Years sold: 7 (1999-2005)
MSRP new: $12,999 (1999) to $14,880 (2005)
Blue Book retail value: $6565 (1999) to $9065 (2005)
Basic specs: 1999 was the first year for Harley’s Twin Cam engine, an 88-cubic-inch (1450cc), ohv, 45-degree V-Twin that made 60.3 hp at 3400 rpm on the CW dyno, with 73.0 ft.-lb. of torque at 3600. That was good for 13.67 seconds and 95.64 mph in the quarter-mile and a top speed of 108 mph.
Why it won: The FXDX broke new ground for The Motor Company by providing the traditional H-D Big Twin cruiser style, sound and sensory experience in a chassis that handled well enough to be true fun on the backroads. Longer, higher-quality suspension than on the other Dynas blessed the Sport with more cornering clearance and better chassis control, and dual-disc front brakes provided capable stopping power.
From the 1999 Ten Best story: “Really, any H-D model with the new engine is worthy of this award; we picked the FXDX because it’s the sportiest.”
Useful resources: Type “Harley-Davidson FXDX” into your web browser and you’ll come up with literally thousands of sites devoted not just to Harleys in general but to this specific model. You name it—tests, photos, videos, wallpapers, parts, accessories, tech info, recalls, even forums just for the FXDX—it’s all there and more. And while used Harleys in years past usually commanded prices close to new-model retail, they’ve come down to Earth in recent times, making a “previously owned” genuine H-D more affordable.