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2014 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback Review

2014 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback

Easily convertible from cruising to touring, it's like two bikes in one, with no compromises...

The Dyna® Switchback is a custom touring motorcycle with detachable hard saddlebags and quick-detach windshield. Remove those components in just seconds to turn the Switchback into a custom street cruiser. Chassis, suspension and tires are engineered to deliver light, confident handling.

The Switchback is the lightest custom touring motorcycle in its displacement category. Its styling evokes a classic proportion and clean, straightforward lines. The bend of the mini-ape handlebar and its pull-back riser combine with full-length rider footboards and a two-up touring seat to offer most Switchback riders all-day comfort.

 

2014 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback Total Motorcycle Key Features

NEW Standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
NEW Paint color options
• Color-matched detachable hard saddlebags
• Quick-detach, fork-mounted windshield
• 2-into-1 chrome exhaust with straight-cut muffler
• Nitrogen-charged, 36mm monotube rear shocks have preload-adjustable, dual rate springs
• Cartridge-type 41.3mm front fork delivers enhanced damping performance, handling and ride comfort
• Black, 5-spoke Cast Aluminum wheels with machine-highlighted rims; 18-inch front, 17-inch rear
• Full-coverage front and rear fenders
• Chrome headlamp nacelle
• Chrome fork covers and chrome rear shock covers
• Chrome tank console with integrated ignition switch
• Classic black battery box cover
• Full-length rider footboards
• One-piece, two-up seat with custom stitching
• Black powdercoated engine with polished covers
• 4.7-gallon Street Bob® fuel tank
• Stainless steel, mini ape-hanger handlebar on pull-back riser
• Security Package Option bundles Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free
security fob

• Rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103™ engine with 103-cid (1690cc) with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) is rated at 98.8 ft. lbs. of torque at 3500 RPM
• 6-speed Cruise Drive® transmission
• Exposed under-seat battery box
• Exposed rear coil-over shock absorbers
• Optional Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands free security fob

 

 

2014 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback Total Motorcycle Features and Benefits

Heritage Detailing

The Switchback model's classic retro features have a contemporary look that’ll never be lost in the crowd. From its hallmark chromed out headlamp nacelle and its mini “ape hanger” handlebars, to its tank console with 5-inch speedo. This bike makes a modern visual statement that’s truly rooted in Harley-Davidson heritage.

Cast Aluminum Wheels with Full Wrap Fenders

These full fenders do more than keep the mud off during your long-hauls—they add to the Switchback model's unique, classic-contemporary profile. And neither are the 5-spoke hot-rod wheels just for show: they may be eye-catching, but their cast aluminum construction and balanced engineering enhance the bike's confident handling.

Convertible Features, Classic Styling

Your riding moods change—so let them. With its detachable windshield and saddlebags, the Switchback motorcycle can make the switch from cruising to touring or back in seconds. Easily take them off for a powerful, head-turning street cruiser. Re-attach them for a comfortable, light-handling tourer that definitely goes the distance. And its clean styling brings vintage Harley-Davidson simplicity to today's roads in a look that defines classic: true to its roots yet completely contemporary. The Switchback motorcycle is like having two bikes in one: a union of opposites that makes no compromises.

Pure Harley-Davidson Styling

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 polished 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 covers—the Twin Cam 103 engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies.

Six-Speed Cruise Drive® Transmission

You want a ride that rumbles—not begs for mercy—when you lean on it a little. The Six-Speed Cruise Drive provides smooth, quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway, so you get a better match between engine turnover and road speed. And the Isolated Drive System makes acceleration flow in a smooth, steady stream from your wrist right down to the pavement. 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.

Twin Cam 103™ Engine Heritage

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.

Twin Cam 103™ Engine Innovation

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.

Twin Cam 103™ Engine Power

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. It’s a performance punch that you’ll appreciate when passing, climbing hills, or rolling with luggage packed or a passenger in back—all 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 efficiency.

H-D™ Smart Security System (Optional)

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 detail and security that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles unique.

Standard Anti-lock Brakes

Our anti-lock brakes give “stopping power” a double meaning. We keep our ABS components tastefully hidden within the wheel hub, so you'll 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.

Adjustable Cigar Tube Rear Shocks

The classic-style suspension covers may add to the Switchback's vintage Harley-Davidson style, but the modern technology they’re wrapped around delivers a ride that feels anything but old school. Oil emulsion damping control gives a smooth, quality ride that makes it easy to go the distance. And preload can be adjusted with just a spanner wrench, so you can easily switch your suspension to suit your riding style, touring or cruising.

Light Weight Chassis

You’re moving with monster power, but the Switchback is no monster to control. The chassis is tuned for a light-weight feel and easy handling—in fact this is the lightest custom touring chassis available in its class—so you can move and maneuver nimbly, with complete confidence, in all driving conditions. Even getting it on or off its stand is easy.

Cartridge-Style Front Fork

Authentic throwback styling's easy on the eyes, but you want to be sure you're riding with state-of-the-art comfort and confidence. And the Switchback's beefy cartridge-style front fork give you top-notch smoothness whether you're blazing the blacktop across town, long-hauling to the next state, or just prowling a parking lot.

Full-Length Rider Footboards

Your boots were made for riding, in any way you see fit. Our full-length footboards boast a tried-and-true design that's stood the test of time. Plenty of foot positions for your taste and comfort. Rubber vibration isolation for a comfortable ride.

Two-Up Seat

Nostalgic style meets contemporary sleekness and comfort in this deeply contoured, narrow-necked bucket. This saddle relieves pressure on your thighs, while providing back support and comfort, along with plenty of room for your friend to ride along. Additionally, premium stitching accentuates the advanced ergonomics with that sharp detail you only find on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. It's science in service of comfort, for the short cruise and the long haul.

Clean Detachable Saddlebags

When you’re touring, you want cargo space, big and secure. When you’re cruising, you want style, pure and simple. With its detachable saddlebags, your Switchback is always ready for what you want. The bags’ unique design makes it easy to load in your stuff, while their sealed, locking, hard-case exterior keeps it well-protected. And when it’s time to convert, they come off quickly, cleanly, no tools needed. And like the classic Harley-Davidson® motorcycles it recalls, the Switchback looks great wearing its bags or not. So go ahead, change your mood whenever you want—your Switchback can keep up.

Detachable Windshield

Go from touring to cruising in a heartbeat. Attach the windshield for protection from the elements. Or detach it in seconds for a new look and ride. The Lexan® screen is as tough as they come—durable, scratch resistant, low maintenance. And whether you choose to cruise or keep the shield on, your Switchback rules with a style and versatility you can make your own.

2-into-1 Exhaust

Recalling the bold pipe style of classic Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, the 2-into-1 exhaust helps direct heat away from you and your passenger while delivering powerful performance—not to mention that signature Harley-Davidson rumble every time you crack the throttle.



 

 


 

2014 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback - Total Motorcycle USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: Vivid Black $16,999;
Color Option $17,399 USD


DIMENSIONS


Length - 92.9 in.

Seat Height, Laden 7 - 26.1 in.

Seat Height, Unladen 7 - 27.4 in.

Ground Clearance - 4.3 in.

Rake (steering head) (deg) - 29.9

Trail - 5.84 in.

Wheelbase - 62.8 in.

Tires, Front Specification - 130/70B18 63H

Tires, Rear Specification - 160/70B17 73H

Fuel Capacity - 4.7 gal.

Oil Capacity (w/filter) - 3 qt.

Weight, As Shipped - 696 lb.

Weight, In Running Order - 718 lb.

Luggage Capacity -Volume - N/A

ENGINE


Engine 1 - Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103™

Bore - 3.87 in.

Stroke - 4.374 in.

Displacement - 103.1 cu in

Compression Ratio - 9.6:1

Fuel System 3 - Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

DRIVETRAIN


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

CHASSIS


Exhaust - 2-into-1 chrome exhaust with straight-cut muffler

Wheels, Optional Style Type 9 - N/A

Wheels, Front Type 9 - Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Wheels, Rear Type - Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Brakes, Caliper Type - 4-piston fixed front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear

Parking Brake - N/A

PERFORMANCE


Engine Torque Testing Method - J1349

Engine Torque 2 - 98.8 ft-lb

Engine Torque (rpm) - 3,500

Lean Angle, Right (deg.) - 29

Lean Angle, Left (deg.) - 29

Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 - 42 mpg

 

PRICING 6


Vivid Black$16,999

Color Option$17,399

Two-Tone OptionN/A

Custom Color OptionN/A

Hard Candy Color OptionN/A

Security Option$395

Wheel OptionN/A

ABS OptionSTD

Cruise Control OptionN/A

Freight$390

Security Package (Security and ABS)N/A

 

ELECTRIC


Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, low fuel warning, ABS, low battery, body controller diagnostics

Gauges - 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


1Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.

2Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.

3Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.

4See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.

5Estimated 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.

6Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.

7Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

8North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.

9Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.


 

 


 

2014 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback - Total Motorcycle Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See your local retailer for pricing information.

PRICING


See your local retailer for pricing information.

 

DIMENSIONS


Length - 2,360 mm

Seat Height, Laden 6 - 663 mm

Seat Height, Unladen 6 - 695 mm

Ground Clearance - 110 mm

Rake (steering head) (deg) - 29.9

Trail - 148 mm

Wheelbase - 1,595 mm

Tires, Front Specification - 130/70B18 63H

Tires, Rear Specification - 160/70B17 73H

Fuel Capacity - 17.8 l

Oil Capacity (w/filter) - 2.8 l

Weight, As Shipped - 320 kg

Weight, In Running Order - 330 kg

Luggage Capacity -Volume - N/A

ENGINE


Engine 1 - Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103™

Bore - 98.4 mm

Stroke - 111.1 mm

Displacement - 1,690 cc

Compression Ratio - 9.6:1

Fuel System 3 - Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

DRIVETRAIN


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

CHASSIS


Exhaust - 2-into-1 chrome exhaust with straight-cut muffler

Wheels, Optional Style Type 8 - N/A

Wheels, Front Type 8 - Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Wheels, Rear Type - Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Brakes, Caliper Type - 4-piston fixed front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear

Parking Brake - N/A

PERFORMANCE


Engine Torque Testing Method - J1349

Engine Torque 2 - 134 Nm

Engine Torque (rpm) - 3,500

Lean Angle, Right (deg.) - 29

Lean Angle, Left (deg.) - 29

Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 - 5.6 l/100 km

ELECTRIC


Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 7High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, low fuel warning, ABS, low battery, body controller diagnostics

Gauges - 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


1Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.

2Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.

3Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.

4See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.

5Estimated 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.

6Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

7North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.

8Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. Information from Total Motorcycle.com; All information correct as of posted date.


 

 

 

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