Joshua McDonald’s Switchback Super Glide

Josh McDonald’s Dyna has seen a lot of action in its transformation from Harley Switchback to performance Super Glide. But for as much as he loves wheelies on it, what he loves most is the fact that he rode it across the USA to see his dad; the guy who raised him around Harley-Davidson iron. Not only that, letting his father ride the bike was also huge for Josh. “Version 2.5 is in memory of him,” Josh told us.

Before there was Super Glide, There was Switchback

He bought the bike in December of 2011. It started out as a 2012 Switchback: “I am an active duty Navy Seabee,” Josh says. “I was stationed in Sicily and bought it from the new car sales on the base. It was shipped from Milwaukee and I have the certificate of origin from Switzerland.”

Custom Super Glide

For as cool as that is, he enjoyed an opportunity most of us have to go really far away to have. Like, across an ocean far away. In 2012 Josh and few friends rode from Sicily up the Amalfi Coast to Rome for the 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary party. But it would be a few years before he’d be able to go long distance again like that. In 2017 he finally rode her home from Ventura, California to North Carolina to see his dad. He did long rides on the way (800 to 1000 miles a day) to get home quickly.

Josh, his dad, and Josh’s friends took a few rides in North Carolina while he was there. For as much fun as they all had, Josh hit a snag on the return trip: “When I started coming back across the USA I lost a day of riding due to 60 to 80 mph winds across the Texas Panhandle. The next day I woke up and said, ‘I’m getting back to Ventura today,’ so I rode 1160 mi back in one day.” Incidentally, he also logged 29k miles in the saddle that year.

Custom Super Glide

The downside (if you can really call it that) being that Josh was kinda tired of the Switchback look. That’s when he decided to change over to the Super Glide.

Super Glide V1.0

The first incarnation of the customized bike was a mild warm-up compared to what you see now, though. “So I bought an off color front and rear fender set, Mid Glide trees, 49mm forks, and a 13 spoke wheels,” Josh says. He also swapped over to 510 Mackie cams with a tuner. It was all good until May of 2019. That’s when Josh blew a piston in San Diego.

Custom Super Glide

“That’s all she wrote till I lost my dad on Christmas Eve and I knew his love for Harleys. This new build is my tribute to him. I did the build myself I ordered parts from my garage in Ventura and worked with Miller Speed Co. As you can tell from the shots (and the specs below), V2.0 is a very different animal. But if Josh McDonald logged Iron Butt mileage on the stocker, just imagine how much fun he has on THIS version.


Owner-Joshua T McDonald

Year/Make/Model- 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback

Build Time-  3 months


Year- 2020

Type-Size- Jims Machine 120ci  

Builder- Jims Machine       

Cases- Jims Machine         

Cylinders- Jims Machine               

Heads- Jims Machine         

Rocker Boxes- Jims Machine

Cams- Jims Machine          

Throttle Body-  HPI   

Air Cleaner- HPI

EFI Controller- HPI

Exhaust- HPI  


Year- 2020

Type-   Baker Grudge Box

Gears-  6         

Clutch-  Barnett Scorpion      

Primary Drive- Barnett


Year/Type- 2012 Dyna

Rake/Stretch- stock



Make- Legend Suspension

Length- stock 

Springs-  Legend Suspension

Triple Trees- Shamano            

Swingarm- stock        

Rear Shock- Legend Suspension

Length- 13.5-inch 


Front Wheel

Builder/Size- Harley 19-inch

Tire Brand/Size- Dunlop k591           

Brake Calipers-  Harley 

Brake Rotors-  Galfer USA

Rear Wheel-

Builder/Size-  Harley 16-inch

Tire Brand/Size- Dunlop k591 150/80/b16

Brake Caliper- Harley  

Brake Rotor-  Galfer

Sprocket- S&S Cycle


Risers- LA Choppers 

Handlebars-     LA Choppers

Mirrors- Drag Specialties

Hand Controls- Stock

Throttle Tube- Barnett

Foot Controls- FLO   

Pegs- FLO

Taillight- Moons MC

License Mount- Drag Specialties           

Crash Bar-  RWD

Seat-  Saddleman

Sissy Bar- Harley

Sissy Bar Pad- Harley 

Fairing- Krator

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