The FXDX Superglide Sport: A bike Ahead of It’s Time

The FXDX had amazing ground clearance and an aggressive handling rake.
The FXDX had amazing ground clearance and an aggressive handling rake.

In 1999 Harley-Davidson introduced the FXDX Superglide Sport. This bike was equipped with 39mm front forks, dual disc front brakes, external dual rear shocks, raised front and rear frame height to improve handling and a simple cap and gauge fuel tank console. These bikes also featured a great “tune on the fly” front and rear suspension that allowed the rider to adjust dampening during any pit stop.

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The Front and Rear Suspension of an FXDX Could be Tuned on “The Fly”

This suspension allowed the bike to be custom tailored to the rider’s style as well as the road being ridden similar to the Sportster Sport of the same era. These features made these bikes incredibly fun to ride. I dare say in my experience the FXDX even out handles the FXR.

As I looked over the bike pictured here, I remembered how poorly these models sold and thought about how popular they are now. Fifteen years ago people thought they were “nerdy” looking and too sporty. In reality, the FXDX was a bike ahead of its time.

The FXDX is now thought to be well ahead of its time
The FXDX is now thought to be well ahead of its time

These bikes came stock with the styling, suspension, and ride-ability people are trying to pull off on 2016 Dyna’s today. This is even more apparent when you look at the Superglide T-Sport (FXDXT). The “touring” version of the FXDX came from the factory with the mini-fairing now seen on Dyna’s and FXR’s the world over.

A Few Facts About the FXDX

  • It was produced from 1999-2005. It was offered with the option of Fuel Injection in 2004-2005
  • The FXDXT Touring Sport Model was offered from 2001-2003, replacing the Dyna-Convertible.
  • The FXDX was replaced with the Dyna Streetbob in 2006 when the Dyna line was restyled and equipped with Six-Speed Transmissions.

 

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Simplistic Gauges and an Uncluttered Tank Made These Great Looking Bikes
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Front and Rear Suspension Could Be Updated with Ease

 

3 thoughts on “The FXDX Superglide Sport: A bike Ahead of It’s Time”

  1. Does anyone happen to know the correct length of kickstand for 2001 FXDX? I keep seeing replacements listed as 11 inches, yet also say that fits Dyna Lowrider, which doesn’t make sense. Harley just lists it as LONG! Do I need 11 1/2 or 12?

  2. Does anyone happen to know the correct kickstand length needed for a 2001 FXDX? The HD parts catalog just says LONG, but the aftermarket sites, Drag Specialties, J&P, etc, say the replacement is 11 inches, yet all say that particular kickstand also fits a Low Rider, which doesn’t make sense. I bought this bike used, the guy who had it was about 5′ 5″, and had slid the front forks up through the triple tree clamps about 2 inches, and had put 2 inch shorter Progressives on the back. So I put the front forks back where they belong, plus got a pair of Works stock length rear shocks, and now it almost falls over to the right as he had also put a shorter kickstand on it. I’m wondering if beings HD says “LONGER” for the OEM kickstand, if I need 11 1/2 or even 12″ kickstand to make it sit right, while at rest. Thanks

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