HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2017 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Proper bagger for touring in style
  • One of Harley's best-sellers
  • Great V-twin soundtrack

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £290
Power: 88 bhp
Seat height: Low (27.0 in / 685 mm)
Weight: High (829 lbs / 376 kg)

Prices

New £20,695
Used £15,800 - £19,000

Overall rating

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

The Harley-Davidson Street Glide is a definitive ‘bagger’, with panniers and Plexiglas screen. H-D’s best-selling model 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…

This bike replaced the 2010-2016 Harley-Davidson Street Glide.

During 2017 MCN ran a Harley-Davidson Street Glide on the long-term test fleet. We covered thousands of miles on it, learning about its comfort and also how easy it is to pick a bike of this size up off the floor. 

Ride quality & brakes

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

New for 2017 were ‘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.

The Harley-Davidson Street Glide specs show it's a big, comfortable, lazy cruiser

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.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide engine

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.

Our Harley-Davidson Street Glide owners' reviews show a happy buyer who wishes the screen was taller due to turbulence. 

Riding the Harley-Davidson Street Glide at speed

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 Harley-Davidson 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.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide clocks

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 £101
Annual service cost £290
New price £20,695
Used price £15,800 - £19,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

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

MCN Long term test reports

MCN Fleet: Hankering for a Harley

MCN Fleet: Hankering for a Harley

I’ve always had a soft spot for a Harley, so I was really excited to find out that I’d be testing a Street Glide.  The 2017 Street Glide is fitted with a Milwaukee-Eight, H-D’s first new big-twin engine for 18 years. I can’t really explain what it is I like about a Harley, maybe it’s that big chug o

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

3 owners have 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: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £290
5 out of 5 HARLEY DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE CVO. CAN'T BELIEVE I LOVE IT
12 September 2022 by Boscoe

Version: CVO

Year: 2020

I hate to give this bike 5 stars because like all machines it's not perfect. But the CVO version is damn near flawless - and, frankly, equipped with the stuff every Harley should sport coming from the factory - braided lines, functional on-board navigation, superb fit and fitness, nifty luxury touches including a place to store your cellphone out of the rain. This is a touring bike. It's big, it's heavy, but surprisingly fast. Naturally loves straightways, and enjoyes sweepers. But it's not very fond of hairpins or tight curves. When the sign reads 25 mph curve ahead, take it to heart - SLOW DOWN! A big part of the issue s the stock Dunlop tires. They don't feel grippy, hunt along rain grooves and the metal strips construction crews in the American West use in the concrete. Don't really inspire confidence, wet or dry in the curves. But the brakes are great with good feel, you can hear the stereo at 85 mph through a closed full-face WITH ear plugs, gets exceptional gas mileage and the 117 cubic inch engine is fast and quick - and not just for a Harley. It's plain stout. I had the 2018 version - 107 cubic inch Street Glide Special - before this ride. The CVO is a whole different beast and not quite worth every giant stack of pennies, but I'd probably buy it again. And as a note, I'm not a Harley fan boi, per se.. Currently have 11 different motorcycles - 53 in the last decade - and road race. I love all kinds of bikes. This one is very, very good.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

As noted, the stock Dunlop tires are too squirrelly for my taste. Have Pirelli Night Dragons on order. Dunlops wearing well, but not sticky enough. The suspension is good, not exceptional. Easy adjust on both ends. I never ride two-up. Would like a bit firmer springs and is another change I'm considering. No issue with the brakes. I trust them at all speeds. Traction control and cornering ABS are standard. Stops short with NO drama.

Engine 5 out of 5

Over the years, I've owned 103s, 107s a V-Rod and god knows what. The 117 is the best I've had. Torque, instant response, zero vibration anywhere - even in triple digits - and NO heat. Love it.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

In two years and two epic road trips, not a glitch or hitch. Starts every time, everything works. Paint is flawless. Saddle bags don't leak. Handle bar buttons all work and the heated grips kick tush. Chrome is very good. Not a sport of rust - though the bike is garaged, but not pampered.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

This bike with a $41,000 sticker price - you read that right - is $600-a-year less to insure than my 2019 Hayabusa. Harley's get good insurance rates in the USA.

Equipment 5 out of 5

This bike - a CVO - comes from the factory with everything and it's all top shelf. For this price tag, I'd like the electronic windscreen and suspension from my Beemer K1200GT. The fairing does a good job protecting you from the elements, but your feet get soaked.

Buying experience: Not applicable.

4 out of 5
31 July 2021 by PW

Version: 107 Anniversary

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £299

Long range comfort (with an adjustable riders back rest, heated grips, extended screen, leg fairings and side fairings being fitted) is probably its best strength, let down by suspension which really shouldn't be on a bike of this value. Fitting Ohlins suspension sorted that out, but shouldn't have been required in my opinion.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Having replaced the front cartridges and rear units with Ohlins, the ride quality is much better but shows up the frame for its deficiencies, Having said that it surprises folk more than it doesn't for its overall performance. The brakes are up to the task, especially the rear pedal which is a linked system and used more often than the front brake when cruising as it keeps the bike level and balanced when riding smoothly. The front brake feels spongy, but brings the bike which is of considerable weight to a halt without alarm. The ABS system is faultless.

Engine 5 out of 5

The M8 107 cu in is a great workhorse, oodles of torque and a matched power delivery to equal relaxed motorway cruising along with satisfactory acceleration, given its all up weight. Good economy all considered, (48mpg from new to date). Reliable with power where its needed, rather than the 114 which has more top end power and slightly at odds with its purpose.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

You cant fault the quality from the factory, especially the paintwork which is stunning quality. I've had no corrosion anywhere, although it has been protected from new. Nothing has broken, failed or given a hint of concern.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

This isn't a cheap bike to run or buy additional parts for.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Other than not having heated grips as standard on this bike (It now is on new 2021 models) its got a wealth of kit as standard which neither detracts or enhances the bike as a purchase, but is appreciated more when living with the bike. The standard Sound/Sat Nav/Media system is faultless and a great enhancement for long distances bar you have to create a ride on the Sat Nav in order to get your performance readout. It would be nice if the system actually gave you a readout after or during every ride.

Buying experience: Bought through M&P's Swansea Dealership, I can only say I would return without equivocation. The bike is serviced through their Cardiff dealership as its much closer. I would recommend the dealerships.

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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