroke than previous big twin Harleys, which I think makes it a little more responsive. Still plenty of that Harley low-down grunt but the vibes are not so intrusive, especially as the engine is rubber mounted as well.
Mine is now 21 years old, I am it's third owner and honestly, it looks as if it just came out of the factory packing crate. The finish is quite something! Reliability-wise; I simply cannot fault it. I have had this bike for nearly three years now and it has never once refused to start and unlike my old Triumph T140V, it does NOT shed parts as you ride!.
That's for an annual service at my local Harley dealership. I'd estimate mpg at around the 45 mark, but it very much depends on your riding style. I am a Driving Instructor by trade and an Advanced Driver. I'm also 59 later this year so I'm hardly a tearaway, but I have my moments and this bike indulges ALL my moods and moments beautifully!
My biggest gripe is that the clocks tend to fog up on the inside in colder weather. That was also a feature on my old XL1200S. It is a pain sometimes. I ditched the standard H4 headlight in favour of a Daymaker LED conversion kit. The stock headlamp is "adequate" at night. Just about! Tyre-wise, I find a matched pair of Michelin Commanders are very hard to beat. I also fitted Taylor ignition leads and plug caps. The stock leads were showing signs of their age!
Version: 35th anniversary model
Sits the road well, comfortable and relaxed ride.
They stop the bike but take a lot more effort than my last bikes.
Loads of grunt.
As the bike is 15 in November it has very little corrosion.Fork seal failed front left however as this is the side the weight goes on as its.
The running costs are a bit more than the Bonnie I had mostly fuel although low 50s for mpg is very good for a bike this heavy, as 6th is an overdrive this helps fuel costs.
What equipment! Windscreen,a good seat panniers.The tyres that came with the bike are fine so far.
Buying experience: Dealer.
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 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....