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n 2006 the Harley-Davidson Mo- for a while and we're going to give it pipes are a nice touch and I like the tor Company introduced a new the HOT BIKE treatment. Stay tuned to two-into-two design and the aesthetic motorcycle to its lineup, the Dyna figure out just what that means. of the mufflers. Simple. Harley finished

Street Bob (FXDB). It was obvious The '09 Street Bob features a vibra- the powerplant's fins on the cylinders that the bare bones motorcycle was tion isolated 96ci Twin Cam engine with and heads in black, and stuffed them targeted for the next-step-up Sportster a 3.75-inch bore and 4.38-inch stroke between polished rocker box covers enthusiast who wanted a big twin, but with a 9.2:1 compression ratio. Off the and silver powdercoated cases-as may not have the funds for a Softail or line, the rear wheel spins with ease, and opposed to the more blacked-out

Road King model. But, it was also tar- making the bike accelerate through the drivetrain from 2006-for a contrasting geted to those who wanted something gears are the six-speed Cruise Drive appearance. The trans and primary have other than a flashy cruiser loaded with transmission, chain-driven primary drive, also been powdercoated silver, which chrome and a dynamic paint scheme. nine-plate wet clutch, and 32/66 teeth definitely makes the primary and trans

As part of Harley's Dark Custom lineup final drive belt. The power off the line stand out, but the cylinders and heads the Street Bob is definitely not flashy. is noticeable, but doesn't necessarily seem somewhat hidden by the trans,

And sometimes (most of the time in throw you back in your seat; however, primary, and engine cases. To round out my case), less is more. Well, the Street it still gives you the confidence to pass the contrasting look Harley could have

Bob has done quite well since being those big rigs on the two-laners with coated the primary cover black. I think launched, and luckily for us, the MoCo no problems. The new Straight Cut it's a little too much with the primary, has kept it around. We have the Bob Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust trans and engine cases all silver. The

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heads and cylinders seem to disappear. I really liked the color of the '06 drivetrain better.

All the Dynas come with a new silver-faced speedometer that features a fuel range readout, which alerts you to when it's time to refuel via the new fuel sender. This is a very nice feature since I always forget to reset the tripmeter

As for the rear section of the bike, Harley bobbed the fender even more than years past and sitting atop is a Sparto-style LED taillight, which works well with the new stop/tail/turn incandescent rear turn signals to create a circular trio of light. The front fender has been snugged up to the front wheel/ tire combo to give it a lower profile. Overall, the Street Bob is a comfort

able motorcycle. I will say though that the stock solo saddle is pretty flat and doesn't hold my fat bum in place too well on quick launches. Maybe Harley could add a bit more curvature in the rear section of the seat pan. I notice that I have to put more pressure on the mid controls to help keep me in position, which causes my hip-flexors to cramp a bit. It's not unbearable but it can be uncomfortable nonetheless, but still easy to fix. However, after a while at cruising speeds, I feel fine. The mini-ape hangers keep my posture straight without feeling awkward. Plus, my arms haven't gotten tired after logging some pretty long trips on the Bob. I rock a set of apes on my personal bike, so it's just a matter of preference. The Bob is great for long iM ixy._i_

trips and around town cruising. They just need to swap out the seat.

The 29-degree front fork setup features polished billet aluminum 49mm fork tubes that fit nicely between the polished billet triple clamps. The recoil on the dual-rate fork springs work well in conjunction with the coil-over shocks in the rear, the bike glides down the

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