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2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide Review

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2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide Review
Photo © Tom Riles

The Bottom Line

An endearing cruiser that's returned to the Dyna family.

Pros

  • Compelling styling and detailing
  • Low seat height offers easy ergonomics
  • 92 ft-lbs of torque offers accelerative good times

Cons

  • Forward foot controls aren't always comfortable over the long haul
  • Engine vibes are irksome to some
  • 68.3 inch wheelbase can make for tedious turning

Description

  • MSRP: $14,499 (Vivid Black), $14,874 (Red Hot Sunglo), $15,194 (Vivid Black Flame)
  • Air-cooled, fuel-injected Twin Cam 96 powerplant
  • 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission
  • Chrome, “Tommy Gun” 2-1-2 exhaust with dual mufflers
  • 34 degree fork rake
  • 25.5 inch seat height
  • 35 MPG city, 54 MPG highway

Guide Review - 2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide Review

The Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide was last seen in 105th Anniversary trim as a 2008 model with a serious sticker price of $17,620. Following a brief hiatus, the chromed-out cruiser is back as one of nine new 2010 models, boasting revised cosmetics including combined LED taillights, mechanical tweaks like a quieter helical cut fifth gear... and the best improvement of all, a price tag that's roughly $2k cheaper.

Swing a leg over this Hog, and the 25.5 inch seat height makes it easy to position yourself around the teardrop tank. Its air-cooled 96 cubic-inch v-twin fires up with the typical Harley bark, and the reciprocating piston mass at idle shimmies the internally-wired handlebar like a wind-up toy. But that's always been part of the Harley experience, and die hards will find the Wide Glide plays the part well.

The kick stand swings low to the ground, but once underway the Wide Glide is even more fun to ride than it looks. Clutch engagement is extremely progressive, and gearing is so tall that it's easy to slip the clutch until you realize you upshifted too soon and are lugging the engine... but that's all the more excuse to rev a little higher and enjoy the torquey power delivery of this fuel-injected v-twin.

The arms and feet-forward posture is extended (though not as extreme as the Night Rod Special), and a considerable wheelbase and raked out fork translates to relatively slow turns. But in urban riding, the bike's power and low-slung center of gravity make it maneuverable enough for a good time.

Non-Harley aficionados may shrug off bikes like the Wide Glide, but for those with an affinity for the Milwaukee brand, this cruiser hits some sweet notes.

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 3 out of 5
Ruined what used to be the perfect chopper, Member deemic

I love Harleys. I have loved Harleys since I was a just a wee lad. I always knew I'd have one someday and now I do. I have a 2006 Dyna Wide Glide. Nice bike, beautiful bike. In my opinion, the Wide Glide is the epitomy of what Harley Davidson motorcycles are all about and they have kept that vision alive since the inception of the FXDWG. Until recently. The ""new Wide Glide"" is not what the old Wide Glide was.... not even close. The corner cutting in the new model is obvious to all but the blindest of loyalists to the brand and of course those who bought one and claim to be riding the legendary Wide Glide. I sincerely hope that Harley Davidson will redeem themselves in this failed attempt to recreate what should have never been modified in the first place.

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