Biggest strength? Torque!
Plenty of upgrades over the TC96 make a big difference with the TC103, including extra bore, a higher compression ratio (from 9.2:1 to 9.6:1), and revised injection maps and camshafts. Power jumped three horsepower to 75, while torque gained six pounds-feet to 101 at 3,500 rpm. You can feel it at just 2,000 rpm, though, which comes in handy for getting out of tough spots, even with a passenger and luggage on board.
Only complaint? Fuel consumption quickly increases when flirting with higher revs. After all, that's not what the TC103 is intended for. It's more about delivering big-bore thrills at a relaxed pace and filling your ears with the delightful sounds of the 2-into-1 exhaust. Therein lies all the beauty and fun of the 2012 Dyna Switchback.
|Only complaint? Fuel consumption quickly increases when flirting with higher revs. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/Moto123.com)
The Cruise Drive transmission's six gears are nicely calibrated for this engine and allow you to fully exploit the massive torque while limiting shifts. The latest improvements result in a more user-friendly gearbox and clutch – a perfect blend of smooth and solid.
In terms of equipment, the Switchback's lockable windshield and saddlebags can both be quickly installed and removed without using tools. Harley-Davidson has designed a simple yet brilliant rubber mount system to help switch the new Dyna from a light tourer during the day to a stylish cruiser at night.
Endless fun with all the comfort you need
From downtown to the open road, this Harley impressively showcases its skills as an all-around bike. Despite a slammed profile, the short-travel suspension offers progressive rebound and soaks up bumps and small potholes with surprising ease. Of course, it's no mobile couch, but the Dyna Switchback fares pretty well, enough not to complain about the sad state of our road network.
Riding for hours is conceivable thanks to an upright seating position with the handlebars and footboards not too far away. Plus, the rider's seat is beautifully padded and sculpted. So, notwithstanding the bike's modest range, you can spend more time between fill-ups.
|Riding for hours is conceivable thanks to an upright seating position with the handlebars and footboards not too far away. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/Moto123.com)