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Post by Admin on Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:37 pm

Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide

A bike with a top speed of just 110mph may sound stupid with a Sport label, but the FXDX is really Harley's sportiest cruiser. And it looks pretty cool.
That's to say it looks like a cruiser but handles and stops like a sports bike. Sport also means serious paint, with a black crinkle finish engine.
The engine is that smooth, rubber-suspended 1450cc Twin Cam 88, developing maximum torque at less than 3000rpm. So it's hot potato-potato-potato off the line at the lights and faster stopping thanks to four-pot Hayes calipers on the twin 292mm front discs from 2000.
A banana-style dualseat is just 685mm from the road, with footrests that aren't that far forward for a Harley.
Although the suspension is still twin shock at the rear, the Showa units boast adjustable rebound damping. At the front the Showa fork has cartridge dampers with adjustable rebound and compression damping. Spring preload is adjustable.
The 39mm stanchions are pushed through the yokes by 15mm for quicker steering. With the addition of softer compound Dunlop Elite tyres, the FXDX handles well enough to run out of ground clearance fairly smartly. A massive steel frame with a square backbone is reassuringly stiff.
Never as popular in the UK as Sportsters or the more impressive Electra Glides, an FXDX is the best Super Glide so far.
If you want a Harley that handles, this is it. Just remember that an FXDX will not be as easy to sell as more popular big twins.

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Post by Admin on Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:45 pm

Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide

The Dyna Glide range is the most affordable of the big Harleys - a whopping 1449cc of pure grunt. No wonder they are top sellers.
The Dyna Glide even handles better than a cruiser has any right to and until the V-Rod came along it was also the most powerful. But then again the V-rod is a good four grand more expensive.
There are four models in the Dyna Glide line-up for 2004. For the first time, each Dyna Glide model will be offered with electronic fuel injection on Twin Cam 88 V-Twin engine.
New on all 2004 Dyna Glide models are restyled fuel tanks that are longer than the previous tanks. The restyled tanks are topped with new, full-length consoles. The ignition cover and electrical panel have also been redesigned.
The EFI is a closed-loop system identical to that used on the Softail and Touring Harleys. It automatically adjusts for changes in air temperature and elevation, and offers fast, easy starts, hot or cold, with no choke. An idle air bypass system monitors engine speed and delivers a consistent idle that is adjustable from 800 rpm to 1250 rpm.
A knock-detection feature senses engine knock by monitoring ion sense, and retards spark to protect the engine should knock occur. A heat-management system automatically adjusts the engine speed and fuel delivery rate to help the engine run cooler and enhance rider comfort, especially when the bike is operating at low speeds or in a stop-and-go situation.
EFI-equipped engines offer outstanding driveability in all environmental conditions, yet retain the traditional Harley-Davidson Big Twin sound.
Cheapest and most basic in the range is the FXDI Super Glide. The FXDXI Dyna Super Glide Sport gets an extra 1bhp and gunslinger saddle with alloy wheels, black-on-black engine, chrome exhaust and sport suspension.
The FXDLI Dyna Low Rider offers a long, low profile with a raked out fork styling that's favoured by many riders. Its 689mm seat height, easy-reach pullback bars, mid-mount foot controls and a low centre of gravity make it a great choice for shorter riders, but this is a bike any rider will enjoy.
The FXDWGI Dyna Wide Glide is a practical interpretation of the classic California custom chopper, from its raked fork and laced, 21 inch front wheel to the Bobtail rear fender and stepped seat with sissy bar. The new style fuel tank and console make the 2004 model look even better.

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Re: Harley Davidson

Post by Admin on Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:47 pm

Harley Davidson Road King Classic

Harley sells the Electra Glide Road King as two models in one. The first bike is a tourer with a big clear screen ahead of the Buffalo handlebar, a passenger seat, panniers and front and rear crash bars. Whip off the screen, passenger seat and panniers and your Road King's a cruiser.
Well, maybe. Just remember that this is the, cheapest, best-value Glide and the civilian version of the Harley many US cops ride. The Road King's a reliable bag of nuts and bolts that will do all of 108mph. Oil can weep from cylinder base joints. Aftermarket gaskets are the cure. The FLHR kicked off with an 80 cubic inch (1340cc) Evolution V-twin engine, replaced by the rubber-mounted 1450cc 88 Twin Cam unit in 1999.
Despite the Twin Cam label it's still a basic two-valve, 45 degree V-twin with the valves opened by pushrods, not overhead camshafts. A 2000 restyle recalled the 1958 Duo-Glide with a mammoth headlight in a highly polished cowling on the front fork, although retro wire spoked wheels were an extra rather than standard.
Fuel injection is standard on the FLHRCI Road King Classic - 1000 more new - and an option on the standard Road King. Well worth having are the Road King's air-sprung rear shocks, with shorter units available that reduce seat height by 19mm. Peak torque kicks in at 3500rpm and this big lazy engine releases all of its 68PS at just 5400rpm.
A relaxed ride and a good investment at the right price.

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Post by Admin on Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:48 pm

Harley Davidson Sportster XL1200C

Since it was introduced in 1957 as a raw-boned, high performance hot rod, the Sportster has become an icon on the American road. But while the last of the 883 Sportsters looked cool, they needed a bit more oomph.
Now Harley has come up with a brand new rubber-mounted 1200cc Evolution powertrain, a frame that is claimed to be 126% stiffer than the previous Sportster frame, and even lowered the seat by 25mm or one old-fashioned inch. The XL1200R is a bike that merits the "sport" tag.
The XL Evolution V-Twin that has powered the Sportster since 1986 has been completely redesigned for 2004. The engine retains its traditional 45-degree cylinders and the bore and stroke of the two engine sizes is unchanged at 3.0 inches x 3.8 inches for the XL Evolution 883, and 3.5 inches x 3.8 inches for the XL Evolution 1200.
For better engine cooling, the cylinders and heads have larger fins while new oil jets are directed at the bottom of both pistons. The pistons have an improved high-speed ring pack designed to help extend upper-end life. Lighter pistons and conrods boost the Evolution 1200 redline from 5500 rpm to 6000 rpm. Many engine covers and gaskets have been changed to stop oil leaks.
A new timing system uses the flywheel to determine engine timing; reducing mechanical complexity and enhancing spark delivery. The traditional XL Evolution timing cover stays - the styling is part of Sportster heritage. The XL Evolution 1200 engine is also fitted with high performance cams for better torque. Compression ratio is 10.0:1.
New two-piece rocker box covers set the new Evolution engines apart. The exhaust crossover pipe is now hidden behind the mufflers to provide an uninhibited view of this gorgeous engine.
The XL Evolution 883 engine is rated at 53bhp at 6000rpm and 69 NM of torque at 4400 rpm. But the 1200 pumps out a claimed 70bhp at 6000 rpm and 93 NM of torque at 3300 rpm, an increase of more than 15 percent over the previous XL Evolution 1200 engine.
The updated XL Evolution engines are mated to a new frame with rubber engine mounts replacing the traditional Sportster rigid mounts. Rubber engine mounts isolate the rider from engine vibration at all speeds, improving long distance comfort. The new twin-cradle, steel frame and swingarm were designed to deliver precise handling. Three tie-links also connect the engine to the frame.
The result is a new frame and powertrain combination that's 126 percent stiffer than that of previous Sportster. The 2004 models now get a 150mm rear wheel and wider rear mudguard, and a new streamlined air cleaner cover.
The Sportster 1200 Custom models feature a new 17-litre fuel tank that retains the "peanut" profile of the traditional 12.5 litre tank. A new braking system reduces initial lever effort and includes standard single front and rear disc brakes on all models except the Sportster 1200 Roadster, which has dual front disc brakes.
Finally, all new Sportster models are equipped with a serial BUStype electrical system making the Harley-Davidson security systems available as an option on all 2004 Sportsters.
The XL 1200R Sportster pays tribute to the no-nonsense style and performance of the original 1957 XL Sportster, with wide, polished handlebars, 13-spoke wheels and a classic fuel tank design. Dual front disc brakes and tachometer are standard.
All 2004 Harleys will be covered by a two-year warranty and most service intervals have been extended from 2500 miles to 5000 miles.

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Post by Admin on Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:49 pm

Harley Davidson Springer Softail

Some ideas never go out of style. Inspired by the classic design cues introduced on bikes like the 1936 Harley-Davidson EL, the 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail family retains the clean profile of the vintage hardtail frame in a variety of custom and classic styles.
Each of the six 2004 Softail models utilises a frame with the classic hardtail style while offering a modern, comfortable ride thanks to hidden horizontal shocks. To maintain the classic hardtail look, the 1450cc Twin Cam 88B engine is rigid-mounted in the frame.
The engine is equipped with internal balance shafts that eliminate 90 per cent of primary vibration for a smooth, comfortable ride. The Twin Cam 88B engine is now available with electronic fuel injection on all 2004 Softail models. Softail models are offered in up to 13 solid and two-tone colours for 2004.
The only motorcycle on the market today sporting a classic springer fork, the FXSTSI Springer Softail gets a new attitude for 2004 with a wider, flat handlebar and a low, smooth Badlander seat with subtle top stitching. The bobtail rear fender and laced 21 inch front wheel complete the new, edgier look.
Long and clean, the FXSTDI Softail Deuce gives the classic hardtail profile a distinctly modern twist. The stretched out fuel tank and console are the key elements on this bike. The clipped rear fender and chromed fork finish the job.
Black is the new black. The FXSTBI Night Train is dark as night, black as coal. Choose Vivid Black or new Lava Red Sunglo paint on the tank and fenders, accented by wrinkle-black trim on the engine covers and a black tank console, air cleaner, oil tank and rear fender support. The chrome pipes look even brighter surrounded by all that black trim. A new three-dimensional tank emblem is only available on the Night Train.
The FXSTI Softail Standard delivers the basics of the classic hardtail style in an affordable package an owner can make his or her own through customisation. Harley-Davidson builds the bike. How you want it to look is up to you.

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Post by Admin on Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:50 pm

Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883

It may be the baby of the Harley-Davidson line-up, but the entry-level Sportster brings with it classic looks and a ton of heritage.
Introduced by The Motor Company to meet the challenge of British twins from Norton, BSA and Triumph way back in 1957, the Sportster was pretty radical for a Harley - it had overhead valves!
The low single seat (dual seat is available as an option) means even the most vertically challenged amongst us can get both feet flat on the ground when we sit on a Sportster.
And with narrow handlebars and footpegs positioned for riding, not cruising, it handles surprisingly well. Especially when you consider the bargain-basement rear shocks and front fork.
The Sportster makes a pretty cool commuter. The "peanut" gas tank only holds 12.5-litres (2.75 gallons) of unleaded, and you can't expect much more than 45mpg. The 883 was never meant to be a long-distance tourer anyway.
A long-lasting belt drive keeps the rear end clear of chain-flung lube.
Power output is a claimed 49bhp at 6000rpm at the crankshaft. Top speed nudges 100mph - that's slow compared to Japanese fours of half the capacity, but then nobody buys a Harley to go fast. Not even one with a Sportster nametag. The single front disc is no tyre-squealer. Remember, you've got 222kg of Hog to haul up.
The 883 is not a bike for high-speed cruising. Stick to a steady 60mph and the vibes are within the comfort zone, and you can still hear the classic "potato-potato" exhaust note. Try to go much faster and you start to worry if it will all hold together as the V-twin rumble moves through the footrests and frame to your feet and bum. Blame it on the rigidly mounted Evolution engine.
But at less than five grand new, this Harley is great value. If you want more grunt, check out the 1200cc Sportster.

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