2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
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This is one of the large Touring model Harley-Davidsons that appeals to the more sporting individuals that like to ride a full sized Dresser motorcycle.
The Street Glide has a slammed (lowered) rear suspension, dispenses with the Tour Pack and excess chrome and sets its sights on the long lonesome highway while maintaining enough hot rod spunk to blast around the local metro area going to work and running errands. If you would compare the Street Glide to anything, it is probably the closest to a stripped car with no frills but high performance engine, like the original muscle cars. The blacked out aluminum wheels and low profile 18" front wheel are a nice touch.
I'm always on the lookout for a nice motorcycle so I keep checking the sources to see what's available. The Harley Street Glide has been made for a number of years and it is attractive to some of the shorter individuals who want to ride one of the big Hogs.
The seat height is lower by a couple of inches than the normal Electra Glides and Road Kings. That lowering is accomplished by shorter shock travel so that is a minus from a ride and handling standpoint. More and more women are riding their own motorcycles today so the Street Glide and the Softail Deluxe and Heritage models have a lot of popularity from the distaff set.
The cargo capacity is less than the other Electra Glide derived models because the Tour Pack that usually rides above the rear wheel of most of them is not included. The bike has a pair of key lockable hard Fiberglas saddlebags that match the paint job of the rest of the metal work. The locks work with the bike's ignition key so the same key turns it on, locks the steering, and locks the luggage.
The distinctive bat wing fairing with full instrumentation is included and the dual rear view mirrors are integrated into the fairing rather than projecting from the handlebars like on the other Electra Glides. The rear fender is redesigned and includes ground effects and covers the gap between the saddle bags with body color panels. The rear fender has three lines of fender lights and LED license plate illumination as well. The bike has rider footboards for the operator and similar design pegs for the passenger so it is basically set up for solo. If you plan on carrying a passenger much you probably will want to add larger footboards, seat, and backrest for comfort.
Instrumentation includes Harmon Kardon 40-watt, two-speaker Advanced Audio System wCD/MP3 player; electronic speedometer; tachometer; fuel; voltage; oil pressure, and ambient temperature gauges. There is a cigarette lighter outlet to charge your cell phones and other accessories or turn on a nav system if you bring one along.
The Street Glide is powered by the rubber mounted Twin Cam 96 with ESPFI - Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection for better performance and fuel economy. The torquey motor is mated up to a 6 speed Cruise Drive transmission with a newly designed helical 5th gear to eliminate transmission noise that was evident to some on earlier models of the Harley 6 speed. The 6 gallon tank provides fuel to the motor which gets EPA estimated 54 mpg Highway. The tank fills through a single cap under the push button actuated lid where the speedometer sits on lesser models. Exhaust is routed to the rear with a two into one header that exits through a single muffler on the right side.
As in all Touring models, the Street Glide has the redesigned frame and suspension that makes the platform more rigid and tractable and the wider rear tire and improved exhaust header that passes the heat to the rear more efficiently than the older ones did. This also gives the passenger less hot pipes to look out for. Brembo disk brakes, dual front and single rear, are included and ABS is available. Cruise control is also available as an option.
The Street Glide fires up with ease by turning on the main switch and the kill button on the right handle grip. The fuel injection makes the motor much more tractable and you can ride off quite soon after it fires up, the ESPFI controlling the engine enrichment for cold running. If you are used to operating a carbureted bike, you will notice the difference in ride ability right off. Operating the bike at low speed in a parking area gives a feeling for the controls and it handles well and the mirrors are looking over my shoulders so I head for the driveway to ease out onto the public roads.
The bike accelerates with nary a stutter due to the excellent fuel injection these newer Harley's have. In city traffic I stay in the gears 4 and below and the bike will run all day because 4th is equivalent to top gear in the bikes a few years back. Fifth gear and 6th gear get the rpms of the motor down close to the wheel rpms so you need to be going above 50 mph to take advantage of the higher gears, otherwise you will be downshifting too much to keep the rpms up for maneuverability if you are in traffic.
The bike accelerates up through the gears and on the Interstate it keeps pace with the traffic and has plenty of passing power. In Atlanta we are allowed to ride in the car pool lanes so that makes it ideal to ride motorcycles across town and going to work is a joy on a bike. All too soon the test ride is over and I reluctantly bring the big Hog back to Granite Mountain. I had little idea I was soon to find my next Harley, but that will be another chapter in my ongoing tale of my love affair with American iron.
See you on the highway!
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Amount Paid (US$): 19,000