HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORT GLIDE (2018 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Air/oil-cooled, 8v, V-twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||18.9 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£250|
|Used price||£13,000 - £14,300|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||86 bhp|
|Max torque||107 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
2018: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORT GLIDE (2018 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORT GLIDE (2018 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Version: Flsb 107
Annual servicing cost: £250
Best harley I've ever ridden
No need for power upgrades
All functions inc cruise control
Its hard to find something you don't like. but to be perfectly honest if you were very tall I could see the size of the bike being on the small side, I am 5'4'' and fit perfectly on it, I didn't like the street bob as it felt cramped.
Breaks are being run in, they work, but don't have the bite my VRSCR brembo brakes do.
Engine is nice, very smooth and responsive.
Had a leaking push rod, but its the first time I have heard anyone mention any engine leaks on the new M8 Engines, so mine must of been a one off. Harley was very quick to inspect and fix.
Seem's to be a little thirsty, but I am running in the engine and not taking it for long rides.
Luggage boxes and screen is easy to get off if you want and do the job well.
Buying experience: Dealer was good and looked after me, to be honest I was going to buy a street bob and get saddle bags and after market screen until the dealer showed me the Sport glide and when I added things up it made sense to buy the Sport glide, much nicer riding position.