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Old 03-27-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Does this make sense, trade TC for Evo?

I had an '89 FXRS-Sp Low rider I bought new and rode for 22 years before selling it. I currently have a '00 FXDX, a very nice bike I might add, however I miss the smaller FXR. I bought the DX 3 years ago to get into a more modern platform going forward for the next X number of years and I was planning on doing some travelling, (the DX is more comfortable) but that hasn't panned out, so I was thinking about sniffing around for another FXRS. Parts availability for EVO's is not a problem and my local dealer works on them if I ever need that. I'd like to think I have another 10 to 15 years of riding left and I probably wouldn't put big miles on the FXR. Just looking for some perspective here on going back to an older discontinued design and expecting to get another 10 to 15 years out of it. I guess it would be like riding a Shovel today. Thoughts gents?
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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What is the FXDX not doing for you that the older Evo WILL do for you?
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:01 AM   #3
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I had an '89 FXRS-Sp Low rider I bought new and rode for 22 years before selling it. I currently have a '00 FXDX, a very nice bike I might add, however I miss the smaller FXR. I bought the DX 3 years ago to get into a more modern platform going forward for the next X number of years and I was planning on doing some travelling, (the DX is more comfortable) but that hasn't panned out, so I was thinking about sniffing around for another FXRS. Parts availability for EVO's is not a problem and my local dealer works on them if I ever need that. I'd like to think I have another 10 to 15 years of riding left and I probably wouldn't put big miles on the FXR. Just looking for some perspective here on going back to an older discontinued design and expecting to get another 10 to 15 years out of it. I guess it would be like riding a Shovel today. Thoughts gents?
Makes perfect sense to me. I like the simplicity of the EVO engine. They're just a bulletproof rock reliable motor. There is a vast store of knowledge about those machines and how to keep them running forever. The FXR makes a LOT of sense in your context.

What would be really cool would be to swap suspension from the FXDX to the FXRS... Best of both worlds right there..
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:07 AM   #4
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Makes sense to me, no cam chains and tensioners to deal with.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:07 AM   #5
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I also have a FXDX (2002).
I've been keeping an eye out for a 1998 Evo.
The last Evos were excellent ( I had a 97 EGC from 97-2010).
I'm thinking Road King, though, as I like and plan to keep my fXDX.
Than again, my neighbor has a nice 92 FXRS he talks about selling.....
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:09 AM   #6
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Go for it. Your first one obviously pushed all the right buttons.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:40 AM   #7
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Makes perfect sense to me. I like the simplicity of the EVO engine.
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Makes sense to me, no cam chains and tensioners to deal with.
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I've been keeping an eye out for a 1998 Evo.
The last Evos were excellent ( I had a 97 EGC from 97-2010).
I've loved my last year of the Evo Dyna for years, 75,000 miles, anyone interested in it for $7999? PM me.



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Old 03-27-2014, 12:47 PM   #8
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great decision.
i'd have any FXR over a dyna
especially a shovelheaded sport glide
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:03 PM   #9
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What is the FXDX not doing for you that the older Evo WILL do for you?
The EVO does bring some simplicity to the table the DX doesn't (cam chains) but that's not a deal breaker. My DX has been converted to the hydraulic SE setup. The FXR is about 60# lighter and that means something as I grow older. It is also a bit more "compact" so to speak especially with the Sp bars on it. Damn near the size of a Sporty but still handles 2-up OK. I know my wife said the FXR was more comfortable for her two due to the pass peg location being a bit farther forward. The FXR was just a more fun "in town" bike as with the lighter weight, (and the way it was tuned) it had a more snappy feel to it, even with the longer stroke motor. The DX is more comfortable though and the old body appreciates that.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:38 PM   #10
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In my local town, the FXR is the holy grail of motorcycles. They tend to fetch stupid money, in these parts!
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:19 PM   #11
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In my local town, the FXR is the holy grail of motorcycles. They tend to fetch stupid money, in these parts!
The FXR is a good handling bike, who can tell me the major difference in the design of the FXR and the design of Dyna that makes the FXR handle better?
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:20 PM   #12
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I'm guessing here

but I'd say it's a combination of the massive box section top tube and the triangular rear section of the FXR. If you compare the two frames side by side it's really obvious which one is the stiffer and also lighter frame. Erik Buell (along with a few other Harley engineers) knows how to build stuff...
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:29 PM   #13
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It's more specific than that, those things are definite plusses, but there is 1 critical difference, here's a hint, here I am taking a measurement on my Dyna (that is not needed on the FXR) to see if I need to make an adjustment to solve a handling quirk that was buggin' me....I never knew about this until I....read my manual!

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Old 03-27-2014, 05:13 PM   #14
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The FXR is a good handling bike, who can tell me the major difference in the design of the FXR and the design of Dyna that makes the FXR handle better?
Alot of people will say the FXR handles better than the Dyna frame but I don't neccesarily buy that. Maybe my DX is just a "good one", I don't know, but I feel the DX handles as well and even turns easier than the FXR. The FXR required more input to get it to turn. The DX seems to turn in a much more neutral way. Neither my DX or the old FXRS-Sp weaved or did anything strange when pushing them through a corner hard. Tstock DX bars are wider than the stock Sp bars so it's possible I have more leverage with the DX and that helps it turn easier. In terms of handling, I believe they are pretty similar.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:46 AM   #15
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