Classic Harley Davidson FXR Super Glide II Review Aug 11, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

For classic motorcycle enthusiasts, the Harley Davidson FXR Super Glide II is a popular choice. The Super Glide was actually the very first custom motorcycle made in a factory, and it began the FX motorcycle series. All Super Glides began with a chassis of a big-twin motorcycle and the front end of a Sportster model. This gave the Super Glide a slick style with a firm and responsive chassis. The FX models debuted 1971, and the FXR Super Glide II arrived in 1982.

Introducing the FXR Super Glide II

When the FXR Super Glide II first arrived, it was sold in addition to the FX models of the time. To create the chassis, Harley Davidson began with that of the FLT Tour Glide. They swapped out some components, giving it lighter frame tubes along with a steering head that featured a more conventional design to appeal to a larger crowd. It came with an engine that was rubber-mounted as well as a 5-speed transmission. This was in contrast to the 4-speed transmission and solid mounting of the other FX models. Even then, drivers appreciated the additional option.  The Shovelhead engine had 80 cubic inches of displacement and is found on the first few models year. In 1984, it got swapped for a 1,340-cubic-inch Evolution V-twin engine, which most drivers prefer. If you are interested in Belt Drive, opt for a 1985 model or later.

Adding More Models

Following the success of the FXR Super Glide II, Harley Davidson expanded the lineup. They added the FXRS Low Glide, which combined the features of the FXSB Low Ride and the FXR. Then, in 1983, they added the FXRT Sport Glide, which built on the familiar Super Glide from 1982 but added saddlebags along with fairing. When the other motorcycles based off the FX were discontinued, Harley Davidson renamed the FXR Super Glide II, simply calling it the FXR Super Glide. Because of this, be on the lookout for models bearing that name as well. At this same time, the FXRS Low Glide changed its name to the FXRS Low Rider.

Why Classic Collectors Want It

The FXR was one of the key models that helped show just how serious Harley Davidson was about the motorcycle industry in the era of post-AMF models. At the time, the base FXR Super Glide II had better handling than the competition while costing about the same. The other versions made it even more appealing. Those interested in classics will also appreciate that you can find plenty of aftermarket support, helping you maintain your model. Compared to other models of the time, the FXR had a more compact feeling with excellent ergonomics and manageable power, making it popular.

If you are in search of a Harley Davidson FXR Super Glide II, you will notice that it was produced between 1982 and 1994. When it was first released, a new model cost $6,999, and by 1994, it was $10,274. Today, the blue book retail value is between $5,250 and $5,500. 


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