Originally Posted by vegasRJ
Iv heard the FXR is a much better bike then the Dyna...
What's the scoop?
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Depends on what you think of as better...
From a handling perspective the FXR is better in most categories (better lean angles, ground clearance, stiffer frame....)
That being said they are much less powerful stock, don't have an overdrive transmission, no fuel injection (which is both an advantage or disadvantage depends on the person's opinion) and are older now which presents its own issues.
What it comes down to is what do you value in a bike.
If you want to carve corners and tear up the road then the FXR is the bike for that properly equipped.
If you want to cruise all day on the highway and go fast in a straight line than the dyna is the bike for that...
All this being said, they are very similar in alot of ways. I don't want to make it sound like a dyna is useless in the corners and that an FXR sucks on the highway...because neither is true I am meerly pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of both bikes in comparison.
As far as reliability goes I would say they are about equal. The 88ci dynas can have cam chain tensioner issues and the early evo motors in the FXRs can have base gasket problems and some bearing problems..I think.
Both lines were refined by the middle of their runs (07 for dyna) and (87 or so for the FXR) to where they were/are both reliable and great bikes.
Personally given the choice I would choose an FXR every time. They Just speak to me. That being said I ride the next closest thing to an FXR IMO so I have a bit of bias in that statement.
there is no perfect bike for anyone,,,choose wisely and make sure ya love whatever you buy. Ride on!!
Edit: what the heck, I start writing with no responses and by the time I finish three people beat me to it hehehe