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Can A 26-Year-Old Bike Be The Best-Handling Harley-Davidson Ever?

Hot Bike Logo By Ed Subias of Hot Bike | Slide 1 of 7: This 1992 FXRS Low Rider Convertible was left untouched since it left the showroom.

The Harley-Davidson FXR platform has an almost magical reputation among the most seasoned Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. Quite simply it is touted as the best-handling Big Twin ever and has a cult-like following. I have ridden more than my fair share of FXRs over the years and all have handled downright fantastic. But all these machines have been highly modified and customized.

I had yet to experience the FXR handling prowess in its purest form. I had never ridden a bone-stock FXR as The Motor Company had designed and intended. Finding a 25-to-30-year-old motorcycle of any brand and model in a completely stock state is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. For a Harley-Davidson it’s damn near impossible.

Well all that changed a few weeks ago when my good friend Andrew Huerta offered to let me ride his pristine 1992 FXRS Low Rider Convertible in the local foothills. Andrew had acquired the bike off the original owner after a divorce. There is a lesson to be learned here but I won’t get into that, haha. Except for a few fresh sets of tires over the years, that original owner had left it unmodified since rolling it off the showroom floor in 1992. I was in for a two-wheeled treat! Right off the bat I felt at home as I sat down and got behind the bars.

The ergonomics were just about perfect. Much to my surprise the layout felt more welcoming to me than most of the modern bikes I have ridden in the last handful of years. Everything felt “just right.” Peg to bar distance, seat to peg distance, peg position—they all felt comfortably appropriate. While the buckhorn handlebars looked like wrist crampers and kind of goofy, they actually felt pretty good once in motion and finessing the bike around town and in the local canyons.

© Ed Subias

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