Harley Davidson FXR FXLR Low Rider Motorcycle Review Video
What do you think about this video?
Charles Miller: I love my H.D. I have a Dyna 2004, you’r doing a great job, You go Bro.
hoohoohoblin: @ElectraWillem Thanks. I hope it helps people learn the practical reasons for buying a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. I commuted 43,000 miles on a Sportster and got 55 mpg and just changed the oil and adjusted the primary chain, then sold it for $1,500 less than I bought it for new.
That’s cheap transportation.
hoohoohoblin: If I had to give up my FXLR, I’d be shopping for a Dyna Super Glide Sport or Dyna T-Sport. They’re great, comfortable bikes that can go around corners.
hoohoohoblin: @420rust1d Welcome to the club. It’s a really functional daily driver and looks pretty good too.
ChuckTurner: really a pleasure to see a rider who can handle basic maintenance of his vehicle. Plus i love the fact that it is broken in. ALL the europeans who ride BMW or Triumph or Ducati or Japanese – they love to talk reliability – BUT not one person I know with a Harley built since the IPO has ever had a problem with their bike.
hoohoohoblin: @fireworkstube They’re reliable beasts, so there isn’t too much to look at. Make sure you test drive it at freeway speed to see if the rubber engine mounts are worn out. It should be pretty smooth when you rev it up.
I paid $4,800 for mine on eBay in 2008 in California, but I think they’re selling for more than that now. 40K miles is pretty low, and it should be good for another 60 if the person took care of it. Make sure you adjust the primary chain and change all fluids if you buy it.
fireworkstube: @hoohoohoblin Hi, what sportster did you have? I’ve been looking into getting a sportster in the future but I can’t find any real world information. I’d like to go to work, and cruise on weekends.
What were your experiences with your sportster?
hoohoohoblin: @fireworkstube I had a 1996 Sportster 883. I commuted 43,000 miles on it. It got 55 mpg. You never have to adjust the valves, so maintenance is cheap.
I didn’t like the excessive vibration on the freeway. In 2004 Harley-Davidson rubber-mounted the Sportster engine to reduce vibration. I’d recommend looking for a 2004 or later model. If you want to be more sporty, Buell motorcycles have Sportster engines and are cheap now.
See my Sportster at hoohoohoblin dotcom.
hoohoohoblin: The FXR frame is really sturdy, with the big triangle of tubing keeping it from flexing. And it uses 3 rubber engine mounts on the engine, which makes it really smooth on the highway. The Dyna frame is designed to show off more of the engine and look slimmer, and also to be cheaper and faster to manufacture. It uses 2 rubber engine mounts, and vibrates more than an FXR.
That being said, the Dyna is a solid design that looks great and works well.
BeccyWall: lovely video and channel, thanks!
hoohoohoblin: You can definitely get more power out of the engine. Punch it out to 120 cubic inches and it will get down the road pretty quick.
sithlordvyd: I have ridden dynas and touring bikes, never an FXR, theyre supposed to handle the best. I like the EVO. carb. theres one for sale around here says 5k on the add bike is a 90 with 12k miles, i may take a look at it. I have a BMW R100RT whcih I did alot of maintenance work to, always wanted a harley. FXRs dont weigh as much either. a guy I know has a shovel FXR, chin spoiler on it. its this really cool metallic dark purple color, yeah bikes. theyre like crack cocaine to me lol
hoohoohoblin: The FXR definitely uses 3 mounts. I would guess that a custom FXR style frame would be built the same, but I’m not sure.
Slade Holtry: My Dad rode an FXRT for years! I picked up an 88 FXRP about 7 years ago and haven’t regretted it for a sec! The only reason for a straight road is to get you to the next corner.
FXR’S take’em beautifully.
hoohoohoblin: @9jmorrison It really is a great all-around motorcycle. Some people have told me it’s the best Harley-Davidson motorcycle ever made when they see me on it. It always starts up and gets me where I’m going. It’s comfortable on long rides and very low maintenance.
The rubber engine mounts absorb all or the vibration at highway speeds. Prices have come down quite a bit in the last few years. I paid $4,800 for it in 2008.
Ken Hildebrand: I have owned a 91 FXRS-Con for 5 years now. Very happy with it. Light and fast. Nimble like a sportster but with 80 inches. Customized it this summer as a bagger.
Handling like a sportster but strong and looks of a Dresser.
hoohoohoblin: You’re welcome.
fireworkstube: Looking at a possible 1991 FXRs. Anything to look? It’s got progressive rear shocks, possibly a/c, and drag pipes. Also, has 40Kms on it which seems seriously low!
stirlingshire: I enjoy your videos. I have owned a 1989 fxrs-sp for the past ten years and the only things that have had to be replaced or repaired are the tires and the voltage regulator( oil and filter, of course)and I believe one battery. The weight of these bikes is worth noting. Considerably lighter than Harley’s current line up of big twins and only a few pounds heavier than the newer sportsters.
I believe the pre 1990 models also have more horse power than post ’90 models due to tightening emissions.
Charles Miller: You did a great job about HD I have a 2004 Dyna, You go Bro.
knuckles and bones: what kind of carb is original on the fxr?
saltwaterwop: Enjoying all of your videos. I just inherited a 2000 883 Sportster Hugger from my father in law. I took it out for the first ride today after getting it maintained and checked out since it sat for a year and a half idle in a garage.
Loved it, it runs great and it’s going to be a great first bike for me as a new rider at 48 yrs old..
gbounit: I have a 1987 FLHS. I wanted to see the engine and got good info on the walkaround you did, particularly the 3 motor mounts. I wanted to check mine to ensure they are OK and tightened properly.
I had broken my crossover pipe twice in a couple months and the motor mount was my suspicion. until I found I was using a hose clamp to secure my pipe to the bracket hardmounted to the frame. I guess I should have been using that solid metal clamp I also have securing each muffler!
hoohoohoblin: @gonebajongas Harley did a great job with the Softtail motorcycles when they put in an engine that doesn’t vibrate. It’s good to hear from Harley riders who use their bikes as real-world transportation. Harleys are reliable, efficient, and comfortable in addition to the other reasons people love them.
Pootshaak OÜ: Cool video! Tanks alot!
lodevc: thanks for the review! I’ve been riding KTM Adventures for a while but always dreamed of a Harley, I wasn’t sure about their reliability but your video convinced me