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2012 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide Review
Low-down and beefy, it's got old-school chopper looks with the comfort
of a modern ride
Re-introduced in 2010, the Dyna® Wide Glide® motorcycle is all about attitude. Its tough, dark styling and retro feel, along with a retro price tag, give riders the confidence to sit low and stretch out. The Wide Glide® is raw and true to its roots with a chopped rear fender, black rims on 40-spoke laced wheels, a black tank console, Tommy Gun exhaust, beefy, raked-out forks and a swept back sissy bar. Throw in the old-school flame paint scheme and heads are sure to turn. The lowered suspension, internally-wired handlebar with 4-inch riser and forward foot controls offer an awesome ride and the sticker price provides amazing value.
The black, wire form sissy bar is a nod to the chopper style with a slight
pullback for a unique look. Black like the frame with a retro feel adds to
the old school attitude. Give your passenger something to hold, or strap on
a bedroll for a weekend run.
BLACKED OUT RIMS & LARGE FRONT WHEEL
Raw, gritty and no-nonsensethe Wide Glide® model features black
laced steel wheels with a large 21' wheel up front for a quintessential long
custom look. Out back, the 17' rim is wrapped in a 180mm tire for a perfectly
proportioned rear end.
Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes
standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to
five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects in the sunglo and pearl
colors. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.
BEEFY TRIPLE CLAMPS & FORKS
All Harley-Davidson® fuel tanks are finished by handthat's what makes them stand out from the competition. Their seamless design and unmatched style are unique among all motorcycles on the road. The tanks are one of the first and last things people notice when they lay their eyes on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycleso we make it worth their time.
This is what makes a Wide Glide® a Wide Glidebeefy triple clamps
and raked out forks for a long, wide style. The shear amount of steel up front
gives this Harley-Davidson® motorcycle a defining look, one you can see
coming for miles. Just as fat and aggressive-looking as the first Wide Glide®
model built by Chief Styling Officer Willie G. Davidson back in 1980.
The Wide Glide® motorcycle features an internally wired 1 1/4" bar
with tall risers. This beefy custom handlebar is truly reminiscent of a classic,
old school raked-out chopper. And with the wires buried in the steel, you
get a clean, minimal look with nothing standing in your way.
Welcome to the crossroads of pure Harley-Davidson® style and smart engineering.
The 'Tommy Gun' 2-1-2 exhaust increases exhaust flow to provide heart stopping
performance, signature Harley-Davidson rumble, and big style.
You want a ride that rumblesnot begs for mercywhen you lean on
it a little. The Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission provides smooth,
quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway, so you get a better
match between engine turnover and road speed. It's a rare ride when a bike
responds like this, and a low growl goes a long way when you're opening up
the road ahead.
New for 2012: live your ride to the power of 103. The air cooled Twin Cam
103 Harley Davidson® engine delivers more stump pulling torque,
while its Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection jetting gives crisp, lively
throttle reaction. Its a performance punch that youll appreciate
when passing, climbing hills, or rolling with luggage packed or a passenger
in backall under that signature Motor Company rumble. And it comes at
lower cruising rpm, so you ride more smoothly, with less engine vibration
and better highway fuel economy.
The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The
Motor Company, and it was put to good use when we created the Twin Cam 103;
engine. We sweated bullets perfecting every cubic inch, pushing design and
technology forward. And we did it all without compromising one bit of Harley-Davidson's
unique styling. Evolved, yet carrying on the legacy of the Flathead, Knucklehead,
Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution®, Twin Cam 88®; and Twin Cam 96
engines that came before. The performance and durability are a direct result
of the untold miles logged on the V-Twin since 1909, and the proud heritage
that comes from a century's worth of commitment to life on two wheels.
Fire up the Twin Cam 103 engine and feel the low-end torque unleashed.
Thanks to the lightweight piston design, delivery of the added power is more
refined than ever. Then put your foot on the shifter and feel how the engine
and Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission were designed to work together.
Six speeds. A strong driveline and strong internal parts. Low routine maintenance.
And a low cruising rpm couldn't feel better.
Feast your eyes on the Twin Cam 103 engine and there's no mistaking
its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with
an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Black
powder-coated heads and cylinders are highlighted by machined cooling fin
tips and chrome rocker covers. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping
with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of
cases and coversthe Twin Cam 103 engine makes an ironclad statement
about holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies.
Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style
and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is
skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bikethe tank, engine and
all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It's just another way
The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line
fit and finish.
Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive.
The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the
motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes
second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on
basking in the freedom of the ride.
You may be cruising with swagger, but you know safety counts. This sophisticated,
factory-installed ABS gives 'stopping power' a double meaning. Its components
are tastefully hidden within the wheel hub, so you'll still turn heads with
clean, streamlined design. But more importantly, you get certainty in the
saddle knowing your bike's going to behave when you need it. Offered as a
part of the 'Security Package' (which includes the H-D® Smart Security
The factory-installed next-generation security system features a hands-free
fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions
as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition
key ring and let it do all the work. It's this attention to details and security
that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique. Offered as a part of the
'Security Package' (which includes Anti-Lock Brakes).
Preload is easily adjusted with a spanner wrench to make your suspension
suit you and your riding style. The slammed low rear suspension gives you
a more laid-back riding position and style. Low-profile, kicked back for profiling
down the boulevard and hugging corners.
Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on
the road. There's a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverabilityit's
all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to
create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike
they swing their leg over. Let's face it, we didn't get to where we are by
being like everyone else.
New Michelin® Scorcher Tires provide the superior performance,
sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling expected on
a race-bred bike. The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water
evacuation capability. Grip performance and durability is also enhanced by
the tire's rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic
polymers. Under the rear rubber, aramid belts are used to stabilize your ride,
which helps inspire confidence in handling.
With the custom forward-mounted controls on the Wide Glide® model, you
can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate cruise through
town or across the state line. It's time to take in the open road the way
you were meant toon a two-wheeled machine that's built to outdo the
The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a
seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson
invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that
every bike has just the right saddle.
Our motorcycles are built to be ridden. A lot. So that means that rider comfort is top of mind. Always. With the Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy (EITMS) feature, the motorcycle automatically cuts fuel and fire from rear cylinder when idling, which helps reduce engine heat felt by rider and passenger. This feature can easily be turned on by your dealer.
2012 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide Model Highlights
NEW Rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential
Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 100 ft. lbs. of torque
NEW Optional Security Package bundling Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and a Smart Security System for greater value
NEW Paint color options
- Black powder-coated powertrain with chrome covers
- Chrome, Tommy Gun 2-1-2 collector exhaust with dual mufflers
- 4.7-gallon Street Bob®-style fuel tank, raised at the front .75-inch
- 40-spoke laced steel wheels with black rims
- 21-inch front wheel
- Front and rear suspension lowered one inch
- 34 degree fork angle
- Wide polished aluminum triple clamps
- Chopped rear fender with chrome supports
- Low solo seat with separate passenger pillion
- Stainless steel internally-wired handlebar on four-inch black riser
- Wrinkle-black battery box and fender struts
- Black mirrors and headlight bucket
- Black one-piece wire sissy bar
- Dual red LED lights combine the stop/turn/tail functions
- Side-mounted license plate
- Low-profile tank console with electronic speedometer
2012 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide Features and Benefits
- NEW Rubber-mounted Twin Cam103 V-Twin engine
- 6-speed Cruise Drive® transmission
- Exposed under-seat battery box
- Exposed rear coil-over shock absorbers
- Forward-mounted rider footpegs with brake and shift levers
- Optional Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System with hands-free security fob
2012 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide - USA Specifications/Technical
US MSRP Price: Vivid Black $14,849, Two-Tones $15,554 USD
Length 94.0 in. (2388 mm)
Overall Width 37.2 in. (945 mm)
Overall Height 47.8 in. (1214 mm)
- Laden2 25.5 in. (648 mm)
- Unladen 26.7 in. (678 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.2 in. (107 mm)
Rake (steering head) 34°
Fork Angle 36°
Trail 5.2 in. (132 mm)
Wheelbase 68.3 in. (1735 mm)
Tires (Michelin® Scorcher® 31 front and rear):
- Front Scorcher® 31 80/90-21 54H
- Rear Scorcher® 31 180/60B17 75V
Fuel Capacity 4.7 gal. (17.8 L) (warning light at approximately 0.9 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 3.0 qts. (2.8 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
Case Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
- As Shipped 650 lbs. (295.0 kg)
- In Running Order 668 lbs. (303.0 kg)
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1085 lbs. (492.2 kg)
- Gross Axle Weight Rating:
- Front 390 lbs. (176.9 kg)
- Rear 695 lbs. (315.3 kg)
Engine Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.875 in. x 4.38 in. (98.4 mm x 111.3 mm)
Displacement 103 cu. in. (1690 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Fiberglass Media, washable
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump
Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 32/66 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
- 1st 9.311
- 2nd 6.454
- 3rd 4.793
- 4th 3.882
- 5th 3.307
- 6th 2.79
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; forged fender supports; MIG welded
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 49 mm with polished aluminum fork triple clamp and dual-rate springs
Rear Shocks Coil-over shock
Wheels4: Black Steel Laced
- Front 21 in. x 2.15 in. (533 mm x 55 mm)
- Rear 17 in. x 4.5 in. (432 mm x 114 mm)
- Caliper Type 4-piston front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear
- Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, uniform expansion rotors (floating, front only)
- Front (floating) 11.8 in. x .2 in. (300 mm x 5.1 mm)
- Rear 11.5 in. x .23 in. (292 mm x 5.8 mm)
- Anti-lock Braking System: Available
- Front Wheel 5 in. (127 mm)
- Rear Wheel 3.1 in. (78.74 mm)
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
- North America 100 ft. lbs. @ 3500 RPM (136 Nm @ 3500 RPM)
Lean Angle (per J1168):
- Right 28.4°
- Left 31.9°
Fuel Economy6 (EPA urban/highway test) 42 mpg (5.6 L/100 km)
- Vivid Black
- Vivid Black with Flames
- Big Blue Pearl with Flames
- Ember Red Sunglo with Flames
Vivid Black $14,849
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 270 cca
Charging Three-phase, 40-amp system (493W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 540W max power @ 13.5V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
- Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
- Rear Turn Signal Lights 9W/43W self-canceling
- Indicator Lamps: High beam, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, security system7 (optional), 6-speed, low fuel warnings
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every 5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter
1 Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered.Specifications
and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured
and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications,
dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on
available information at the time of publication.
Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (V-Rod® models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
2 Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3 Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
4 Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
5 Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
6 The combined fuel economy numbers were derived using a combination of estimated city and highway values. Fuel economy estimates are derived from US EPA exhaust emission certification data on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual fuel economy will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight). Break-in mileage may vary.
7 North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
8 See motorcycle owners manual for complete details.
9 Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2500 mile (4000 km) intervals. See Owners Manual for full details.
2012 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide - Canadian Specifications/Technical
Canada MSRP Price: Vivid Black $16,289, Two-Tone Option $17,059, Security Package (Security and ABS) $1,310 CDN
Length: 2,445 mm
Seat Height, Laden: 648 mm
Seat Height, Unladen: 680 mm
Ground Clearance: 100 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg): 34
Trail: 132 mm
Wheelbase: 1,715 mm
Tires, Front Specification: 80/90-21 54H
Tires, Rear Specification: 180/60B17 75V
Fuel Capacity 3: 17.8 l
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 2.8 l
Weight, As Shipped: 295 kg
Weight, In Running Order: 303 kg
Luggage Capacity -Volume: N/A
Luggage Capacity -Weight: N/A
Engine 1: Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103
Bore: 98.4 mm
Stroke: 111.3 mm
Displacement: 1,691 cc
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st: 9.311
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd: 6.454
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd: 4.793
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th: 3.882
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th: 3.307
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th: 2.79
Exhaust: Chrome, "Tommy Gun" 2-1-2 collector exhaust with dual mufflers
Wheels, Optional Style Type: N/A
Wheels, Front Type: Black, Laced Steel
Wheels, Rear Type: Black, Laced Steel
Brakes, Caliper Type: 4-piston front and 2-piston torque-free floating rear
Parking Brake: N/A
Engine Torque Testing Method: EEC/95/1
Engine Torque 2: 134 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm): 3,250
Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 28.4
Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 31.9
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy: 5.6 l/100 km
- Vivid Black
- Vivid Black with Flames
- Big Blue Pearl with Flames
- Ember Red Sunglo with Flames
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator LampsHigh beam, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, security system(optional), 6-speed, low fuel warnings
Tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, RPM/Gear display, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, 6-speed indicator light
1: Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
2: Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
3: Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
4: Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
5: Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
6: Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
7: North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes
2012 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide - Press Release 1
MORE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODELS WITH TWIN CAM 103 POWER IN 2012
V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition and Dyna® Switchback Bagger Join the Model Line
MILWAUKEE (July 20, 2011) Harley-Davidson offers more Big Twin performance for 2012 as its Twin Cam 103 powertrain is standard equipment on Softail® and Touring motorcycle models and most Dyna® motorcycle models. Harley-Davidson will offer two new models for 2012. The V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition celebrates a decade of power-cruiser performance, while the new Dyna® Switchback is a convertible custom-touring motorcycle with detachable hard saddlebags and windshield. In addition, the Night Rod Special has significant updates for 2012 with refreshed bodywork and optimized rider ergonomics. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM rolls out the gleaming new CVO Road Glide® Custom, a limited-production, high-performance touring masterpiece.
Harley-Davidson believes every motorcycle it sells can be a custom of one. Harley-Davidson H-D1 is a comprehensive offering of customization tools for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. H-D1 tools include Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories listings in print and on-line catalogs, Fit Shop and consultation services at Harley-Davidson dealerships, and factory customization and Bike Builder tools on www.harley-davidson.com. H-D1 offers almost unlimited opportunities to optimize fit, function, style and performance and turn a Harley into a motorcycle that is truly personalized to its owner.
Harley- Davidson heads into 2012 with 32 models, each born of experience that spans generations and a passion for riding that will never diminish.
Highlights of the 2012 Harley-Davidson line include:
The Twin Cam 103 engine powers all 2012 Dyna®, Softail® and
Touring models with the exception of the Dyna Street Bob® and Dyna Super
Glide® Custom. This engine produces up to 100 ft lbs. peak torque, an
increase of approximately 6 percent over the Twin Cam 96 engine it replaces
as standard power for many of these models. The Twin Cam 103 is equipped with
automatic compression release. It features identifying badges on the derby
cover, timer cover and air cleaner trim ring.
A Security Package that pairs Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob is available for all 2012 V-Rod®, Dyna®, Softail®, Touring and CVO models. The Security Package is standard equipment on CVO models and on the Road Glide® Ultra, the Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, and the Road King® Classic. The Security Package is a factory-installed option for all other models.
The Night Rod® Special is updated with new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, an inverted front fork and improved ergonomics. Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of power cruising with the V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that evokes the anodized aluminum bodywork of the original V-Rod model that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine in 2002. All V-Rod models will carry V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.
The new Dyna Switchback combines hard saddlebags and a windshield with the eager handling and Twin Cam 103 performance of the Dyna chassis. It's a custom-touring bike ready for a long weekend trip, until the detachable bags and windshield are removed. Then in seconds the Switchback becomes a custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and a mini-ape handlebar. This convertible concept makes the versatile Switchback two motorcycles in one.
All Harley-Davidson Softail models get the performance boost of the Twin Cam 103 engine for 2012. The Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo have a new reduced-reach handlebar for more-comfortable ergonomics. A lower, narrower seat shape places the Fat Boy rider in a new "in the bike" position. The Softail Deluxe and Heritage Softail Classic will be available with a new optional "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair.
The Twin Cam 103 powertrain gives all Harley-Davidson Touring models assertive power for passing. On Touring models, the Twin Cam 103 is equipped with an oil cooler. All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster® line appeals to a broad range of riders with six 2012 models ranging from the race-inspired XR1200X to the accessible SuperLow® to Dark Custom roadsters like the Iron 883, Nightster® and Forty-Eight®. The Sportster® 1200 Custom can be personalized for fit, function and style with H-D1 factory customization, a process that allows customers to use the Bike Builder tool on harley-davidson.com to build the motorcycle from a selection of options that are installed as the bike is assembled by Harley-Davidson Motor Company or are installed by a dealer after the motorcycle is delivered. New 1200 Custom color options have been added to Bike Builder for 2012.
The new CVO Road Glide Custom is one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM, each turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. CVO Road Glide Custom is a hot-rod bagger with a frame-mounted fairing topped with a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio system, and a color-matched, low-profile fuel tank console.