When on July 20, 2011 I introduced you to the new Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback, your reactions were quite positive at the concept of 2 bikes in 1. It’s both a street cruiser and a touring bike via the simple addition of a fork-mounted windshield and of color matched hard saddlebag. A Dyna platform with the eager handling of Twin Cam 103″, a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and a mini-ape handlebar mounted on pull-back risers are quite attracting features. But the Switchback has another important quality: it’s the lightest custom touring motorcycle in its displacement category, only 718 pounds which is an amazing 94 pounds less than a Road King!
“The new front end geometry, wheel and tire specs, and cartridge fork are engineered to work together to produce steering that’s light to input and immediately responsive,” Brian Scherbarth, Switchback project lead engineer. “A demo ride will reveal that Switchback is a capable touring motorcycle that’s also really fun to ride.” I list below the key Dyna Switchback Features (pictures@harley-davidson)
• Twin Cam 103™ engine with 103-cid (1690cc), rubber-mounted within the frame, is rated at 100 ft. lbs. of torque at 3500 RPM. The engine is equipped with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and is mated to a 6-speed Cruise Drive® transmission. • 2-into-1 chrome exhaust with straight-cut muffler tuned for a deep exhaust tone. • Advanced suspension is tuned for comfort and precise handling. Nitrogen-charged, monotube rear shocks have preload-adjustable, dual rate springs. A 41.3mm front fork with a 20mm cartridge delivers enhanced damping performance, handling and ride comfort. • Low-profile Dunlop® 130/70B18 front tire and specific front-end geometry provides reduced steering effort, enhanced steering response and confident low-speed manuevering. • Color-matched detachable hard saddlebags have a combined luggage capacity of 30 pounds. The saddlebag locks are common to the ignition key, and external latches do not interfere with packing or reduce usable bag volume. • Quick-detach, fork-mounted windshield. • The Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels have 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. • The one-piece, two-up seat features custom stitched detail. Seat height (laden) is 26.1 inches. Its narrow cross section enables flat-foot stops for most riders. • Security Package Option bundles Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob. • Stainless steel, mini ape-hanger handlebar on pull-back riser. • 4.7-gallon fuel tank.