HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2017 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £280
Power: 88 bhp
Seat height: Low (27.0 in / 685 mm)
Weight: High (829 lbs / 376 kg)

Prices

New £20,695
Used £16,000 - £20,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Definitive ‘bagger’, with panniers and Plexiglas screen and Harley’s best-selling model to boot, gets what Harley call a major upgrade for 2017 with the introduction of the all-new, partially oil-cooled and four-valve ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ motor along with some subtle suspension tweaks. It’s a welcome improvement and will no doubt keep the Harley faithful happy but non-devotees will struggle to notice much of a difference. Still probably THE Harley to have, though…

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Also new for 2017 are ‘big piston’ Showa forks which are claimed to deliver improved damping with both rear shocks now adjustable via a single knob on the left-hand unit. The result, again, is not radically different, but definitely more refined, assuredly plush, seemingly in control and pleasingly more easily adjustable than ever – but don’t expect a big difference.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Now badged the ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ Harley’s traditional 45º V-twin is bigger (1745cc from 1690cc) and gets new heads featuring four-valves and either oil (as here) or liquid (on the full dressers) cooling. Torque is up a claimed 11%, power is boosted and it’s also smoother and more economical. It is punchier, smoother and better sounding, but not by as much as you might expect.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The design may be conservative and some of the engineering slightly, er, rustic (although now it’s much better than most realise) but the quality in terms of thick chrome and beautiful paint etc is as good as ever. With the new engine there has to be a slight question mark over reliability, but we’ve no reason otherwise to anticipate any concerns.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Harley ownership never comes cheap and with prices starting at over £20K  – or over £1000 more than the old Street Glide – that’s certainly not changed here. On a positive note, however, running costs are more affordable, the economy of the new engine is claimed to be improved and residual values are the envy of the whole motorcycle industry so what goes around comes around…

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Apart from the suspension and engine, the rest of the Street Glide is unchanged. That said, most of it was completely overhauled under the Project Rushmore revisions to Harley’s touring range in 2014 and all of it – new bodywork, uprated Brembo brakes and suspension, LED lights, and, on some models, Harley’s impressive, new touchscreen ‘Infotainment’ system – was, despite only subtly changed styling which gives an impression of status quo, a genuinely big leap forward, and the same is true now.

Specs

Engine size 1745cc
Engine type 45º pushrod V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 22.7 litres
Seat height 685mm
Bike weight 376kg
Front suspension Showa big piston forks, no adjust.
Rear suspension Twin rear shocks adjustable for preload.
Front brake Twin discs with four-piston Brembo calipers. ABS
Rear brake Single disc with twin-piston Brembo caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 130/60 x 19
Rear tyre size 180/65 x 16

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £280
New price £20,695
Used price £16,000 - £20,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 111 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

2017: New Milwaukee-Eight’ powered version introduced

Other versions

CVO special

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One of my big criticisms about the Street Glide was the tyres. In the dry they were fine and if I wanted to do thousands of miles, I’m sure they’d have managed it but in the rain they were pants. The torque of that big twin meant that once it started spitting, the rear tyre would light up at a mere

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Owners' reviews for the HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2017 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2017 - 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 (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £280
4 out of 5 A marmite bike for some, but its my keeper.
10 April 2020 by harleyboy

Version: Standard Street Glide

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £279

Its almost necessary to change the screen to prevent as much turbulence as possible from the short standard 5" screen. Screens should be optional when a bike costs this much.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Brakes are very good and cross linked front to rear. Suspension is adequate but really could be better on a bike this expensive.

Engine 5 out of 5

Grunt, lots of lovely relaxing grunt. Perfect for touring.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Fabulously over engineered, finish is top drawer, I find it incredibly comfortable being able to do large mileages without any aches or pains. Nothing has broken, rusted or shown signs of early wear.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Its annoying you empty your wallet even more when you purchase the bike as the accessories are overpriced, over taxed on arrival in the UK and of course the dreaded VAT over the counter......£Ouch. However the bike does come with a good standard of equipment, everything works well and its reasonably thought out bar the separate indicators.....Left is Ok, but right can be a right royal pain being your throttle control as well.

Buying experience: Purchased from our local H-D dealer in Swansea - Top class experience and would recommend anyone to do likewise.

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