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

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
Power: 65 bhp
Seat height: Low (27.1 in / 689 mm)
Weight: High (642 lbs / 291 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £6,500 - £8,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £300
New price -
Used price £6,500 - £8,000
Insurance group 15 of 17
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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

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

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.

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

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Engine: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Equipment: 3.3 out of 5 (3.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
4 out of 5 Most "Super" Super Glide!
07 January 2021 by Mad Mitch

Version: Sport (FXDX).

Year: 1999

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!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

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!.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

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!

Equipment 4 out of 5

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!

4 out of 5 Happy owner
09 September 2020 by Olliesgrandad.

Version: 35th anniversary model

Year: 2005

Sits the road well, comfortable and relaxed ride.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

They stop the bike but take a lot more effort than my last bikes.

Engine 4 out of 5

Loads of grunt.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

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.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

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.

Equipment 3 out of 5

What equipment! Windscreen,a good seat panniers.The tyres that came with the bike are fine so far.

Buying experience: Dealer.

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 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....

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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