So those that know me, know I've got a soft spot for HD's, some more so than others. One of those is the FXR aka Superglide. History lesson: This particular model has a STACK of history around it, but a short version is as follows: After the pretty average AMF era of HD (yes, the bowling company owned HD...) HD became a privately owned company again in 1981. This is basically when HD pulled their finger out, and realised they needed to start making something decent to pull themselves out the (debt) hole, and that was to be the new engine platform, the Evolution. At the same time, they decided they needed something more than their normal cruiser/custom range, and needed a bike to mix it up with the Japanese bikes of the time, something lighter, sportier and all round better than their current offerings. That turned out to be the FXR. Using the guts of their new tourer, they basically wanted to transplant all of that running gear (5 speed box, rubber mounted engine etc) into something "sporty" (In the context of HD's of the time haha). "The Harley engineering team-which included a young road-racer named Erik Buell-quickly determined that the Tour Glide frame was not suited to the mission and instead designed an all-new frame that would hold the powertrain in the same elastomer tri-mounts. The frame had a more triangulated shape than that of the FXE Super Glide, and the rear shocks were set further back on the swingarm." Since the members of the design team had to create a new chassis anyway, they decided to create it in basically their own idea of a “performance” image. Obviously stiffer than before. What they ended up discovering was that the FXR frame was FIVE TIMES stiffer in torsion, which is where it counts, than the old FX/FL frame had been. Which made for better cornering and ultimately a much better ride than can be offered even within the Dyna family that is produced today.... "Instead of heavy castings, the FXR frame had a lot of welded stamped-steel parts. This was before the era of robotic welding, so it all had to be assembled by hand. It was expensive and difficult to manufacture." Funnily enough, and unbeknownst to me, this bike was HEAVILY favoured by the Hells Angels MC due to the performance and handling, something my old man mentioned a while back but I thought he was full of it, before I read Eric Buell's interview about his involvement. EB: There was a young group of engineers and test guys who actually rode a lot, so we made it a rider's bike. I remember being approached way back when by some Hells Angels, who thanked me for being part of building the FXR that finally had made a Harley a rider's bike again. It was definitely a different type of duty cycle than racing, but those guys rode hard and knew that the FXR was built for speed." As you can see below, the headstock is THICKKKK Below is a Kawasaki KZ (650) frame of the same era, you can see they basically copied the Japanese bikes of the time to get the frame stiffness, including the triangle shaped area under the seat... That triangle section proved to be the deal breaker for sales. Stuanch HD riders of the time where wayyyyy too opposed to the 'Jap' look and performance orientated bike, so sales weren't crash hot. They decided to introduce some new models that layed down the shocks, made it sit lower (FXLowRider) and generally just change it to cater for the traditional HD buyers... These models went from 82 to 94, and then they released some CVO versions in 2000+ with the same frame, but more bling. The bike FXR was replaced by the Dyna, introduced in 91. It was 100lbs heavier, had 2 engine mount points instead of 3, looked average and was generally worse in most ways haha. However it was MUCH cheaper and faster to make on the assembly line. My bike I was looking for AGESSS for a suitable model, however 1) There aren't a whole lot around, 2) Even less are for sale because most people hold onto them, and 3) Those that were for sale, where generally munted. massive wide front ends, billet flame mags, chopped and raked frames etc. It was a mess. Ended up getting a call from an ACT bloke after posting a WTB ad on Gumtree, he's a retired old school Harley builder in Canberra, who's favourite bike is FXR, and who was in the process of putting together an FXR from an imported frame. Took a little while for him to finish it off because I wanted a particular transmission (splined mainshaft instead of tapered) but the wait was worth it in the end. It's got everything I wanted, narrowglide front end (From an FXDX which had better internals), twin discs, the mags I wanted, splined mainshaft. The frame is an 82 frame, which is the best of the bunch, with an Evo engine instead of the original shovel. Its been completely rebuilt, the wiring's been completely redone to factory wiring loom specs, including proper shielding and proper Deutsch plugs (which cost a mint for what they are..) Plans: Ive put this in 'My bike' instead of 'Project' because technically I'm riding it around, however plans are as follows: New seat, probably an RSD job Highmount custom exhaust. 13-14in Ohlins or racetech piggy back rear shocks Emulators/valves in the front forks Adapt some later model 4 pot calipers to the front end. EV27 Cam Powdercoat frame, clean up engine, replace crusty looking mounts with the new ones that i've got. Find another circular airfilter like the original. Thats about it for now.