2019 HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORT GLIDE®
IF YOU’RE GOING TO ROAM, ROAM HARD
Devour endless miles of highway. Lean hard through twisting roads. Hit the night spots. Adventure is yours for the taking on the Sport Glide®
|Engine Capacity (rounded)||1745cc|
|Engine Details||Milwaukee-Eight® 107|
|Fuel System||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Transmission type||6-Speed Cruise Drive®|
|Exhaust type||2-into-1; catalyst in muffler|
|Electronic Features||High beam, turn signals, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, cruise, ABS, security, low battery voltage, low fuel|
|Tyres description||Front: Michelin® Scorcher® "31" Rear: Michelin® Scorcher® "31"|
|Front Tyre||130/70B18 63H BW|
|Rear Tyre||180/70B16 77H BW|
|Rear Brake type||2-piston floating|
|Fuel Capacity||18.9 l|
|Weight (dry)||304 kg|
|Weight (full fuel & fluids)||317 kg|
|Wheelbase (mm)||1625 mm|
|Length (mm)||2325 mm|
|Seat Height (mm)||680 mm unladen|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||120 mm|
|Riding Position||Sit Down|
|MPN||Does not apply|
1 customer reviews
‘call it a tourer, we dare you’By Rod - motorweb.ws February 23, 2019
I've ridden a few of the new Harleys now and was curious to see how this new Sports Glide compared to models like the Fat Bob
The low slung (680mm) seat means regular-sized blokes like me can throw a leg over without putting a milk crate down first. The smooth panniers sacrifice a little capacity but don’t intrude on the lines of the bike, keeping the visuals neat. The quick release lever lets you pull them off in a flash along with the front fairing if you want to go naked in a hurry.
The minimalist fairing looks pretty ineffective but is surprisingly functional. It won’t stop the breeze when you open up the throttle, but it does reduce the aggressive buffeting found on naked bikes and I could even wear my peaked open face helmet without too much discomfort at legal speeds.
We’ve talked about the new engine a lot and this Milwaukee-Eight® 107 loves the highways and backroads equally. The effortless torque is always there, even down to around 2000 rpm, and it’s no issue to pull out of the sharp hairpins. Leaning the bike over is not quite ‘sport bike’ easy, but the forward footrests and 120mm ground clearance give you extra leeway. You’ll drag your heels before the pegs hit the tarmac.
I wouldn’t want to carry a pillion all day without installing the optional backrest, but you can make the ride easier for both of you by dialling up the suspension thanks to the handy externally adjustable shocker found on several Softail models.
The H-D tagline ‘call it a tourer, we dare you’ has some merit because, while it tours easily, it does handle with surprising nimbleness for what is still a big 300+ kg machine. Big (4-piston fixed front and 2-piston floating rear) ABS brakes make sure things come to stop quickly too.
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