All-new Softail frame is not just more rigid, it’s lighter and more simple, too, for example now featuring just one hidden monoshock at the rear. The suspension is decent, too – fat, 43mm inverted forks at the front similar to those on the sporty, new Fat Bob with a useful remote preload adjuster at the rear. Ride isn’t exactly lush – it’s too sporty firm for that – but it’s fine for the job.
Like all the new 2018 Softails, the Sport Glide uses the new four-valve, partially oil-cooled ‘Milwaukee Eight’ 107ci V-twin, as introduced in its 2017 touring range, with a new oil cooler subtly positioned between the downtubes. It’s a significant improvement, punchy, torquey yet just as characteristically Harley as ever. Unfortunately, however, the 114ci version offered on some Softails isn’t offered here.
In truth it’s probably a little too early to be certain, given the new chassis, engine, detailing and more. Even so, a few things are known: the uprated 107ci ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ engine, albeit slightly tweaked, has now been around for a year in Harley’s touring range with no complaint. The chassis, too, has much to commend it and quality and detailing is improved all round, so we’ve nothing to be concerned about.
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It’s a classic, big twin Harley cruiser with detachable accessories – mini ‘Batwing’ screen plus neat hard panniers – that enable it to be quickly converted into a tourer – so it’s got some good stuff, but nowhere near as much as the ‘proper’, full –dress tourers. Even so, cruise control is welcome, as is ABS, but that’s about your lot.