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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=92617 Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 4  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View) Submitted on: 03-01-2015
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Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback... what a weird road that led to this bike...

Until 1970, Harley had two types of V-twin motorcycles. The big FL "Glide" cruisers, and the smaller XL "Sportsters."

For a long time, customizers had been creating choppers by taking the big FL frame and mating it to the nimbler XL front-fork...

In 1971, Willie G. Davidson decided to create the FX... a "factory" chopper that was still an engineering hodgepodge of the FL frame and XL forks.

That was all well and good for a while, but, in 1991, Harley finally decided to do that style of bike properly, with a new ground-up design... the "Dyna", or FD. Still a large frame almost on par with the FL "Glide" bikes, but nimbler and lighter, with a set of light forks specifically engineered to balance out the design. My father's 1998 Super Glide is a Dyna.

...but now, it has come full circle. Harley decided to do a "Glide"-style Dyna, by putting the FL front forks on an FD... the Switchback. They're obviously acknoweldging this odd hodgepodge situation with the name.

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