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I was OP over in the Softail area and during the thread the Low Rider came up. I never really considered that model, but after doing some research I was intrigued. I went to the dealership and threw a leg over one and the ergos were great (yeah, I'm short). I like mid controls and pegs, so all was cool. Then the engine was started. I was really surprised at the amount of vibration. You Dyna guys, is that just the character of the beast, or is it because it is brand new? I understand the engine is not counter balanced and expected more than a softail, but that was way more than I anticipated. I haven't taken the plunge into any decision yet, and this aspect isn't a deal breaker. However, I wanted to know if it lessens with use, or again, is it just what it does? I truly like pretty much very basic riding, and I don't really mind feeling holes in the road, dips, etc., but I do ride a lot and my ride is my primary means of transportation. I am also in the market for something I'm going to have for a good while. So, what's the deal on the Low Rider as an everyday ride. Current everyday ride is an 883. She's a cool little bike, but I'm looking for a bit more in the power department.
 

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all dynas vibrate- its not real noticeable at cruising speeds
 

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In a way, Dynas are the opposite of Softails.

Softails are smoothest at idle.
Dynas are smoothest at speed.
 

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did you just sit on at dealer when running or test ride dynas vibe a little more when stopped at light then when going down the road
 

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That is not vibration at idle, it's "shake", caused by the engine being suspended on rubber mounts. Once underway, the Dyna is very smooth. I can read license plate numbers in my mirror. Touring models also have this "shake".
 

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To take this in another direction now that the "shake" issue is cleared up. Any words of wisdom from anyone who has used a Low Rider as an everyday ride, particularly into the high mileage range (50k +). The more I look at this thing, the more I like it.
 

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If the vibration bothers you , better look at a softail standard cause the dyna's vibrate at every RPM . Even though they are rubber mounted this does almost nothing to lessen the dyna's vibration . The bean counters at the MOCO saw to it that there would only be (TWO) rubber mounts instead of the old FXR's (THREE) .
To me they vibrate as much as my old 1985 Low Rider which had the rigid mounted engine . It all depends on how much you can put up with .
 

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My Dyna is a pussycat compared to my Moto Guzzi EV11. No rubber mounts and it hammers like a tractor at all speeds. The Dyna shakes a little at idle, but is completely smooth as it revs up.
 

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I've been spoiled since '72 with a BMW & a couple Wings--with horizontal opposed cylinders. My '13 Dyna Super Glide has minimal vibration, it just throbs, and is very comfortable.

If you want vibration try a BSA or Triumph 650-the originals.

The Pope had a Dyna. A '13 Super Glide Anniversary. He sold it for $250,000. I hope that helps my trade in value.
 

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Flintlock, your last remark goes to prove that Papal infallibility only thing extends to matters of Faith and morals, not decisions about hogs.
 

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I hear so much about vibration and shaking.
Just a FWIW. When I bought my 83 Shovel brand new and all stock I was actually disappointed it it`s lack of feel.
A new cam, carb and pipes quickly solved that.
I like to feel my bike. The first thought that always ran through my mind when I started any of my bikes, as the engine rocked in the frame, the whole bike had a shake to it. I felt it in my tail setting on it, my hands when I grabbed the grips......"It`s alive"
But.....that`s just me. :dunno
 

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I agree 100% about "feeling" the bike. That's what I meant when I originally posted about enjoying basic riding. I also think that's why I've become intrigued with the Low Rider. I don't want a car with two wheels.
 

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I've ridden my Dyna from Florida to New Hampshire, and many trips to the NC mountains and the only discomfort was my butt on the stock seat. Not butter smooth like a Gold Wing, thank God, but no hands going to sleep, etc.
 

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Dropped the coin for the Low Rider this afternoon. Every time I walked to something else the Dyna felt that much better when I came back, in other words, she grabbed me and wouldn't let go.
 

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I have come to experience the difference between "shake" (Low Rider), and "vibration" (883 at 75+ mph).
 

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Congrats!
 

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Good choice....My dyna kept calling my name as well....got a fat bob...they say the rubber mounts break in after about 2k miles....I find the most vibes at 2100-2200 RPMs other than that it's smooth as silk running 75-80 down the highway......
 
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