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HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE (2017-on) Review

Published: 17 October 2016

Updated: 17 October 2016

It’s a welcome improvement and will no doubt keep the Harley faithful happy

HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE  (2017-on)

It’s a welcome improvement and will no doubt keep the Harley faithful happy

Overall Rating 4 out of 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 4 out of 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 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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…

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

Equipment 4 out of 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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £20,695
Used price £19,000 to £30,000
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 111 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
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

History & Versions

Model history

2017: New Milwaukee-Eight’ powered version introduced

Other versions

CVO special

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