Ok I am a Harley master tech have been working on Harleys for over 20 years i have been riding for more then 30 years and my first Harley was a FXE custom with a wide glide front end and a 21 inch wheel and tire i have owned a 02 heritage and i liked it alot specialy after i stripped the saddle bags sissy bar off it but i think the main thing i liked about it was the widder 16 inch front wheel and tire it seemed to handle the road alot better so when i sold it and bought my next bike I wanted a glide being a Harley tech i ride them all and knew the dynas handled alot better and are far more nimble but i had my own ideas to improove it so i picked up an 05FXDI first thing i did was stripped the dyna front end off of it and fitted it with a fatboy front end complete with a 16 inch wheel and tire and detachable windshield then i put forward controls on it and next it was time for some performance upgrades i went with a 2 into 1 thunder header wrapped it up then added a high flow air cleaner and 203 cams and a DFO fuel optimyser the bike is still 88cubic inches and reliable as can be but it's pushing 84 horse and 89 footpounds of torque and you want to talk about handleing i can scrape my pegs in the corners when ever i feel the need it handles the twisted roads like a sport bike but it dont bother me a bit to load it up and put 500miles on it with out a pain anywhere you cant beat a dyna when it comes to handleing the road
Well let's see if I can get some of the old school airheads upset and throw out the vrsca(V-rod).
I have an 06 and do everything from daily commute to work to 14hr trip back from redwood run.
You do need to get rid of stock exhaust to make it sound respectable.
Why not both.. I like both ,I just got an 08 dyna, I have put lots of miles on it already. I like the rubber mount motor, the handling of the bike, and the look of the bike (it'll look even better when I get done F'n with it). The heritage is what it is a classic looking softail. Rides good, runs good, looks good. The both have their place.
I have an 02 FXDWG and an 05 FLSTCI. The Dyna I took cross-country in 02 and traveled 18,000 on it that summer and to Sturgis in 04. I wanted something a little more comfortable for long rides, but don't feel old enough for the Road Kings yet, so I bought an 05 Heritage Softail. Last year I took the Heritage to Rolling Thunder in DC and Sturgis. I love both bikes, but I have to say,I like the Heritage Softail for the long rides, but for day rides and bar hopping, I like the Dyna.
well... I have done 3300 miles from May 15-22 going to, riding around, and going home from myrtle beach and another 1400 miles this weekend for Rolling Thunder... all on my dyna... in bad weather and good; dark and lite... when/if me and that amazing bike part ways we won't owe each other anything... I hope you guys are thinkin the same about whatever you are ridin... I don't think I'm much of a biker... but I sure do like to ride... and that dyna is right up my alley... oh ya.
Definatly DYNA....I do not like the way the softails handle going into corners...I have yet to feel like my 2000 WideGlide was going to bury the nose into the pavement like I did test driving a 2006 Springer....
I also own a standard (00' FXST), I'm in the process of acquiring a Heritage (also a Softail). I've ridden both the Softail and the Dyna, "to me" the Dyna seemed to have a tad more vibration, especially at low speeds. I didn't care for the way it shook like a Chihuahua just out of the bath while sitting. But in all fairness, the Softails do handle funny in corners if you're not used to it, due to the way the shocks are setup. It was a tough choice when I was looking for a new bike. I was down to either the Dyna Wide Glide, or the Softtail Standard.
I don't know if it's still the case, but at the time, I also found that their were more custom goodies available for Softails than Dynas when I was looking at customize options.
I would have been elated with either, but what swayed me in the end was that the guy with the Dyna decided he couldn't part with it, and the guy with the Softail wanted a fishing boat so bad he made me a deal I just couldn't pass. Both are great bikes!