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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: Harley-Davidson's Top-of-the-Line Customs, Part Two

Make a statement with a CVO bike

By Diane Ortiz, Photos by Kevin Wing
9/30/2006

Screamin' Eagle Dyna
Like the Screamin' Eagle Springer, the 2007 Screamin' Eagle Dyna has color-matched components in three exclusive color combinations. It also features a rollback front fender (a fender that exposes more of the front tire) and new covered rear shocks (shocks are usually exposed on a Dyna). "You can crank the covers so you can adjust the pre-load on the fly while you're on the road," said Greg Falkner, CVO Team Manager for the Dyna. "We concentrated on pro-street styling and performance."

Diane Ortiz rides the Screamin' Eagle Dyna, based on the Dyna Street Glide.
Diane Ortiz rides the Screamin' Eagle Dyna, based on the Dyna Street Glide.

The Dyna has a drag-style one-piece internally wired handlebar, a tachometer and 4-inch speedometer with indicator icons. "The Knurled footpegs, shift peg, etc. tell you it's a true custom," added Falkner. Knurled is the name of a new collection of accessories from Harley-Davidson that come standard on this custom Dyna.

Pro-street styling and 43mm inverted forks give the Screamin' Eagle Dyna a custom look.
Pro-street styling and 43mm inverted forks give the Screamin' Eagle Dyna a custom look.

The 2007 model is based on the FXD Dyna Super Glide platform and has staggered shorty dual exhausts and straight-cut mufflers with full-length covers. The increased torque of the new engine was evident and the brakes did an adequate job of stopping me. I particularly liked the integrated risers on the handlebars and gauge mount above the riser.

Closeup of the chrome 1.25-inch diameter handlebar with integrated gauge mounting system on the Screamin' Eagle Dyna.
Closeup of the chrome 1.25-inch diameter handlebar with integrated gauge mounting system on the Screamin' Eagle Dyna.

In order to reach the forward controls I had to sit forward on the fuel tank, so I wasn't able to try out the one-piece, two-up custom contoured seat adequately enough or go faster than 30 mph. However, you can easily change the ergonomics by installing mid-mount controls -- one of the many options available in Harley's 896-page catalog or online at Harley-Davidson.com.

The Specs Women Care About
2007 Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Dyna
Displacement: 1800cc
Seat Height: 26.1 inches
Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
Dry Weight: 668 pounds
Colors: Inferno Red/Desert Black, Silver Rush/Midnight Black, Twilight Blue/Granite with Ice Blue Pearl
Price: $24,995, limited edition production of 2,400

2007 Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
This is the second year in a row Harley put the big dresser through its CVO assembly line. "It's all about the rider and the passenger," said Randy Riley, the CVO Team Manager. Changes for 2007 include cast aluminum 9-spoke wheels, a taller windshield with matching air deflectors, and the "Ironside Collection" footboards for the rider and passenger.

Accommodations for the rider and passenger on the Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide include heated seats wtih adjustable floorboards.
Accommodations for the rider and passenger on the Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide include heated seats wtih adjustable floorboards.

New features include a power-lock Tour-Pack and saddlebag system controlled by a button located on the bike. Engineers relocated the intercom plug to the speaker pod and added an advanced audio system with XM radio and an integrated GPS navigation system.

The bike felt a lot lighter than it looked. It weighs nearly 860 pounds! The brakes were good and the bike didn't feel top-heavy, despite its size and weight. At speeds over 50 mph I felt a slight shimmy in the front end possibly caused by the strong crosswind catching the large bat-wing fairing. It could also have been caused by an under inflated front tire on the test bike. It was reported to Harley's service techicians upon return the bike, but unfortunately I didn't get another chance to ride it. 

The custom leather rear top box has an interior LED light and luggage rack on top. Removable liners are standard for the box and saddlebags.
The custom leather rear top box has an interior LED light and luggage rack on top. Removable liners are standard for the box and saddlebags.

Harley-Davidson representatives said this is the year for the BIG motor, BIG color, lots of chrome and more accommodations for passenger and rider. With custom leather dual controlled heated seats with adjustable backrests and many other features they weren't kidding.

Specs at a Glance
2007 Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Displacement: 1800cc
Seat Height: 28.1 inches
Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
Dry Weight: 859 pounds
Colors: Black Ice/Electric Orange, Light Candy Cherry/ Black Ice, Lightning Blue Pearl/Midnight Pearl
Price: $33,495, limited edition production of 4,100

WRN Recommendation
The 2007 CVO line is for the rider who wants something different not only in looks but also in performance. The increased engine torque and reduced vibration keep the look and feel that Harley-Davidson is known for. The average rider with good throttle control and balance should have no problem riding any of these bikes. Shorter riders may need to choose mid-mount controls for the Dyna and might not like looking through the windshield of the Ultra (as opposed to above it), but these are easy modifications. The large size of the Road King and Ultra should not discourage riders who have limited strength and/or size as long as they can handle the horsepower.  

Visit Harley-Davidson.com.

Diane Ortiz is an MSF instructor and is opening her own motorcycle school in New York soon. She is also a freelance journalist after spending 25 years as a journalist with New York's Newsday newspaper.

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