Harley-Davidson announces a new addition to its 2018 Softail line-up. Introducing the Sport Glide.
Following in the skid marks of its brother, the Heritage Classic, the Sport Glide is designed to do it all. Smaller and lighter than a traditional Harley bagger, the new Softail is a solid choice for the cruiser guy or gal looking to experience a bit of everything out of their V-Twin.
Available in three colors (Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry, and Silver Fortune), the Sport Glide is powered by the new and improved Milwaukee-Eight Twin. It’s one heck of an engine, as proven during our recent Street Bob and Heritage Classic First Tests— providing the ideal blend of torque, throttle response, and of course that signature feel and character that only Harley-Davidson delivers.
The engine expels spent gasses via a two-tone 2-into-1 exhaust terminating on the right side. It rolls on a pair of contrast-cut “Mantis” allow wheels shod in H-D branded Michelin Scorcher rubber. A pair of hydraulic disc brakes, with ABS, keep speed in check.
Built to please, the fully reworked Softail chassis is more capable than ever offering more sport appeal as well as comfort on the open road. Damping is provided by a sporty inverted fork with a mono shock absorber linking the frame and swingarm, beneath the rider’s seat. A handy adjustment knob hidden behind a righthand side cover (adjacent to the seat) makes for easier ride height adjustment based on handling preference.
A pair of lockable hard cases are capable of occupying 14.2-gallons worth of stuff and can be easily detached, exposing clean, un-cluttered look of the rear fender, if desired. There’s also passenger accommodations so a friend can came along too.
Forward-mount controls and a front fairing with integrated 1.5-inch tall windscreen are designed to deflect turbulence off the rider’s chest and make for a comfortable mount on the highway. Like the luggage, the fairing can be removed via quick-release clamps on the fork. Riders seeking additional wind protection can opt for an taller 5.5-inch high option from the Genuine Motor Accessories catalog.
Full LED lighting and a handy USB-style charing port are other handy conveniences, as is key-less style ignition.
Expect the Sport Glide to begin trickling into Bar & Shield dealers anytime.