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Harley-Davidson Dyna

Harley-Davidson’s Dyna family rolled with a narrow, FX-type frame that used a traditional yoke-style swingarm with exposed shocks for the rear end. The Dyna models typically carried the largest Big-Twins currently available at the time on rubber mounts to deal with engine vibration. The front ends were usually narrow, similar to the XL, though the Wide Glide version sports a wide tripleclamp that separates the fork tubes substantially.

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The Dyna was the natural evolution to the FXR frame that Harley initially phased out in the early ’90s — though the FXR would eventually see a limited return to production — and it was meant to be a somewhat higher-performance model family. While the early Dynas were much maligned as “Japanese-style” bikes, the range would expand to become an equal partner with the FL, XL, and Softail families.
Many of the Dyna models evolved from FXR bikes with crossover hits such as the Super Glide and Low Rider, to name a few.

The Dynas also had a slightly different engine than the Big-Twin mill used in other machines of the time in that it had an oil pan. Since everything else in the lineup used the remote oil tank to store the lube, this was actually a significant change that both affected the overall look and broke with tradition. But, it also lowered the center of gravity a bit to turn in a spirited steering response. The Dyna family was phased out and replaced by the second-generation frame in the Softail family.