2006 Dyna Street Bobber
Dyna Street Bobber
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2006 Dyna Street Bobber
by Kirk Johnson Sept 2005
What is a Bobber?
Soldiers returning home from WW II seemed dissatisfied with the
motorcycles that were available at the time. The soldiers started
to hang out with their motorcycle friends and groups to exchange
ideas and soon decided that their motorcycles needed changes.
they either removed or shortened (bobbed) the fenders on their bikes.
This reduced the weight and made the bikes look better in their
eyes. They removed or chopped off unnecessary components from the
bike. Who needs a windshield, front fenders, big headlights, crash
bars, big seats, etc? Chop them off and make the bike lighter.
bikes began to be called Bobbers.
Changes kept occurring but it wasn't until the late 60s and early
70s that the Bobbers gave way to the choppers.
new 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bobber
Bobber is back and is as bad as ever. This is the bike that is affordable
and is made for the rebel in you.
it is EPA compliant and street legal and manufactured by Harley-Davidson.
So it is not the same stripped down bike that existed years ago.
In fact the Bobber that I tested had quite a few upgrades included.
The style and feeling that was so much apart of the 60s & 70s
is what Harley is trying to capture.
the new 2006 Dyna's are fuel injected and have the new 6-speed Cruise
Drive™ Transmission. Harley-Davidson says the Cruise Drive
is a completely new design, using helical gears that mesh more quietly
than the straight-cut gears previously used.
Bobber comes stock with mid controls, ape
handlebars and a rubber
mounted black powder-coated, polished Twin Cam88®
new frame, Fat Bob fuel tank and a solo seat.
that it does not even have passenger pegs, windshield, or as much
chrome as most of the Harley's. Two up seating, windshield and pegs
and much more chrome is optional though.
of the upgrades
that were on the demo bike that I rode included standard chrome
upgrades like switch housing covers to Bullet lens and hand and
foot controls. Plus they replaced the center controls with forward
controls and put on a bigger rear tire. The stock tire is a 160,
rear tire is a 180.
Street Bobber, as tested and pictured, priced out with a $14,495.00
sticker price, plus upgrades of $2,989.53
(includes labor) brings the total to $17,484.53. That price does
not include tax, license and prep charges.
this Bobber for a good ride up to Bartlett Lake and back. It only
had 5 miles on it when it was given to me. I returned it with
over 70 miles on the odometer. It was a fun ride, but nothing
to get real excited about. This is a bike that has a heart and
soul that has to be found with the person that wants this profile.
of the first things that I noticed was the clutch action.
was reduced clutch lever effort. The ball-and-ramp mechanism and
clutch diaphragm spring have been redesigned alone with a teflon
cable; Harley-Davidson claims a 35 percent reduction in clutch
lever effort on all 2006 Dyna models. I found this quite refreshing.
the ride up and back to the lake I never really needed the 6th
gear. Most of the speeds were under 60 mph. The first 5 gears
were all that were needed. Although, I really wanted to take advantage
of the sixth gear to see what it was like. I found that under
60mph the bike was to sluggish for the tall gear. Not having a
tach, I could not tell you or recommend shift points. I did notice
that when down shifting I some times over revved the engine to
match the speed. This was because the ratios were closer together.
I don't see this as an advantage for a bike like this. Now if
it had a narrow HP band and you wanted to take advantage of the
peak HP then this would be an advantage. But not for this bike.
getting it warmed up, I was able to push it a little bit. I was
pleasantly surprised at the acceleration that it had. Mind you
it is not a turbo or a rocket bike at all, but it was very refreshing
to feel it's spunkiness. Don't have a clue on the et - that is
not what this bike was build for. It was as stock as you can get
with stock exhaust.
one of the first thing that I would want to do to this Bobber
is upgrade to a stage
1 kit. But, with the new 02
in the exhaust pipe this could be a problem. No one currently
has come up with an alternative exhaust system yet. The only thing
that you can do is add Screamin Eagle slip-on's. From what I have
been told the 02 Sensors help with monitoring the exhaust and
adjusting the injection system for better performance and exhaust
bike handled great all the way up to the lake and back. To me
the suspension seemed a little soft and at one time I had a funny
oscillation with the front of the bike going up and down and the
rear suspension was doing the same thing but at a different speed.
It felt like I was on two different bikes at the same time. Not
sure what that was all about, just felt weird, it never happened
bike rode great on all of the curves at the lake and was fun to
be with. Surprising fun to ride even with the ape hangers and
the forward controls. I kept wanting to find the none existent
center controls. But this being a Bobber with mini ape hangers,
the forward controls seem to be just what this bikes needs for
the right profile.
on the way back to Hacienda Harley-Davidson I turned west on the
101 to find out what the sixth gear was all about. Not a lot of
difference. I did notice that when going 60-70 and shifting into
no. 6 the bike was a little more quiet. Yes it was a little more
sluggish, but not bad. I don't know how many times I wish I had
a sixth gear on my bike. As long as you are over 60mph the 6th
gear is quite nice. I am sure one would find this a welcome addition
on any cross country riding that you might do.
to Ronnie at Hacienda, the sixth gear is still 1 to 1 and is not
any higher. I am not sure, I can only tell you what it felt like.
Ronnie said the the six speed is just a close ratio gear box.
There is no doubt that it is a closer ration gear box, but the
6th gear seemed taller to me. They could do that with different
pulley gearing too; don't know.
this is a great bike. Big advantages, 6 gears, smooth gear box,
easy clutch action and great looks from the past with all of the
technologies of today. Obviously it is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
and there are a lot of new designed parts for this bike - it is
not so new that there has to be a couple of years to work out
any bugs. If you want to share the ride, you will have to upgrade
the seat and get pegs. If you want more then just slip-on mufflers,
you will have to wait until someone finds an upgrade path taking
into consideration the 02 sensors.