Motorcycle: Lowriders Dynas - FXDWG Dyna Wideglide, 1993 - Present
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FXDWG Dyna Wideglide, 1993 - Present
By 1992, the Sturgis no longer, existed, but it had spawned a growing Dyna Glide family - first the Dyna Daytona, then the SuperGlide Dyna Cystom. By 1993, the Dyna Low Rider was closer to the original but the WideGlide harked back to its namesake of the 1980s. Both, however, went one stage further than the Sturgis in the anti-vibration stakes, with revised "directionally-controlled" mounting blocks.
Harley's idea was "to combine the look of Low Riders of the late 1970s, with the handling and rubber-mounted ride of today", and it worked startlingly well. The 1993 DynaGlides were the smoothest Hogs yet, by a margin. Milwaukee's engineers had made a good bike better, even more than they had with the Sturgis. Without so much as laying a hand on the engine, the company had broadened the big V's
effective povverband by a quantum amount - a bigger bonus than adding another ten horsepower.
Much of the rest. as is Harley's way, was in the hands of the blend-men and cosmetic engineers. There are "faclory ape-hangers"', a "tucked-in tail light", "air-foil directionals" and a wide front fork (hence the "WideGlide") with a
21 in (533 mm), wire-spoked front wheel, as well as a new, one-piece Fat Bob tank, which removed the need of having to fill up two separate fuel tanks each time you ran short on petrol (gas).
To ride the WideGlide is to marvel at the unprecedented smoothness of the experience - especially after you've grown accustomed to having only forward-mounted footpegs and controls. The ape-hanger handlebars tower somewhere above you, but after a couple of miles it all feels fairly natural and comfortable.
In that uncanny Harley-Davidson way, the steering is light with excellent low-speed balance.
Turns, however, reveal a lot about the WideGlide. Even by Harley-Davidson standards, ground clearance is poor. The stand scrapes on the left, the muffler on the right, both with sufficient force to pitch you off line.
But on the straight, wide highway, it's great to ride.
Engine: air-cooled ohv V-twin Capacity: 81.6cu in (1.340cc) Transmission: 5-speed Power: 69bhp Weight: 598 lbs (271kg)
Wheelbase: 66.1 in (1,680 mm)
Top speed: 106 mph (170kph)
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