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Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

Harley-Davidson takes its stoplight-burnin’ Street Glide up a notch with a “Special” version that packs even more fandanglery on board. It rocks the same outward appearance with a solid bagger-tastic vibe created by the Batwing fairing and stock, color-matched hard bags. Blackout paint replaces most of the chrome in half of the color packages with only a few bright accents remaining here and there, but the other half rocks lots of bling. The most important upgrade is found in the engine. H-D shoehorns in its next bigger Milwaukee-Eight with a total of 114 cubic-inches to fall in the middle of the current Big Twin range for even better performance than its sibling.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Generations:

2019 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

2019 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
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The Hot-Rod Bagger Is Hotter Than Ever

Harley-Davidson revamped its Street Glide Special yet again for the 2019 model year in an effort to keep it “special.” First, the factory stuffed the largest non-CVO engine into the frame. Then it boosted the infotainment potential with the new Boom! Box GTS system. Color choices span the spectrum so there should be something for everyone on the palette.

 

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2019 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

2019 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

The Hot-Rod Bagger Is Hotter Than Ever

Harley-Davidson revamped its Street Glide Special yet again for the 2019 model year in an effort to keep it “special.” First, the factory stuffed the largest non-CVO engine into the frame. Then it boosted the infotainment potential with the new Boom! Box GTS system. Color choices span the spectrum so there should be something for everyone on the palette.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide / Street Glide Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide / Street Glide Special

Touring With Less Vibration And More Power

Harley-Davidson showed the Softail lineup a lot of love this year (and the Dyna family none at all), but its increasingly popular Street Glide expanded its family tree to include the custom blackout Street Glide Special, which sees quite a few updates for 2018, and the 115th Anniversary Edition that pays homage to its long history. The Milwaukee-Eight powerplant makes its sophomore appearance in the touring lineup with 111 pound-feet o’ grunt and vibrations that are easy on both ear and rear. New body details, features and paint schemes abound across the board as Harley focuses on refining its fork-mount fairing baggers as part of its new market strategy. So without further ado, let’s jump right on in and get to it, shall we?

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street Glide stable.

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide - Street Glide Special

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide - Street Glide Special

Same Look Outside, But Major Changes Inside

Harley-Davidson updates its popular Street Glide family for MY17 with a few much-needed tweaks that make it as suitable for the superslab as it is for the boulevard. The earlier generation suffered from lack of power, uninspired suspension and a definite heat-to-rider transfer problem to boot. Harley addressed these problems to make the Street Glide into the bike it always should have been. Dual Bending Valve Forks and rear emulsion shocks take care of the suspension problems, while the Milwaukee-Eight engine brings 6.7 additional pounds of torque to help it push that front fairing into the wind comfortably at highway speeds and above. Adjustments made to manage the heat problem results in a whole new animal in the bagger stable. So, let’s check out the new models and try to act like we’re seeing the family for the first time, because in a way we are.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street Glide and Street Glide Special.

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2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Street Glide / Street Glide Special

2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Street Glide / Street Glide Special

Harley-Davidson calls it a “stripped-down bagger.” I prefer to think of it as half-a-bagger or a boulevard bruiser because of the trade off between storage space and low, mean good looks.

Whatever you call it, the Street Glide Special — one of Harley’s Project Rushmore bikes — is a compromise between carrying capacity and vanity, and I mean that in the best possible way. It retains the capacity of the big side bags and the comfort of the front fairing, so this ride can serve as a bar hopper, grocery getter or open-road tourer right off the lot.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street Glide and Street Glide Special.

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Homegrown performance and aesthetic customization tend to go hand in hand, and the Street Glide Special has both in spades. The Batwing fairing is now shorter along the bottom to improve penetration, and up top, a short smoked windshield does its bit along those lines, as well. The tank console is smoother looking with a low profile construction that eliminates the large fuel door in favor of a more traditional screw-in cap off to the side.

Infotainment comes standard, but the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems bundle is still considered optional equipment so far. This is subject to change in the foreseeable future I expect, but for now this is the way it is. The M8 114 brings 118 pound-feet of torque to the table, up from 111 pounds o’ grunt from the M8 107, to give it an even better holeshot with something to give when you roll-on just about anywhere in the rev range. Technically it’s in the tourbike family, but this model is definitely meant to be more of a boulevard bruiser that a highway bike proper.