The illustrious Dyna family of Harley-Davison has been in the business of fusing Big Twin muscle with lean custom styling since the introduction of the Sturgis model in 1991. The platform actually hearkens back another 20 years to the seminal 1971 Super Glide, which grafted the Sportster’s gangly front end to an Electra Glide frame, forming the FX chassis.
Roam in Chrome
Harley’s influential Super Glide began life in 1971 as the result of Willie G. Davidson’s Frankensteinian grafting of the Sportster’s slinky front end to the muscular frame and powertrain of the Electra Glide. Willie G’s chopper-inspired cut-and-paste resulted in the birth of the (seemingly) oxymoronic “factory-custom” genre. For customers looking for a trick ride with a factory warranty and without a hefty aftermarket accessory tab, the Super Glide hammered a persuasive power chord that is still ringing throughout the industry.
FXD135 35th Anniversary
As a well-scrubbed youth in the 1950s, Willie G. Davidson, grandson of Motor Company co-founder William A. Davidson, headed west from Wisconsin to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Out on the west coast, the sun was rising on the world of motorcycle customizing, with men like Ed Roth and Von Dutch on the crest of the new wave. The impact of the emergent custom scene would linger in Davidson’s sketchbook as he joined Harley-Davidson’s design department in 1963.