Harley-Davidson Sport Glide: Agility and performance for cruisers, tourers, commuters

  • Press Release
  • Nov 08, 2017

MILWAUKEE, WI - The new Harley-Davidson Sport Glide is factory-custom cruiser outfitted with a detachable fairing and saddlebags ideally suited for touring, cruising or commuting.

The Sport Glide is offered in three solid colors: Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Silver Fortune, with a starting MSRP of $18,599.

The ninth model based on the new Softail platform, the Sport Glide presents a combination of technology and style, Harley-Davidson said in its new model announcement this week. “Designed to be lightweight and stiff, the new Softail chassis delivers agility and performance that will exceed the expectations of the most demanding cruiser riders, while the rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin powertrain pumps out a mountain of torque for outstanding acceleration and passing power.”

“The Sport Glide offers the thrilling dynamic capability of the new Softail platform with features that make it suited for both commuting and light touring,” said Dave Latz, senior product planning manager at Harley-Davidson. “Its factory-custom design speaks to modern performance and contemporary style.”

The new fairing is shaped to deflect wind away from the rider’s chest while leaving the rider’s head in a clean stream of air. The fairing is secured to the fork tubes with quick-release clamps.

“The Sport Glide presents the broad influence of Harley-Davidson design in a very contemporary way,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson vice president of Styling & Design. “In the new fairing, for example, you can see the influence of the iconic batwing fairing from Harley Touring models, but it’s been trimmed back to create a more compact, sporty shape.”

Riders can exchange the standard 1.5-inch-high windshield for a 5.5-inch Light Smoke Windshield available separately.

The new lockable, rigid saddlebags feature a sleek clam-shell design. “The bags are easy to load and unload, and can be opened with one hand by a seated rider. A damping device allows the saddlebag lids to open smoothly. The bags can be removed in seconds with an internal quick-release mechanism, leaving behind mounting points that are barely visible. Combined saddlebag capacity is 1.9 cubic feet,” the company stated.

Additional luggage capacity can be added with an accessory sissy bar upright, a luggage rack or a Tour-Pak mounting rack, each with the new HoldFast Detachable latch system designed for the new Softail platform. Like the Sport Glide saddlebags and fairing, HoldFast accessories can be installed, or removed to strip the bike back down to its essential cruiser form.

A broad saddle sets the Sport Glide’s seat height at just 25.7 inches, with forward-mounted foot controls contributing to a rider triangle designed to fit a broad range of riders, H-D added. The Daymaker LED headlamp is surrounded by a ring of LED signature lighting and complements bright LED tail/brake lamp and LED rear turn signals. A USB charging port, keyless ignition and Smart Security System are standard.

The Sport Glide features the new Softail mono-shock rear suspension with remote hydraulic pre-load adjustment, controlled with an exposed knob below the right side cover, to make it easy to accommodate the weight of luggage or a passenger while maintaining optimal suspension performance, H-D continued. "New 43mm inverted forks stiffen the front end and feature a single-cartridge damping system to keep the front wheel stable over changing road conditions for precise handling, a controlled ride and confident braking performance, which is further enhanced by the standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The Sport Glide rolls on new Mantis cast-aluminum wheels, 18-inch front and 16-inch rear, shod with Michelin Scorcher 31 performance tires."

“The Sport Glide project offered us a unique opportunity to utilize a directional wheel, the first of its style to come out of the Harley-Davidson factory on a non-CVO model,” said Richards. “The spokes sweep from the hub to the rim to create a sense of motion even when the Sport Glide is parked. The look of motion is reinforced with the shape of the fairing and the saddlebags, and even the slash-cut exhaust tips.”

Additional features include:

  • A blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 107 powertrain
  • Dual counter-balancers tuned to eliminate primary vibration at idle while permitting some engine character to reach the rider at speed
  • The engine rigid-mounted in the frame, which stiffens the chassis and connects the rider more directly to the powertrain
  • Precision oil cooling around the hottest areas of the cylinder heads for rider and passenger comfort.
  • The 2-into-1 exhaust with a sweeping rear header and a black muffler
  • Electronic throttle control enabling standard electronic cruise control

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