2012 HD Dyna Switchback

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by 996DL, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    Yup, you were first! :clap

    My favorite quote from the Testers' Log portion of the review: "I'm not as enamored of its short-travel suspension, which makes event the smoothest local freeways feel like washboard..."
  2. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.


    I rode it over quite of lot of Aussie back roads and Freeways. As noted - the 54mm of rear suspension travel makes for a firm ride, but turning 'freeway to washboard' is just crap.
  3. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    Literally? Says you.
    IMO, Dave Searle is credible. Don't know about you.
    YMMV... :evil
  4. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    Been riding nearly 50 years, 10+ years as a tester for Kiwi Rider Magazine. Freelance articles published in 4 countries, 5 different bike rags and coupla bazillion web posts and you tube dribbles. I get by. :-)

    I rode the thing from Brisbane to the Gold Coast on super-slab all the way and was impressed by the smoothness of the bike at freeway speeds. Its right element really. Like I also said - it does transmit more vibes to the rider at the upper end of the rev range than a Road King eg. But at 110kph (65mph) the limit here - it purrs. I had no issues with the suspenders at all on the slab. Rated it.

    Conversely I hit a couple of big dips in the road on the way up to Mt Glorious, west of Brisbane (country roads) and it ran out of rear end. Testament to the fact that it's a 'dressed up' cruiser rather than a dedicated touring rig. It ain't unique in that regard, the metrics are the same. 'A firm ride'.

    Re washboard: It does have 5 pre-load settings on the rear - maybe I had the correct one dialed in :evil
  5. UJM

    UJM Adventurer

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    I won't argue about the tech with the motors, I never looked it up. But my observation was honest truth about my ride on both those bikes. Did them back to back, approx 45 to 50 min rides on back roads and a highway section.

    As I said, my right knee rested directly on the air cleaner, so I was extra sensitive to the vibrations. FWIW, YMMV :wink:
  6. SGrider

    SGrider 376 miles to Chicago

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    If it was vibrating a lot on the highway then it may have had a loose motor mount, my Superglide used to vibrate more when the bolts on the upper motor mount would loosen up over time.
  7. Summicron

    Summicron Adventurer

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    I agree. I demoed one and the floor boards vibrated horribly. Then I got on a Road King and it was wonderful. I am wondering when I should pull the plug and get a RK.


    Jim
  8. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    I just took it for a ride with my vibration sensors working overtime.

    I think it's a matter of what the individual determines as 'horribly'.

    If you are used to an inline four - or even a late model H-D touring chassis - and you jump on the switchback - then it's going to vibrate more than you are used to.

    If you have been riding a Buell for 5 years (me) or a rigid mounted Hog - even some sportsters - then it's quite smooth in comparison.

    I don't find the vibrations bad - what I would personally call a good feel for the engine.

    The Road King is more pleasant to tap out longer just the same. The Dyna I short-shift to keep at max torque.


    I did stop off at the shops on the way home and one thing that did strike me when I was walking out of the deli - it's a really great looking bike - particularly with the screen off.
  9. shupe

    shupe Been here awhile

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    FWIW, yesterday I walked through Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona HD shop wanting
    to see a switchback in person. They had every conceivable new Harley on the floor
    - except the Switchback.
    On my way out I finally saw an employee so I asked him why no Switchback's on the floor?
    He said they can't keep them in stock. They are sold before they get them.
  10. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    ^^^ Yup ^^^ We've had 4. The longest one has lasted was two day. (it was raining hard) The next two are already sold. I could have sold 15 if we had them to sell.
  11. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    ok. now that they've got some miles on them what is the verdict?
  12. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Everyone that has purchased one seems to love it. We have sold 7 so far and just received 5 more. 3 with ABS brakes. I estimate that we lost about 6 or 7 sales due to not having them in stock when people were ready to buy.

    It is just now the beginning of buying season here and it will be interesting to see if buyers want ABS on Dyna's

    So far we have sold only 6 Dynas with ABS (2012 Model year)

    2 FXDF's
    2 FLD's (switchback)
    1 FXDWG
    1 FXDB
  13. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    How many of the switchback buyers were women?

    I'm not trying to start anything, but the last few I've seen had female pilots.
  14. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    Harley's biggest marketing homerun, since the introduction of the Heritage Classic Softail, back in 1986.

    Hopefully it's success will yield variants, double discs up front, available cruise control option...

    Without the reversed triple tree setup of the dresser touring chassis,
    it really cleans up the front end of the bike.

    So strongly reminds me of my old Duo Glides, elegant bike indeed...

    996DL
  15. tenfive0

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    Son of a fricking female dog. I want my wife to trade up her FXDXT for one so Ican ride it.
  16. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    finally back in paradise...
    She's got a cult classic already and probably enjoys being able to spank that dresser,
    when she lays the hammer down. :wink: :lol3

    996DL
  17. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Been here awhile

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    I wanted a bike for Weekend trips to get away from the stress not long distance touring. I'm over 50 and my days of riding 1000 miles in a day are 20 years behind me, these days 500 miles is a big day for me and mostly I travel with a credit card and a change of clothes so I don't need a lot of luggage space, mostly it's a lot less distance than that.

    I've often thought about a Harley but kids, a house mortgage etc etc meant I've had a succession of budget new bikes (which were mostly reliable but mostly bland) mixed in with 2nd hand European bikes (which were not always reliable but not at all bland). So I wanted something that appealed to me, not just did the job of carrying me from A to B but that wouldn't leave me stranded by the side of the road.

    I didn't want a sportster and my budget pretty much restricted me to the 'entry level' big twins from Harley (the Road King/Street Glide are a lot more $) and as a bonus the Switchback fit me perfectly when I sat on it (5 foot 7 and 30" inseam).

    I've found that the more years I ride bikes the more it is for me about how I feel about what I'm riding that matters to me and not about how fast I can go or how far I can go or even where I go as long as I go. It's about the journey not the destination as they say.

    Maybe the Switchback isn't the best tourer on the market, maybe it's not even the best Harley bagger on the market but it was the bike that made me stop when I looked at it in the showroom and go "Damn I want that' in a way that hasn't happened since I was 20 years old and saving up for my first new motorbike.

    So late last week I rang the local Harley dealer and put a deposit on a silver Switchback they had sitting on the shop floor. I got some discounted accessories (I love the 5 spoke Vapor wheels). I reckon they wanted to move it because it's nearly the end of the financial year out here but that's fine with me because I got a good deal.

    I'm just waiting for all the paperwork to be sorted out and I expect to be picking it up later this week (I'm keeping my KLR for dirt touring though).

    Below is a picture of the bike still sitting in the dealer with some options they fitted (but without the luggage and screen fitted), the single seat is coming off as I want a dual seat. I guess by the way they're selling that there are a few of us who reckon they are a good mix of features at a good price point.

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  18. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Congrats. I think of this bike as a capable tourer but I like to travel light.
  19. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Congrats and great choice on the wheels, they really make the lines flow end to end. Well done!
  20. toyboy

    toyboy Been here awhile

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    Been reading all of your comments on the Switchback. I am looking at one now and am interested in all opinions from actual owners etc.

    Not worried about image, but curious too about an earlier post: are women the only ones buying these? I like to think not as I was at Americade and seen a few of them there and all were male riders. Again, not that it matters but someone asked and it made me wonder..
    Got to demo one and have to say I really liked the way the had the demo set up. "Follow the orange arrows and see you in 20-30 min...." Absolutely a great way to ride one. A little in town, some 2 lane roads and then dumped you onto the interstate for 2 exits and back into town/demo area.
    Test road a BMW K1600GT and was bombarded with rules and of course a lead and trail rider etc. More "don'ts" then on a prom night..
    Barring that, was more impressed with the Harley than the BMW. Got plenty BMW's, Have had them all and maybe I am just disappointed with BMW's and all of the crap that is failing etc. really don't need a bike that fast, with all that technology that makes you totally dealer dependent. Personal preference I am sure but my 2 cents worth.
    I did get the Harley up to 95 miles an hour and have to applaud the stability and overall handling at speeds. Felt like I was doing 65. Went a tad down the road before I realized I had another gear to go. Really felt the vibrations even at lower speeds was negligible and best of all I found that the trans shifter way nicer and less noisy than the BMW. I actually took it out of gear multiple times to neutral and back at a light and it never missed a beat. I think that the quality of the bike has overall improved and really feel it is a winner. I think it will make a great all around local or tourer with ease. I plan on offing one of my RT's (before my final drive fails) and getting one. Cheers