Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide

Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide

The Harley Davidson Super Glide is a motorcycle model made by the Harley Davidson Motor Company.

Reputed to be the first factory custom motorcycle, it originated Harley's FX series of motorcycles by mating Harley Davidson Sportster components, most notably the front end, with the chassis of their larger big twin motorcycles. The current Super Glide model is now based on the Dyna Glide chassis which offers a wider variety of front ends and trim levels, and continues to fill the intermediate niche between the smallest and largest Harley models.

From 1934 to 1970, with the exception of the Servi-Car, there have been two distinct lines of V-Twin Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the small twins and the big twins. However, individual bikers would sometimes customize bikes by changing parts around or cutting and rewelding frames and other components to suit their tastes.

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The production FX Super Glide was released in 1971 to a lukewarm reception. Particularly not well received was the "boattail", which also proved to be unpopular on the Sportsters that had it. Sales of both models improved when less radical rear styling was made available. In 1974, the FX was joined by the FXE, a version of the Super Glide with an electric starter. Both versions also got an exclusive one-piece tank instead of the Fat Bob tank used by the FL.

General characteristics

Engine: Air cooled 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, 45° V-twin

Capacity: 1206 cc (73.69 cubic inches)

Bore x Stroke: 87.3 mm × 100.8 mm (undersquare - longstroke)

Compression Ratio: 8:1

Induction: Carburetor

Ignition / Starting: - / Kick-starter

Max Power: 57.51 HP (42.3 kW) @ 5150 rpm

Transmission / Drive: Manual 4-speed

Front Suspension: Cartridge

Rear Suspension: twin shock, Swingarm

Front Brakes: Single Disk

Rear Brakes: Disk

Front Tyre: 90 / 90 R19

Rear Tyre: 130 / 90 R16

Dry-Weight: 265 kg

Fuel Capacity: 19 l

Top Speed: 180 km/h

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