Harley® Sport Glide Needs No Introductions
The Harley-Davidson® Sport Glide is a mid-sized cruiser that stands out in any crowd. It’s made as much for a quick trip to Bike Night with your riding buddies as it is for days of riding across Texas and beyond. Harley says this bike is “An aggressive combination of cruising agility and long-distance touring.”
How do you know if you’re interested in buying a Harley® Sport Glide? This bike is for you if you want the following:
- Equal parts performance and touring
- The ability to do either at the spur of the moment, with a bike that adjusts to your needs
- A powerful Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin and showy Mantis wheels
New H-D Sport Glide Specs®
When you buy a Harley-Davidson® Sport Glide, you get the unforgettable sound and unbeatable feel the motorcycle manufacturer is known for. MSRP for a 2020 Sport Glide starts at $18,599. Check out these 2020 Sport Glide Specs from the H-D® Official Website:
|Seat Height, Laden||25.7 in|
|Ground Clearance||4.7 in|
|Tires, front specification||130/70B18 63H BW|
|Tires, rear specification||180/70B16 77H BW|
|Fuel Capacity||5 gallons|
|Oil Capacity||5 quarts|
|Weight in running order||699 pounds|
|Luggage capacity (volume)||1.9 cubic feet|
|Displacement||107 cubic inches|
|Fuel system||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Exhaust||2-into-1; catalyst in muffler|
|Engine Torque||108 ft-lb|
|Engine torque (RPM)||2750|
|Lean Angle Right||27.9 degrees|
|Lean angle left||28.7 degrees|
|Fuel economy||47 mpg (est city/hwy)|
|Wheels, front type||Black, machine highlighted, Mantis cast-aluminum|
|Wheels, rear type||Black, machine highlighted, Mantis cast-aluminum|
|Brakes, caliper type||4-piston fixed front and 2-piston floating rear|
|Lights (as per country regulation), indicator lamps||high beams, turn signals, neutral, low oil, engine diagnostics, cruise, ABS, security, low battery, low fuel|
|Gauges||5-analog speedometer with digital gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip range and tach indication|
Sport Glide vs. the Competition
Cycle World compares Sport Glide with other mid-sized baggers like the Honda Interstate and the Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer. Three of their riders took a trip through the California hill country to see how each measured up.
The Honda, they said, was basically a rush job that involved slapping bags, footboards and a windshield on a Fury. The rider testing it reached his destination “uncharacteristically scared straight,” and made comparisons between the Honda and a hook-and-ladder fire truck. The Yamaha performed better, but the rider noted its cornering clearance is compromised by the master cylinder located under the footboard.
If you’re comparing Harley® cruisers, Sport Glide is most similar to Road Glide and Road King. It’s significantly lighter than both, has slightly less luggage capacity has a shorter overall length and has other differences you can see side by side using Harley’s® compare bikes tool.
Ride Reviews for Harley-Davidson® Sport Glide
Twenty-three year-old Henri Boulanger told Cycle World he never expected to ride a Harley Sport Glide. But almost as soon as he threw a leg over, here's what he said.
"From the second I sat on the Sport Glide and pulled it off the sidestand, it felt good. The bars were high enough to be relaxed and no higher. The footpegs were farther forward than I was used to, but the shifter felt natural and, after the 2,600 miles it’s gonna take to get home, I know I’ll feel strange planting my soles in any other position. It feels right. In motion the bike feels balanced and ready. It’s steady and solid in the turns, and I can almost hear the bike saying, 'I got this. You got this. We got this.' It truly makes me feel like a better rider." (From Cycle World's "A Millennial's Journey on the Harley-Davidson Sport Glide)
What do Dallas experts say when it comes to Sport Glide Reviews? See our dealership video review here.
Buy a Used Sport Glide Near Dallas - What You Need to Know
If you're buying a used motorcycle, no matter what you're buying or where you get it, there are risks and unknowns. Just the fact that you plan to ride says you're okay with a certain level of risk and the possibility of surprises, but that doesn't mean you want to end up trading your treasure for someone else's trash. To make sure your new (to you) ride is a dream come true, not a nightmare waiting to happen, buy from a trustworthy, reputable source.
When you buy from your local Harley® shop, you have consumer protection you just won't get when you buy from an individual. Shopping at a dealer lets you try several different options one right after another so you can easily compare between them. Our sales staff and brand ambassadors also have a ton of experience helping people find the right fit.
If you're in the market to buy a used Sport Glide near Dallas, here are a few things to look for:
- Appearance - Buy a used Sport Glide that looks pampered. It should be clean even in all the hard to reach places.
- Exhaust - Look for dents in the exhaust or evidence of repair. Check underneath as well. Start the bike when it's ice-cold and be alert for signs of exhaust leaks.
- Frame - Check for dents and scratches, any sign it has gone over or been in a crash.
- Clutch - You should have a little free play and the clutch should operate smoothly.
- Tires - Smooth, even wear is normal. Uneven wear or dents in the wheels indicate a problem.
- History - Ask about service records and a motorcycle history report.
- Warranty - Find out if the dealership offers a warranty period after you ride away (we do).