Family Feud: Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide vs. V-Rod Muscle

Tweaking Tradition

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kevin Wing
Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide | $14,499
Tech Spec
Engine type: a-c 45-deg. V-twin Rear suspension: Dual Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload Measured horsepower: 64.5 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Valve train: OHV, 4v Front brake: Brembo four-piston caliper, 300mm disc Measured torque: 81.8 lb.-ft. @ 3250 rpm
Displacement: 1584cc Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 292mm disc Corrected 1/4-mile: 13.21 sec. @ 99.3 mph
Bore x stroke: 92.25 x 111.25mm Front tire: 80/90-21 Dunlop GT502 Top-gear roll-on: 6.9 sec.
Compression: 9.2:1 Rear tire: 180/60-17 Dunlop GT502 Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 41/34/37 mpg
Fuel system: EFI Rake/trail: 34.0º /5.2 in. Colors: Vivid Black, Red Hot Sunglo
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Seat height: 26.7 in. Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed overdrive Wheelbase: 68.3 in. Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Steel double-cradle Fuel capacity: 4.7 gal. Contact: Harley-Davidson Motor Company
3700 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
414.343.4056
www.harley-davidson.com
Front suspension: 41mm Showa telescopic fork Weight (tank full/empty): 677/649 lbs.

Dyno
The Wide Glide seldom has less than 70 lb.-ft. of torque on tap, so adequate acceleration isn't an issue. Short-shifts are the order of the day: Beyond 3500 rpm, torque falls off in direct relation to the increased vibration from the TC96 mill.

Ergos
Both bikes' C-clamp riding positions aren't exactly a recipe for comfort. Harley makes a big deal about beginner- and female-friendly 26-inch seat heights, but the long reach to the bar and pegs makes the Wide Glide unreasonable for non-Amazons.

Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle | $18,344 (as tested)
Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 60-deg. V-twin Rear suspension: Dual Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload Measured horsepower: 105.1 bhp @ 8250 rpm
Valve train: DOHC, 8v Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 300mm discs with ABS Measured torque: 74.5 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm
Displacement: 1250cc Rear brake: Brembo four-piston caliper, 300mm disc with ABS Corrected 1/4-mile: 11.86 sec. @ 115.3 mph
Bore x stroke: 105.0 x 72.0mm Front tire:120/70ZR-19 Dunlop D208F Sportmax Top-gear roll-on: 3.3 sec. (5-speed)
Compression: 11.5:1 Rear tire:240/40R-18 Dunlop Elite 3 Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 33/29/30 mpg
Fuel system: EFI Rake/trail: 34.0º/5.6 in. Colors: Brilliant Silver, Vivid Black, Dark Blue Denim, Red Hot Sunglo
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper Seat height: 26.7 in. Availability: Now
Transmission: 5-speed Wheelbase: 67.0 in. Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Tubular-steel perimeter with aluminum swingarm Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal. Contact: Harley-Davidson Motor Company
3700 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
414.343.4056
www.harley-davidson.com
Front suspension: 43mm Showa inverted fork Weight (tank full/empty): 674/644 lbs.

Dyno
The Muscle's dyno curve could come from a big-bore V-twin sportbike. Power builds steadily almost to redline, with a comfortable over-rev cushion that makes it easy to tame the top of the tach. Flat, fat torque output almost lets you forget there are only five gears.


Ergos
From the fat rear tire forward, everything about the Muscle is oversized. The square seat and drainpipe-sized dual exhausts splay your legs in motion and at rest. Bars and pegs are a stretch for anyone shorter than 5'8", and the non-adjustable levers fit big paws best.

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