Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

Harley-Davidson released the Sport Glide as part of its shift away from the Dyna platform in favor of the remade Softail frame. It is characterized by a pared-down Batwing fairing and stock, hard-side panniers. Power comes from a 107 cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight plant with electronic fuel injection to manage the fuel-air mix, but it’s the low-slung good looks that seal the deal.

2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
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The closest thing harley has to a sport-tourer

Harley-Davidson introduced the Sport Glide in 2018, an all-new Softail model that borrowed from the past while looking to the future. The detachable panniers and mini-fairing give it some (very) light touring capabilities, but it’s the 108 pounds of grunt from the Milwaukee-Eight engine that reveals its true nature as a power cruiser.

 

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2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

The closest thing harley has to a sport-tourer

Harley-Davidson introduced the Sport Glide in 2018, an all-new Softail model that borrowed from the past while looking to the future. The detachable panniers and mini-fairing give it some (very) light touring capabilities, but it’s the 108 pounds of grunt from the Milwaukee-Eight engine that reveals its true nature as a power cruiser.

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True to its name, the Sport Glide puts the “sport” in its cruiser/light touring categories with its lightweight front fairing that is really more of a glorified headlight housing than something that will provide much protection for the rider behind it. Blacked-out inverted fork stanchions join the drivetrain and frame with their monochromatic finish to boost its custom chops a bit.

The traditional Softail frame geometry mimics the lines of the old rigid frames, though the modern appointments preclude any possibility the Sport Glide had of passing off as an antique sled. It does, however, enjoy a pedigree of sorts as this bike is built as a nod to the old FXRT that served as Harley’s sporty tourbike. This new Softail frame is improved over the previous gen to be both more comfortable and more nimble than before. Since it’s a Softail, the seat height is much lower than the FXRT from which it takes its design inspiration and thus, is more comfortable and easier to handle with your feet down.