This text was initially printed within the April 2002 problem of Bike Cruiser.
Choosing consultant Harley fashions for a giant twin comparability is all the time a problem, since each its cruiser households have a number of worthy fashions. There are seven Softail fashions, 5 of that are straight-ahead cruisers that might have been appropriate for this comparability. The Fats Boy scored on the prime of our final big-twins round-up. This time we requested for the Deuce, since its all-around excellence has impressed us lately. 4 of the 5 Dyna fashions additionally would have match right here, however we went for the performance-oriented Sport model of the Dyna Tremendous Glide.
Dynas and Softails use mainly the identical air-cooled 1450cc 42-degree overhead valve twin driving by 5 speeds and a belt. Nevertheless, the Softail household provides counterbalancers and mounts the engine solidly within the body. The Dyna fashions rubber-mount their engines and haven’t any balancer. The 2 even have completely different body designs. The Dynas use a traditional twin-shock rear suspension on an “inner” body. The Softail collection even have two dampers, however they’re positioned horizontally beneath the engine, and the triangular swingarm creates the uncluttered look of an unsuspended hardtail rear finish. Its body tubes are extra outboard.
The Tremendous Glide Sport distinguishes itself within the Dyna household with a sporting angle created by a steeper steering head to supply faster steering response, suspension that is adjustable for preload and damping at each ends, the next trip peak to extend cornering floor clearance, twin discs and calipers up entrance, a large 150-section tire on the rear, a tachometer (mounted with the speedometer up by the handlebar), and a blacked out engine and black staggered twin exhaust pipes. The handlebar is low and slender, and the seat is a sporty, scooped design. The instructed base worth (which readers report is starting to be what you truly pay on many fashions in elements of the nation) is $13,895 plus $210 freight and $290 greater in California. However you may add over $800 extra in producer’s choices together with wire-spoke wheels (which looks like a poor alternative on a sporting-oriented bike, $320), pearl paint ($240), and a safety system ($275). If you don’t need the sporting accoutrements, the bottom mannequin Dyna, the usual Tremendous Glide, is $2000 much less.
You may get a Softail with a 40mm carb or gasoline injection, and our Deuce was fitted with the injection, which provides $600 to the $16,555 (plus $210 freight and $290 for California emissions) base MSRP. You may as well add as a lot as $585 for paint. The Deuce is the most costly Softail cruiser with out saddlebags. The least costly, the Softail Commonplace, has a $12,995 base worth. The Deuce has a singular stretched fashion suggesting an actual customized. The look is constructed round an extended four.9-gallon gasoline tank with the instrumentation atop it, and stretches again from a thin 21-inch wire wheel up entrance. The steering head kicks the chromed, curved-profile fork sliders out to 34 levels, and the slender fork legs, small headlight, tiny flip indicators, and temporary entrance fender give the Deuce a glossy look. On the again, a low, considerably slender saddle results in a fender that reaches nicely rear of the 17-inch disc wheel. The engine is completed in pure silver steel colours, and the distinctive twin “shotgun-style” exhaust enhances the Deuce’s lengthy, low look.