The motor also had three mounting points, instead of two, which decreased the amount of engine vibration transmitted to the rider. The FXR also featured a 5-speed transmission, instead of 4. On top of that, the FXRT model came with hard bags and a front fairing. Translation: you could absolutely CRUSH miles on this thing. It’s no wonder why the FXR was so popular with outlaw bikers during the 90’s and continues to carry the same type of clout today.

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  • Sayyed Bashir

    Brent, finally someone who likes, appreciates and owns Harleys! Too bad you are not a regular reviewer / contributor to MO.
    I have two favorite Harleys: My 2007 Softail Custom:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9067feccc0030a85148f52591c896b87885649e40e1befc6b61153d867426f2.jpg
    And the 2010 CVO Fat Bob (for its custom paint job):
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/df85eea1eddf721f1405f76bccaef1a12d461d8578769e9e25f28ae2ee37fb9a.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81b5b69d9896f2164cae4b96f38a0a31bcb984b53f408a08d8c0969256f7eccb.jpg

    • Brent actually is a regular contributor…. he’s MO’s new Associate Editor and this is his first published story.

      WELCOME BRENT!

      • Sayyed Bashir

        It is good of you to hire somebody who understands Harleys. It was irritating to read reviews week after week from sportbike enthusiasts complaining about lack of rear suspension travel and lean angle (which most Harley riders don’t care about) while ignoring the things that prospective Harley buyers want to know about. This is a golden time to be reviewing Harleys with all the new models coming out, and adding a Harley specialist at this crucial time will hopefully introduce a whole new generation to Harleys.

        • Brent Jaswinski

          Sayyed, I appreciate your feedback. I’ve got orange blood coursing through my veins! My dad and uncles have been chopping and riding Harleys since the 70’s.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            I thought by orange blood you meant KTM. I ride a 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R as well as a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S. I love all my bikes.

          • Brent Jaswinski

            Ah, good point. I’ve never had a KTM but wouldn’t mind having a 300 XC-W or 350 SX-F, but that’s a whole other topic…

          • Sayyed Bashir

            I am trying to decide between a 250 EXC-F and a 350 EXC-F.

  • Born to Ride

    Was this a paid ad?

    • TheMarvelous1310

      Right, because that’s the only way someone could like TEN Harleys, right?

      PROTIP: If there’s no new products involved, it’s not an ad.

  • spiff

    Okay, you did right with the XR and th S1 (tubed Buells are coolest), but no Bad Boy? I rode a Bad Boy, and suddenly the bumper sticker “If I have to explain you won’t understand” made total sense. I’m not a Harley guy, but that bike was badass.

    • TheMarvelous1310

      I just looked that up and OH MY GOD IT’S NASTY! That’s an old Harley I’d own, but I can’t imagine anyone trying to sell one.

      But maybe if I put a springer fork on the new Fat Bob…

  • SRMark

    I agree with 10, 9, 7, 5. I’d add the XR1200 if you could put a steel tank on it. My top pick is 2009 Road King. But the T-sport and FXRT a very close.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    Suddenly I keep trying to imagine a Shortster with hard bags and a 21-inch front tire. Something’s wrong with me.

    If I could pick any of these, I’d have to have either the T-sport so I could ride to work(from Cleveland all up and down the East Coast, Midwest, and as far west as Wisconsin) in style with my stuff, or the Panhead for still being so good-looking.

  • David Kraft

    The 1974 HD 440 model was the best one ever made!

    • AermacchiMan

      Guess your referring to the snowmobile that also used a Italian made Aermacchi 2-stroke motor?

  • AermacchiMan

    FYI!…The ’73-’75 X90 WAS NOT known as a Shortster, The Shortster was only available in 1972 and the model designation was MC65 and was only 65cc’s and had a completely different engine design although did have a chassis very similar to the X90 models!, But neither the X90 or MC65 WAS NOT street legal!, However the 1973-1975 Z90 which had the same engine as the ’73-’75 X90 WAS street legal!, however it had a totally different larger frame design and larger spoked wheels and full steet ighting and a battery and looked like a scaled down street bike!
    I have been collecting, racing, modifying and restoring these 2-stroke Aermacchi/HD’s for over 45 years and own every model and year with many multiples and with over 80 of them in my collection!…And know them like the back of my hand!
    And where is the highly collectable 1978 MX250 Motocrosser in this list?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Wow! You should open a museum. It would be worth a visit.

  • Fabian

    Y2K 2000 Sportster Custom but in the works to turn it into a Sport. I must say that for a 17 yo bike, it still looks like new and is absolutely fashionable (the only problem I have is that each time it rains, the little button screws that hold the switches housing rust. They cost a bundle). I’ll keep it as long as I can lift my leg over the saddle, another 10 years I suppose. Maybe more if I work out well. The only way I may trade it is for the electric Harley or a very good Kawasaki Z900 replica.

    • Gruf Rude

      I’ll bet you could source stainless steel replacement screws from McMaster-Carr, THE hardware emporium on the internet.

      • Fabian

        Thanks, I’ll try that.

        • therr850

          My local hardware store stocks stainless steel screws in SAE and metric thread. Just a little more convenient than mail order.

  • Gruf Rude

    My favorite Harley was my uncle Cecil’s blue and cream 1952 HydraGlyde, on which I got my first motorcycle ride at age 4 and which hooked me on bikes from that day forward!

  • Max Wellian
    • Sayyed Bashir

      I thought all Sportsters have the exhaust on the right side.

      • Max Wellian

        This is an ’83 XR1000. They still fetch a pretty penny if you can find one.

  • michael folk

    i am still riding my 1973 superglide bought it new but my v-rod is the finest motorcycle harley ever built it is fast with class and almost maintance free uses no oil between changes not a drop .it is a road bike and ridden every day rain or shine

    • Sayyed Bashir

      I am glad you like it. Too bad not enough Harley riders bought it.

    • Don Berry

      1973 1200 kick start was my favorite bike ever.

  • Patriot159

    The XR1200 was pretty cool.

  • schizuki

    Some really, really excellent choices here, especially #10 (my personal fave). Well done.

    I’d swap the White Lightning for a Firebolt, the X90 for an XLCR and the Fat Boy for a WLA. Other than that, you’re my brother from another mother.

  • Harold O’Brien

    My favorite Harley is an 01 Nightrain, the one I’m going to be riding in about 15 minutes.

  • ADB

    XLCR. The only Davidson ever made with a correct seating position….
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6326f00f35bbe01be730ebd02c039431c66ee25ae43c9d671af6e19ed1501ab4.jpg

  • Charlotte

    Fatboy is cool. Sportster I like. Shovelhead is very cool. XR750 very cool. Great in dirt.

  • pcontiman

    Good Stuff Maynard….and yes, it doesn’t get much cooler than an early 2000’s wide glide. If Steve McQueen was taller, that’s what he would have rode.