Harley-Davidson always knew how and when to line up to the needs of each specific rider crowd and when it comes to all the rebels out there, the Dyna Street Bob is among the favorite choices. Standing as a reminder of the post-war Bobber design and being powered by a V-twin engine that is as modern as they get, the 2009 model year is history brought back in our complete attention.
But while the style remains true to the early days, this Harley now benefits of the 96 cubic inches, air-cooled, twin cam V-twin engine powering all models in the Dyna family and being admitted as being a great torque provider (92 ft lbs of torque at only 3,000 rpm). No wonder as there is an electronic sequential port fuel injection system bringing gas into the motor that sound like pure poetry straight from idle.
Weighing 667 lbs with all the fluids on, the Street Bob is fitted with a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission for that extra bit of grunt out on the highway and increased mpg. The Fat Bob gas tank will eat 4.8 gallons top and that translates in approximately 260 miles of highway traveling for the solo riding Street Bob owner.
Although early models weren’t about comfort, the 2009 Dyna Street Bob is sure to offer a comfortable ride thanks to the mid-mount foot controls and mini ape-hanger-style handlebar apart from the 26.5 inches seat. It’s the kind of bike that suits you like a glove if you’re up to showing your attitude while riding.
Wind protection is out of discussion for the bike that is stripped down to its bare necessities, but no Bobber is a Bobber without the “wind in the hair” part. And things have pretty much been like that ever since.
Right after World War II, all Harley-Davidson motorcycles that could be found in the US were fully equipped with military items such as rifle mounts, ammunition boxes and radios, but the “extras” weren’t needed any more and brought bad memories anyways so riders started removing them. The process of modifying those bikes in those times was called “Bobber” and the immediate result was weight reduction. Lighter and prettier, the bikes became faster and their owners happier to further accelerate away from the dark period of the war.
In 2006, together with the introduction of the all-new Street Bob, Harley-Davidson made an incursion into the past which lasts to this day.
Because the engine is nothing new in the Dyna family, style is the only “detail” making a difference and what a big difference that is. The 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Bob is just a good looking bike going for the best looking one with small detail upgrades to complete the overall attractive and compact look. For instance, there is a new rear fender chopped even higher and topped with a curved, retro LED tail light. The solo seat gets redesigned, and new laced wheels feature gloss black rims. Internally wired mini-ape-hanger bars, the authentic Fat Bob fuel tank and wrinkle-black trim complete the minimalist Street Bob profile.
Both black and powder-coated, the engine fits perfectly as the centerpiece of this machinery and the chromed shorty dual exhaust adds a nice custom touch and we totally dig that. Also, we appreciate the small headlight and the silver-faced speedometer and we simply can’t get over the fact that this thing is inspired by the post-war style. Awesome!
A kaki paintjob would have helped, but the only ones available are the following: Vivid Black; Black Denim; Pewter Denim; Red Hot Denim (New) and Dark Blue Denim.
The 2009 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob starts at $12,999 for the Black paintjob and at $13,344 for any of the other colors mentioned above so it’s what fans of the brand classify as a great piece of iron for the buck.
All in all, the Street Bob is the modern interpretation by the Milwaukee Company of how their riders used to modify their bikes according to riding needs of the time. Only custom motorcycle builders had revived the “Bobber” style before ’06, but ever since nobody felt like needing anything else than the Street Bob when it came to the much needed rebel look.
Engine and Transmission
Engine: Air-cooled, Twin Cam 96
Displacement: 96.00 cu. in.
Bore x Stroke: 3.75 in. / 4.38 in.
Engine Torque: 92.00 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Miles per Gallon: 54 hwy / 35 city
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratio (overall)
Chassis and Dimensions
Brakes: 4-piston fixed front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear
Parking Brake: N/A
Lean Angle (per SAEJ1168): 31° / 30°
Exhaust System: Chrome, staggered shorty exhaust w/ dual mufflers
Front Wheel: Black, Laced Steel
Rear Wheel: Black, Laced Steel
Wheel Option: Anodized Profile, Laced Aluminum, front & rear
Front Tire: 100/90-19 57H
Rear Tire: 160/70B17 73V
Length: 92.8 in.
Seat Height: 25.5 in. (laden) / 26.7 in. (unladen)
Ground Clearance: 4.92 in.
Rake Steering Head/Trail: 29° / 4.70 in.
Wheelbase: 64.2 in.
Track Width: N/A
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gal.
Oil Capacity: 3.0 qt.
Dry Weight: 634.0 lbs.
Running Order: 667.0 lbs.
Instruments: Tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, 6-speed indicator light
Indicator Lamps: High beam, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, security system6 (optional), 6-speed, low fuel warnings