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Old 03-21-2012, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Softail vs dyna

Which is the lightest of the Softail Harley's & which is the lightest of the Dyna series ?
In completely stock form which of the above is the quickest/fastest?
Also which has the most hop-up capabilities ?
Which bike handles the best on curvy mountain roads ?
My reason for inquiring is , I'm torn between keeping my Dyna Glide & buying a Softy .

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so new to the Harley brand I can hardly tell the difference between most models and the family they belong in. I do know I wouldn't put my stock 12' Heritage Softail in the best curvy mountain handling category. With it's 24 and 25 degree lean angles I constantly scrape the floorboards. The sound doesn't bother me but it drives my Fatboy riding buddies crazy.

I wouldn't mind more lean angle capability but coming from the sport bike seen I take the HSC for what it is plus I sure like the way the bike looks as it sits.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dynas are all about function, Softails are all about looks. Whichever is more important to you should answer your question.

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Which is the lightest of the Softail Harley's & which is the lightest of the Dyna series ?
In completely stock form which of the above is the quickest/fastest?
Also which has the most hop-up capabilities ?
Which bike handles the best on curvy mountain roads ?
My reason for inquiring is , I'm torn between keeping my Dyna Glide & buying a Softy .

Thanks
"Lightest" of softails is likely the Standard. Not sure there's much difference in weight between a Superglide and a Streetglide. Especially if one has alloy wheels (lighter) vs steel spokes. (Heavier)

Both have the same engine/trans, so "fastest" is between rider skills.

Same with modding capabilities. Same drivetrain, although softails have the B-engine, with the counter balance shaft due to non-rubber mounted engine.

Dyna Superglide handles better then any other bike, in the Big Twin class. Light, powerful and a 28* rake VS 34* and up for the other models. Less rake means quicker and easier steering response in cornering.

Softail will let you stretch out more, unlike stock Dyna controls, unless you spring for forward controls.

Softail will give you a more plush ride, but limit your weight carrying capabilities. If you're 180lbs and your gal is 120 lbs, then it's great. If you're 250 and she's 180, then it can be an issue.

Both are great bikes. It's personal choice time.
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Which is the lightest of the Softail Harley's & which is the lightest of the Dyna series ?
In completely stock form which of the above is the quickest/fastest?
Also which has the most hop-up capabilities ?
Which bike handles the best on curvy mountain roads ?
My reason for inquiring is , I'm torn between keeping my Dyna Glide & buying a Softy .

Thanks
Thanks for asking these questions I have just about ruled out the Dyna myself because I like the look of the Wide glide but my legs and arms are to short for it to be comfortable and I'm not crazy about the standard seating position of the superglide. But after hearing about how well the superglide handles it may be back in the running.
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Take each one for a test ride...your local dealer should help you with that...
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I have an o4 wideglide with 16" apes and mid controls (put on at the dealer)- I can corner better than my buddy's 03 super glide without trying hard. We swapped bikes for a bit, but he liked his drag bars better. I couldn't wait to get back on mine- I hadda work hard to keep up! It felt as if I was back on my 98 1200 sporty!ImageUploadedByMO Free1364359442.768135.jpg


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I have an o4 wideglide with 16" apes and mid controls (put on at the dealer)- I can corner better than my buddy's 03 super glide without trying hard. We swapped bikes for a bit, but he liked his drag bars better. I couldn't wait to get back on mine- I hadda work hard to keep up! It felt as if I was back on my 98 1200 sporty!Attachment 52514


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i have over sized tires on my dyna (fatbob) 150 in the front 200 in the back. have a lot of friends with harleys and drive aggressive but no1 but my friend with a buel can handle the curves with me. so my vote is dyna with big tires. incl streetbob/fatbob
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That's total BS. My bud did nothing but bitch about the smaller front tire handling with his 02 wide glide on a highway that was ruff. My fatboy handled great!

Softail for the larger front tire, you can't go wrong with the ride!
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