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The difference is an extra motor mount on the FXR, makes those bikes ride smooth like a touring model. The current Dyna models have some vibes here and there. But, they also have many modern features and a double handful more displacement.

You decide.
 

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The FXR has been touted as the best handling big twin ever produced.
The frame and engine mounting is different (more rigid) than the Dyna.
Some of the detractors claimed the exposed frame rails made the bike look too "Japanese", it was more costly to assemble at the factory than the Dyna. Like everything else Harley, it's much debated.
 

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The FXR has a limited rear rubbering system with partial frame mounted swingarm pivots.

Dyna is pure rubber mount, through trans housing.

FXR has a lower center of gravity, and a more rigid frame with triangulation, designed by Eric Buell......name should ring a bell.
 

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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
 

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Ah , let me count the ways ................My 1988 FXR Low Rider bought new was and still is the best all around Harley ever built . That cycle could do it all !
Like the man said , best Harley the MOCO ever built ...period ! ( Looks aside )
 

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My '85 FXRS was my favorite all-time bike... 9 happy years on that bike with no problems. It was smooth, fast enough, comfortable and best of all it ran on (leaded) 87 octane... It survived going down on a snowy road, a rain-slick railroad crossing, and somebody backing over it in a parking lot (it took a few hours to straighten things up after that little mishap).

It was a low glide and had little tolerance for hard cornering. I learned to slow down pretty quick! Memories of my FXR morphed into my 09 FXDC I bought this Spring. The FXDC's a different ride - shakes more, goes faster, uses 91 octane, handles better (more clearance), and weighs more, I think a lot more... That said, I couldn't be happier :)
 

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If I came across an old fxr shovel I'm not sure I could resist, it wouldn't be for the main ride but would be a lot of fun to play with. I really like an EVO to so I guess any nice fxr might work for me. I had a 1985 fxr sp that I bought new, paid 5 grand out the door for that bike. I traded that bike for a 1990 softail custom which was probably the best looking bike I've ever owned but the fxr sp was a better bike.
 

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I currently have a 2000 Dyna that has Progressive front springs, 444s out back and Sputhe Stabilizer.

Dyna's have better brakes, stronger motor, digital dash and tach, bigger tank.
FXR has the stiffer frame and Evo. Most are fairly worn out and need a couple grand put into them to make them really solid. Evo may be getting hard to find parts for.

My question would be how does an upgraded Dyna with the Sputhe and suspension compare to an FXR? I may buy an FXR next weekend and will keep both for a while if I do and will make a decent comparison.
 

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Iv heard the FXR is a much better bike then the Dyna...
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Had a 1990 FXR Convertible from new until 2000. Now have a 2008 FXDL bought new. Had an FLHR as a sort of sorbet in between.
Given the choice of a new FXR and a new FXD I'd take the FXR every time. Handles better, corners better, doesn't vibrate as much and the finish was sooo much better. I could ride my FXR all day (and often did) and get off with a smile. Ride the FXD for four hours and my knees and hips tell me there's something wrong with the relationship between the seat and the footpegs. Foward controls on kick-back plates have sort of solved the problem - the aches have mostly gone but so has the "oneness" I felt with the FXR with the pegs in the right place. The FXR was as good as new when I (stupidly) sold it. The paint is falling off the FXD despite the same level of tlc. Both bikes were transformed by Progressive front springs and Squawking Parrot fork oil. The convertible had twin front disks which compensated for the single-piston calipers - even stevens where braking is concerned. The cylinder base gaskets failed on every FXR I knew of - cost £200(?) to repair at the local indie and was the only significant failure. The ECM failed on the FXD - cost £900 (and 8 weeks) to repair at the local dealership. The addition of an S&S or Mikuni carb with Squawking Parrot air cleaner and ignition unit (£600?) and some slip-ons gave me a 70bhp Evo. I can't afford to upgrade the FXD (£1500 for the exhaust + ECM + air filter+dyno time?).
The FXR was much derided in it's time as it looked too "un-American". Over here it didn't matter so much and anyway who cares - it could (and did) beat a lot of the crotch-rockets of the day from A to B. I tried and failed to buy my FXR back. Given the chance I'd buy it tomorrow.
Mind you, our roads might be twistier and go up and down more than some of yours so maybe that would bias things a little.
 

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FXR will blow a Dyna out of the water any day! Way better handling and stronger motors. I could easily run with my mate on his CBR 1000.
 

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I've heard it said that the FXR frame was actually the same as the touring frame . I don't know for sure but I do know it rode just as smooth as the Electra Glide of the same years . And most of the youtube hot-shot Harley trickster rider's showing off their riding skills were riding .......you guessed it ! "FXR's" !
 

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I've heard it said that the FXR frame was actually the same as the touring frame . I don't know for sure but I do know it rode just as smooth as the Electra Glide of the same years . And most of the youtube hot-shot Harley trickster rider's showing off their riding skills were riding .......you guessed it ! "FXR's" !
The FX Super Glide was created in the early 70s and came from mating the FLH frame with the XLH forks (that's where the FX came from). A few years later they introduced the Super Glide II as FXR. Around 20 years later, HD decided that the new Dyna chassis was going to use the FX designation and replace the hybrid Glides.
 

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cornering angle

I have a 1990 FXR-SP.
Does anyone know what the exact cornering angle is. (max. lean angle)
And a Dyna?
Road King ?
 

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I know for a fact you could touch a knee & once under way the whole bike was as smooth as silk . They were called the do-it all Harley and that was an understatement if ever there was one !
Yes , it took a couple of years for the die hard Harley riders to warm up to the exposed frame & the oil tank needed to be chromed from the factory but once the word got out about how this truly was a real Harley (actually better than all the others before it) they had just started selling good when Harley bean counters said it was too expensive to make & yanked it out of production . I mean MOCO said to themselves , people are going to realize that they don't have to spend 19K to 30K for a touring bike just to get a real smooth ride . A FXR equipped for touring which already has the touring frame is all one needs for endless hours & miles of trouble free comfortable enjoyment . Or that same bike in the sport series would out handle every Harley ever built & still have that Harley sound . No money in that is there , shut down the assembly line , quick !
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Yes, I can lean my FXR way over to the degree that the mids/cases hit the road. Mind you I recon the lean angle on my Sporty must be about about 2 degrees! I swear I can just think about leaning over and the side stand hits the road....lol
 

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Bought this 82 from the original owner. As best I recall @ 33k miles. Tranny leaked and had to be rebuilt after I took the primary off and found the output shaft bearing was falling apart and into the case. Fortunately only seals and bearings were needed. Almost forgot, needed to replace the shift forks - used Baker HD and they worked great! The transmission gears were unscathed. I also did the dry primary mod and put a Primo Rivera clutch on it. Had to replace the Trap Door as that was cracked. Put a later model James Billet Trap Door & bearing assembly with a clutch cable / handle from a touring model. Also put a Glide-Pro stabilization system on her. In the end after all that work and learning don't know why I sold her :( Now I remember, wanted to put a 93" sidewinder kit in! Wife was getting mad that the bike sat on the lift and wasn't going for rides :)

 
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