When the first FXS Low Rider reached the showroom floor in 1977, it quickly took over as the most popular Harley-Davidson model. The FXS was the factory’s first effort (under the defunct AMF name) to mimic the appearance of the popular home-job customizations. It was based on the FX Super Glide, a jumble of pieces from the big-frame FL and smaller XL (Sportster) models. This article is is your guide to the 2017 Harley Davidson Dyna.

As a result of this evolution, the FXS has moved from the original hard-mount frame to the rubber-mount FXR frame. This was done in the early 1980s and has been built on the new, hybrid Dyna frame since 1991. Fast forward to 2017, and you can see Harley working hard to develop and perfect the Low Rider. These newest iterations are undoubtedly the greatest ever.


The 2017 HARLEY DAVIDSON DYNA is offered in two trim levels:

  • Low Rider: Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103™
  • Low Rider S: Screamin’ Eagle® Air-cooled, Twin Cam 110™

Performance and Fuel Economy

We have three engines to deal with here: the 2015 and 2016 FXDL and the new-for-2016 FXDLS. All three mills have a similar appearance and follow the standard Big-Twin configuration that fans of the brand would remember; the variances are mostly inside. The air-cooled Twin-Cam 103 engine with a 3.87-inch bore and 4.374-inch stroke for a total capacity of 1,690 cc is standard on the ’15 model, which is also available as an option. This basic Twin-Cam produces a reasonable 98.8 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm and achieves a combined city/highway efficiency of 43 mpg.

Design, Comfort, and Quality

As usual, the Low Rider seems to reflect the spirit of Harley-Davidson design. Touches derived from custom culture are generously sprinkled throughout. With a 19-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch wheel in back, an asymmetrical wheel arrangement emphasizes the lowness of the slammed rear end, and blackout springs optically shrink the already short rear shocks to add an optical impact to the mix.

A sparse front fender resembles an ancient “bobber” fender in that it is cut down to a bare minimum. This provides minimal unsprung weight to the front tire while exposing it. The “normal” Low Riders seat comes with a tapered, mustang-style pillion, whereas the Low Rider S, which debuted in 2016, comes with a solo saddle. The rear fender of the “S” model has a bobber-style chop that, luckily, does not resemble the dreadfully disliked “boat tail” fender from years past, while the non-S model has a broader rear fender.

A Heavy Cruiser

The 2017 Harley Davidson Dyna is based on H-heavy D’s touring bike frame with a rectangular backbone, and circular tubing that creates the characteristic double-downtube, double-cradle skeleton, all in mild steel, as the “F” in the model designation implies. A steering-head angle of 30.5 degrees with a triple tree offset equals a total fork angle of 32 degrees, far into the customs territory, exactly like the original. This gives us 5.1 inches of trail for normal cruiser stability; wonderful in a straight line but a little sluggish in the turns.

Fat, 49 mm forks float the front end on 5.1 inches of travel at the axle and come with fixed parameters and no external modifications. However, we will say that while spacers to increase spring preload are still available, it’s not a quick and easy procedure and certainly not something you’d want to deal with more than once.


  • Height: 46.6 in
  • Length: 92.3 in
  • Width: 35.6 in

Engine type: Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103TM

Fuel Capacity / Gas Tank Size: 4.7 gal

2017 Harley Davidson Dyna

2017 HARLEY DAVIDSON DYNA Factory Service Manual

The service manuals for the 2017 HARLEY DAVIDSON DYNA are detailed and cover every motorcycle part. A Dyna Service Manual is an integral part of any service or repair and should cover:

  • Foreword
  • Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Chassis
  • Engine
  • Drive and Transmission
  • Fuel and Exhaust
  • Cooling System
  • Electrical
  • Wiring

HARLEY DAVIDSON repair manuals are intended for use by technicians and dealerships in the maintenance of motorcycles. Every maintenance or repair activity undertaken by a motorcycle owner should accompany a service manual. You can also purchase an owner manual online if it didn’t come with your motorcycle


The two trim levels of 2017 HARLEY DAVIDSON DYNA can be purchased at the prices listed below:

  • Low Rider: $14,749
  • Low Rider S: $17,499