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HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORT GLIDE (2018-on) Review

Published: 21 February 2018

As a practical, comfortable and versatile Hog, the Sport ticks most boxes

HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORT GLIDE  (2018-on)

As a practical, comfortable and versatile Hog, the Sport ticks most boxes

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

All of Harley’s fully revamped 2018 Softails are a big step up from before, nopt least due to the all-new chassis, but also for improved engines, style and quality – but the Sport Glide, simply due to its versatility, style and value, is without doubt one of the better ones. A do-it-all Harley at a decent price? You bet.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Harley-Davidsons don't come cheap but for a Big Twin Hog you get a lot for you money, especially considering alternatives such as the Heritage Classic, Road King or even Street Glide can be as much at 50% more expensive.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £14,995
Used price -
Warranty term Two year
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 86 bhp
Max torque 107 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 1745cc
Engine type Air/oil-cooled, 8v, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 18.9 litres
Seat height 680mm
Bike weight 317kg
Front suspension 43mm, inverted forks no adjust
Rear suspension Single rear shock, remote preload adjust
Front brake 300mm disc with four-piston caliper
Rear brake 292mm single disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 180/70 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

2018: Model introduced

Other versions

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