2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST
Complete with a little Screamin’ Eagle® Factory championship winning racebike attitudeby TJ Hinton, on
Harley-Davidson cultivates the “performance bagger” build within its Grand American Touring ranks with its new-for-2022 Road Glide ST. This is the fixed-fairing sibling of the Street Glide ST, and it rocks much of the same yummygoodness with the powerful Milwaukee-Eight 117 to push it all down the road. Infotainment and luggage come stock, but the factory holds its cornering-sensitive rider aids in reserve as part of the optional gear package.
2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST
2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST Design
- ALL LED lighting including dual Daymaker headlights
- 6.5-inch color TFT display
- New solo seat
- Screamin’ Eagle® Factory championship winning race-bike attitude
It's a sleek performance bagger with the attitude of the Screamin’ Eagle® Factory championship winning race bike.
Credit where it’s due, Harley-Davidson recently made moves to become more competitive in the modern market, and the new Road Glide ST (FLTRXST) model is a good example of where the MoCo is headed. Like the rest of the FL frame-family proper, this machine is at the heavier end of the spectrum with plenty of visual weight to go along with the actual weight that tops out at 842-pounds soaking wet.
Custom vibes abound, starting with the cut-down front fender that is well short of the typical full fender we see on many of the bigger machines. There’s no shortage of blackout paint either, which covers all but the sheet metal and chrome pushrod tubes.
Dual Daymaker LED headlights split the night with authority for effective, two-way visibility, and of course, the blinkers are diodes as well so you can be confident that the surrounding traffic is able to discern your intentions. While the front turn signals are well out of harm’s way, I can’t help but think it would be a more finished look if the blinkers were integrated with the mirrors or at least recessed in that Sharknose fairing. Wink, nudge H-D.
The smoked windscreen is non-adjustable, and cut quite low for more custom yummygoodness. Plus, the factory gave it a generous Splitstream vent to smooth out the turbulence up top that leads to the wearisome head-buffet effect. Around behind the screen is a quartet of round analog gauges that are backed up by a 6.5-inch color TFT display that handles the Boom! Box GTS audio system with two fairing-mount speakers and hidden radio antenna, complete with real-time GPS and weather support so you’ll never have to stop to ask for directions or get caught out in the soup.
The six-gallon fuel tank bears a vestigial console, but since the speedo is mounted elsewhere, it has been relegated to serving as just another piece of trim. Not so with the abbreviated engine guards, they still serve their traditional purpose while adding more to the custom vibe.
A deep-bucket solo seat cradles the pilot with enough rise in back to stay contained, even with the power and acceleration this bike brings to the table. The solo seat leaves the rear fender looking clean, and the hard-side saddlebags are reduced in depth to reinforce that look and leave the 2-into-1 exhaust well visible on the right side. More piercing LEDs in the taillight and rear turn signals ensure that you are well visible to the traffic behind you.
2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST Chassis
- Showa Dual Bending Valve forks
- ABS and linked brakes
- Rock solid stability
- Optional Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements
As usual, the factory went with mild steel components for the box-backbone main frame and yoke-style swingarm on the Road Glide ST. The layout is also typical with tubular-steel members that make up the double-downtube/double-cradle assembly that fully supports the drivetrain rather than using it as a stressed member.
Fat front forks are made to look fatter yet by the beercan fork skirts that hide the 49 mm inner fork tubes, and the factory went with Showa’s Dual Bending Valve forks for a superior ride to that of plain vanilla forks. That ain’t as good as adjustable forks, so there’s room for improvement to be sure, but it’s better than nothing I reckon.
Cast-aluminum Bronze-Prodigy wheels roll with a Matte Dark Bronze finish as one of the few non-monochromatic components to be found. Emulsion-type shocks float the rear end with a hand-adjustable spring-preload feature for quick and easy setup after changes in cargo/passenger weight. The wheels mount Dunlop H-D Series blackwalls in a 130/60-19 ahead of a 180/55-18 with an “H” rating that will tolerate speeds up to 130 mph, which is actually significantly above the actual governed top speed, so you can rest assured that the hoops will take everything you and the bike can dish out, and more.
Rake and trail are a mixed bag. The 26-degree rake is a skosh short for a tourbike, but it does play into the performance aspect quite nicely by helping it dive into the corners. However, the 6.7 inches of trail is at the other end of the spectrum, and it makes the Road Glide ST stable in crosswinds and when negotiating the pressure waves from the surrounding traffic. Lookin’ at you, big rigs.
The saddle rests at 26.7 inches off the deck, providing you have the 180 pounds of bodyweight to get the suspension properly compressed, and this leaves even short riders with an easy reach to the ground for both feet.
As for the anchors, the factory didn’t hold back. It chucked on all-around 300 mm discs with dual, four-bore calipers up front ahead of another in the rear for plenty of overall braking power. Additionally, H-D adds some safety electronics at this point with stock ABS and its own proprietary Reflex Linked Brakes that combine to improve stability under heavy braking actions.
|Frame:||Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded.|
|Swingarm:||Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded.|
|Front Suspension / Travel:||49 mm Dual Bending Valve / 4.6 in. (117 mm)|
|Rear Suspension/ Travel:||Premium standard height hand-adjustable rear suspension/3 in. (76 mm)|
|Rake (steering head):||26°|
|Trail:||6.7 in. (170 mm)|
|Lean Angle (J1168), Right/Left:||32°/ 31°|
|Wheel, Front:||3.5 in. (89 mm) x 19 in. (483 mm)|
|Wheel, Rear:||5 in. (127 mm) x 18 in. (457 mm)|
|Tires:||Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall|
|Tire, Front:||D408F 130/60B19 61H|
|Tire, Rear:||D407T BW 180/55B18 80H|
|Brakes, Front:||Dual 300 mm floating rotors, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers|
|Brakes, Rear:||300 mm fixed rotor, 32 mm, 4-piston caliper|
|Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS):||Standard|
2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST Drivetrain
- 1,923 cc Milwaukee-Eight 117
- 106 hp & 127 lb-ft of torque
- Hot-rod bagger performance
- Stump-pulling torque
<quote|title=The 1,923 cc Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine puts the “hod rod” in this hod-rod bagger to the tune of 106 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque.
Like a gemstone in a setting, the Milwaukee-Eight engine is the real selling point here, and is what makes the Road Glide ST trend toward the power-cruiser/tourer segment. This relatively new engine sees a return to the single-cam valvetrain which gives it that classic pushrod-tube geometry as opposed to the Twin-Cam, for instance. That geometry along with the old-school nosecone and 45-degree Vee brings the sexy back to the Big-Twins. While form should always follow function, this is a Harley-Davidson, so engine aesthetics definitely come into play.
Slightly undersquare, the mill runs with a 103.5 mm bore and 114.3 mm stroke for a total displacement of 1,923 cc (117 cubic-inches) and a 10.2-to-1 compression ratio that should probably handle mid-grade pusholine just fine. Torque is clocked at 127 pound-feet at the 3,750 rpm mark, which is plenty of grunt to pull this thing off the line and deliver decisive passes on the superslab.
The four-valve heads allow for efficient aspiration while the engine is fed fresh air-fuel charges through the single throttle body and Sequential Port Fuel Injection that meters same. A wide, chain-type primary drive and slipper clutch couple engine power to the six-speed, Cruise-Drive transmission and provide some more security for your rear contact patch, plus the clutch has a relatively light pull to give your left hand a bit of a break.
A carbon-reinforced belt drive sends power to the rear wheel, and once the final-drive ratio and engine governor are factored in, you can expect to wring around 105 mph out of the thing. The electronic support doesn’t extend to the drivetrain, not on the stock version anyway, but if you like you can spring for a nice electronics suite as an option. It includes the corner-sensitive version ABS and Linked Brakes along with traction control and Drag-Torque mitigation to really buttress the rear traction integrity. A Vehicle Hold Control comes with the package for extra safety and stability at stops on a grade.
|Engine:||Milwaukee-Eight® 117, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke:||4.075 in. (103.5 mm) x 4.5 in. (114.3 mm)|
|Displacement:||117 cu in (1,923 cc)|
|Engine Torque (J1349):||127 ft-lb (172 Nm) @ 3,750 rpm|
|Power:||106 hp (79 kW) @ 4,750 rpm|
|Fuel System:||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Air Cleaner:||Paper, washable|
|Exhaust:||Dual, with crossover|
|Lubrication System:||Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler|
|Primary Drive:||Chain, 34/46 ratio|
|Final Drive:||Belt, 32/68 ratio|
|Clutch:||Mechanically actuated 10 plate wet, Assist and Slip|
|Transmission:||6-Speed Cruise Drive®|
|Gear Ratios (overall):||1st: 9.593, 2nd: 6.65, 3rd: 4.938, 4th: 4, 5th: 3.407, 6th: 2.875|
2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST Price
Paint and price go hand-in-hand, which is normal for H-D. As usual, the Vivid Black comes in with a $29,999 sticker, while the “color” option, in this case Gunship Gray, adds another $575 to the sticker shock. Both packages come built over generous blackout treatment for more custom flavor, along with a Bronze rocker-box spacer that ties the engine to the wheels.
Model ID: FLTRXST Road Glide® ST Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage) Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter Color: Vivid Black, Gunship Gray Price: $29,999, Color: $30,574
2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST Competitors
H-D may be the only American manufacturer to operate continuously from its inception, but it isn’t the oldest builder, that distinction goes to the resurgent Indian Motorcycle company, and Indian has a potential match for the Road Glide ST with its Challenger Dark Horse model.
Indian Challenger Dark Horse
Since Indian has its own deep historical roots to draw upon, the Challenger Dark Horse has an authenticity that is impossible to copy or fake with a handful of Easter Eggs sprinkled throughout. This includes, but isn’t limited to, the War Bonnet fender ornament and classic Indian head graphic on the fuel tank.
Indian has its own infotainment system, the subscription RIDE COMMAND feature, that meets Harley point for point and includes Smart Lean Technology. Too bad for H-D, Indian includes this with its standard equipment package for an arguably safer rider right off the showroom floor.
Indian ramps up the pain for H-D with a solid handful of paint packages that include three solid colors and three two-tone packages to leave the Harley looking a bit boring to look at. Fixed front fairings are constant across the board, and to be honest, they really define the bike since everything aft of the front fairing is more-or-less the same as the fork-mount fairing models.
Indian powers its entry with the liquid-cooled PowerPlus V-twin engine that has a 1,768 cc displacement, smaller than the Mil-8, but manages to generate even more grunt with 128 pound-feet on tap.
Both manufacturers tie paint and price together, and so the Challenger Dark Horse comes in a range from $28,999 through $31,499 to land all around the Road Glide ST’s sticker.
Read our full review of the Indian Challenger Dark Horse.
I gotta’ say I’m a little disappointed in the monochromatic color choices, especially on a bike at this price point, and one that comes from the King of Paint to boot. That said, I’m just drooling over the Mil-8 117. Sure, it’s mainly an air-cooled mill, but those cooling fins add quite a bit of character that the Indian’s PowerPlus engine simply does not enjoy. If there’s any disappointment with this machine, it’s the lack of color selection and the RDRS feature that is on the options list instead of the stock equipment manifest.”
My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “Seriously, what is with the black and gray? Harley puts out these brand new STs and the only paint in the house is black and gray? Maybe next year they’ll get some nice paint in and we’ll have better choices. Anyway, this is a touring bike on a bona fide touring chassis, so it’s happiest on the highway. Compared to the Milwaukee-Eight 114, the 117 in the Road Glide ST likes to ride a little higher in the rpm band so even though it’s only 3 cubic inches difference between them, the difference is more in the internal components and the engine mapping. The Road Glide ST loves the open highway and even though it has six speeds, it cruises comfortably in fifth gear with roll-on ready when you need it.”
2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST Specifications
Engine & Drivetrain: Engine: Milwaukee-Eight® 117, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder Bore x Stroke: 4.075 in. (103.5 mm) x 4.5 in. (114.3 mm) Displacement: 117 cu in (1,923 cc) Compression Ratio: 10.2:1 Engine Torque (J1349): 127 ft-lb (172 Nm) @ 3,750 rpm Power: 106 hp (79 kW) @ 4,750 rpm Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) Air Cleaner: Paper, washable Exhaust: Dual, with crossover Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio Final Drive: Belt, 32/68 ratio Clutch: Mechanically actuated 10 plate wet, Assist and Slip Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive® Gear Ratios (overall): 1st: 9.593, 2nd: 6.65, 3rd: 4.938, 4th: 4, 5th: 3.407, 6th: 2.875 Chassis: Frame: Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded. Swingarm: Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded. Front Suspension / Travel: 49 mm Dual Bending Valve / 4.6 in. (117 mm) Rear Suspension/ Travel: Premium standard height hand-adjustable rear suspension/3 in. (76 mm) Rake (steering head): 26° Fork Angle: 29.25° Trail: 6.7 in. (170 mm) Lean Angle (J1168), Right/Left: 32°/ 31° Wheels: Bronze Prodigy Wheel, Front: 3.5 in. (89 mm) x 19 in. (483 mm) Wheel, Rear: 5 in. (127 mm) x 18 in. (457 mm) Tires: Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall Tire, Front: D408F 130/60B19 61H Tire, Rear: D407T BW 180/55B18 80H Brakes, Front: Dual 300 mm floating rotors, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers Brakes, Rear: 300 mm fixed rotor, 32 mm, 4-piston caliper Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): Standard Dimensions & Capacities: Length: 94.7 in. (2,405 mm) Overall Width: 37.6 in. (955 mm) Overall Height: 52.2 in. (1,325 mm) Seat Height, Laden/ Unladen: 26.7 in. (678 mm)/ 28.1 in. (715 mm) Static Ground Clearance: 5.5 in. (140 mm) Wheelbase: 64 in. (1,625 mm) Fuel Capacity: 6 gal. (22.7 l) Fuel Economy: 41 mpg (5.7 l/100 km) with 1 gallon (3.8 l) reserve Oil Capacity (w/filter): 5.2 qt. (4.9 l) Transmission Capacity: 1 qt. (.95 l) Primary Chain Case Capacity: 1.1 qts. (1 l) Coolant Capacity: N/A Dry Weight: 806 lb. (366 kg) Curb Weight: 842 lb. (382 kg) Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 1,360 lb. (617 kg) Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front/ Rear: 500 lb. (227 kg)/ 927 lb. (420 kg) Luggage Capacity -Volume: 2.3 cu ft (0.064 m3) Electrics: Battery: Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 28-amp/hour, 405 cca (per Battery Council International Rating) Charging: Three-phase, 48-amp system (600W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 625W max power @ 13V) Starting: 1.6 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement Lights (as per country regulation): └ Headlamp: LED 40-watt, 1,060 lumen low beam, 60-watt, 1560 lumen high beam. └ Tail/Stop: 8W/28W └ Front Signal Lights: 8W/28W └ Rear Turn Signals: 8W/28W Gauges: Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators. Auxiliary Lamps: N/A Electric Power Outlet: Electric power accessory port in fairing GPS System: Boom!™ Box GTS audio system with GPS and touchscreen Reverse Gear: N/A Details: Model ID: FLTRXST Road Glide® ST Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage) Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter Color: Vivid Black, Gunship Gray Price: $29,999, Color: $30,574
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