With its batwing fairing and angular saddlebags, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide—its best-selling travel model in the United States easily carries an iconic image. Adjusted to 2014 as part of the project President Hill, including a high output double cam 103 with v-twin more torque when a redesigned batwing fighter fairing New Splitstream vent, hydraulic clutch, big fork, can be The reflex was selected with ABS brakes, dual halogen headlights, a new audio system, redesigned thighs, sign-on latches and ergonomic switches, fresh styling and more. In 2017, the double-cam 2017 replaces the air / oil-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107, like all bike tours, to get a brand new Showa suspension and a sliding clutch.
When we last tested the fully loaded Street Glide Special back in 2014 (Rider, February), we liked the 103’s torque output and quick off-the-line acceleration, the linked brakes, the various Project Rushmore improvements and, of course, the styling. But we said the rear suspension, which offers just 2.1 inches of travel, “beats you up on a bumpy road regardless of setting.” That test was done in winter; when we tested a Road King with the same air-cooled 103 during the heat of the summer (September 2016), the engine “roasted our legs.”
Unless your sharp eyes notice the new “rock and air” filter cover and the “Milwaukee-Eight 107” badge on the engine, you probably will not see much of a difference between the 2016 and 2017 versions if they stop side by side Slide down the street. In addition to the new colors, the new bike looks much like its predecessor. The same bodywork, wheels, compact seating position with luxurious seating and moderate reach bar, the same boom! The fairing behind the box is the 4.3 audio system. But fire up, the 2017 offset Milwaukee-Eight 107 with the mature idle, while the 2016 double cam 103 rebound in the frame like Mexican jump beans. Due to the increased torque of 107 in the entire speed range, the 2017 street glide is difficult to pull in the opening of all gear throttle valves. It runs smoothly running cooler; the engine heat has never been a problem even though idling traffic on a hot day.
With the heavy-bats winged fighter fairings forked, the bike gears always have more steering than frame-type three-point slows, such as road glide. The fairing is still heavy but the new Showa Fork is much lighter, which can reduce the weight of the unsprung and lighten the feel of the steering wheel. Not only that, the response of the new Showa Fork and rear impact greatly improves the handling of street gliding. While pausing the trip is unchanged, the new setting better absorbs the popularity, making everything feel smooth and controlled. Triple-disc brakes, 300mm rotor and 4-piston caliper, are powerful and optional settings with ABS is a big highlight.
That’s the major take-away from the new Street Glide as well as the rest of Harley’s 2017 Touring lineup. It started with Project Rushmore and has leaped forward with the Milwaukee-Eight and new Showa suspension. Well done.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Specs
Base Price: $20,999
Price as Tested: $22,294 (color, ABS)
Type: Air/oil-cooled, transverse,45-degree V-twin
Displacement: 1,746cc (107ci)
Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 111.1mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Valve Train: OHV, 4 valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: NA
Fuel Delivery: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Lubrication System: Dry sump,5.2-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated assist-and-slipper clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Charging Output: 625 watts max.
Battery: 12V 28AH
Frame: Tubular-steel double cradle w/ two-piece backbone, steel swingarm
Wheelbase: 64.0 in.
Rake/Trail: 26 degrees/6.8 in.
Seat Height: 27.0 in.
Suspension, Front: 49mm stanchions, no adj., 4.6-in. travel
Rear: Dual shocks, adj. preload w/ remote knob, 2.1-in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 300mm floating discs w/ opposed 4-piston calipers, fully linked & ABS (as tested)
Rear: Single 300mm fixed disc w/ opposed 4-piston caliper, fully linked & ABS (as tested)
Wheels, Front: Cast, 3.50 x 19 in.
Rear: Cast, 5.00 x 16 in.
Tires, Front: 130/60-B19
Wet Weight: 823 lbs. (as tested)
Load Capacity: 537 lbs. (as tested)
GVWR: 1,360 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gals., last 1.0 gal. warning light on
MPG: 91 PON min. (low/avg/high) 36.6/36.9/37.3
Estimated Range: 222 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 2,300