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HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2010-on) Review

Published: 29 April 2010

Updated: 21 November 2014

Definitive 'Bagger' – a cruiser with luggage and weather protection – has become hugely popular and spun off a whole new biking genre

Har;ey-Davidson Street Glide

Definitive 'Bagger' – a cruiser with luggage and weather protection – has become hugely popular and spun off a whole new biking genre

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Street Glide tries hard to bridge the gap between full-on tourer and custom street bike. The bike is based on Harley’s spine frame touring chassis but is ‘slammed’ for a low mean look. The twin cam 96 cubic inch (1584cc) engine hauls the bike briskly to a comfortable 80mph cruising speed with just the right amount of vibes. As with all the air-cooled Harley engines, they may not be fast but they sure are tractable.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Considering its size, the ‘bat-wing’ handlebar mounted fairing does a remarkable job of protecting you from the breeze and below 80mph you can hear the stereo clearly. The ride is good considering the slammed suspension. New for 2010 is an 18inch front wheel and dual compound tyres. 

Engine 3 out of 5

The rubber mounted Twin Cam engine packs enough punch to swiftly haul rider and pillion up to an 80mph cruising speed. The motor offers instant torque from walking pace and once underway the gear lever is largely an accessory. It may be an old-fashioned push-rod style motor but fuel injection and electronic throttle control to squeeze maximum driveabilty from the 1584cc lump. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Harleys are meant to polished not punished. The acres of chrome and paint won’t take well to a British winter but in recent years they’ve taken huge steps to improve the durability of the finish.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

You might not get the performance and handling that you do from an equivalent European or Japanese cruiser but to many people the Harley kudos overcomes all. Find a Harley-Davidson Street Glide for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The four speaker Harmon Kardon 40 watt audio system works well and can be heard up to 80mph, though switching between radio and CD is frustratingly difficult. The hard Nylon panniers aren’t exactly the most convenient shape being long and thin but they are deep. Like all Harleys, the seat is thick, wide and will stay comfy mile-after-mile. Compare and buy parts for the Street Glide in the MCN Shop.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £18,295
Used price £16,000 to £22,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £350
Performance
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 93 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 23 mpg
Tank range 217 miles
Specification
Engine size 1584cc
Engine type 2v push rod 45° Twin cam V-twin, Fuel injection, 6 gears, belt final drive
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 22.7 litres
Seat height 715mm
Bike weight 368kg
Front suspension Non adjustable
Rear suspension Preload only
Front brake 300mm twin discs, four piston calipers
Rear brake 292mm single disc, two piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/80x18
Rear tyre size 180/65x16

History & Versions

Model history

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Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2010-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.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2010-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great bike, crap quality

11 May 2019 by Jim Johnston

My favourite bike ever, marred by poor build quality. In 2016 I did the R66 on an Ultra, loved it and when I got back I sold my piece of s**t R1200GS, trading it for my Harley. The M8 engine and weight loss are a huge improvement over the outgoing model, and the bike is very practical, attention-getting and emotional. The brakes work as brakes should, it accelerates, cruises and tours brilliantly, and the toys keep me entertained.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
OK, I can see the sportsbike jocks and journos spitting out their cornflakes, but the you have to judge this as a cruiser, not a sportsbike. The engine and brakes are fabulous, the brakes especially so given how much weight it is hauling up. I don't hang around and love to throw it round country lanes and fast A-roads, and it is laugh out loud fun. The ride is smooth and 1000-mile-a-day comfortable and any long tour is a joy.
Engine
5 out of 5
For what it is designed for, the engine is brilliant.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
For a bike costing £23k, the build quality is shocking. The best bit is Harley don't give a stuff, calling my rotting forks 'road damage', a universal get out clause worthy of a Russian contract. You really cannot take these things out in the rain, despite the fact the weather protection is brilliant. I have done 10,000 miles so it is well tested, but those miles have come at a price. Was going to change this year, but refuse to give such a no-s**t giving company any of my hard earned. In the bike world, the worst experience for looking after customers.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Expensive bikes with few deals, and s**t build quality means value is not good. Servicing every 5000 miles which is low by modern standards, but considering they can only be ridden on nice days, makes this an annual event. Servicing is OK, but parts and extras are very expensive, and like the bikes, poor quality.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Sat Nav, iPod connectivity, radio, cruise control, the list goes on. Loses a star because there is evidence of cost cutting, which on a bike this expensive is shameful, but consistent with Harley.
Buying experience

Excellent as you would expect. Harley dealers know their stuff, are very accommodating when it comes to test rides, and my trade in was good.

2 out of 5

A brilliant bike turns into a nightmare

13 August 2018 by Philip Conroy

This bike is great to ride especially long distance,(its what its designed for) The infotainment system is great but the headset and the way it connects is potentially dangerous. It uses almost as much coolant as it does petrol! I wouldn`t recommend this brand to anyone. That`s the polite answer!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent bike to ride for both rider and pillion over long distance. Cornering is remarkably good considering size you just have to adjust your lines. Brakes are very responsive and have good feedback. An ideal tour bike can easily ride comfortably for several hours. Breaks are through choice not necessity.
Engine
1 out of 5
I`ve only given 1 because mine uses almost as much coolant as it does fuel in comparison.That aside apart from the heat off the engine it`s a good responsive engine comfortable at cruising speed.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
The supplied headset lead plugs into the front fairing which means when riding it slaps against the petrol tank and is visibly distracting as well as potentially being in conflict with the handlebars.Blemishes appeared in the paintwork on the petrol tank within 5 months. On first tour used entire coolant reservoir capacity within 1000 miles( 4 days) problem persists despite two attempts by dealership to rectify.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
I've given 4 because if it ran properly and I didn't need to carry copious amount of coolant with me it would be a brilliant bike. Running costs are about average.
Equipment
3 out of 5
This bike has got everything you need except the infotainment system is accessed via a supplied headset which plugs into a multi-point connector on the fairing. This means the cable running from your crash helmet headset to the fairing connector swings about slapping against the petrol tank. This not only is very distracting but there is the potential for it to interfere with the left handlebar when cornering.
Buying experience

Bought from new, what a nightmare a sign of things to come! Chose colour and extras six months in advance of delivery date only to be told by dealership two months before delivery colour chosen not available. Had to fight to get colour ordered.

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