Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special Bike Overview
A bike that never fails to surprise first-time Harley riders, the Road Glide’s traditional American muscle tourer looks belie its modern handling and comfort.
The huge 114 cubic-inch (1868cc!) Milwaukee-Eight V-twin motor is a dream for easy riding — with so much torque on tap, the gearbox is rarely disturbed, the air-cooled lump pulling like the proverbial traction engine.
The Harley-Davidson Road Glide is a heavy bike but the weight is well distributed, so it’s easy to manage. Handling is surprisingly good too, particularly on rougher roads where the soft suspension and weight flatten the bumps and make the bike feel nailed to the tarmac, right up to the footboards scraping, which is further over than you might imagine.
Built for touring, a comfortable ‘feet-forward’ riding position, sumptuous saddle and roomy high-quality panniers come as standard. The icing on the cake for long journeys, however, is the excellent sound system that can link to your phone for tunes on the go as well as offering an intuitive navigation system for those epic tours.
Starting price for a new Road Glide is £22,995 with top-spec bikes for sale for as much as £36,000. Look for a bike from the end of 2017 on if you can — the 2018 model year machines saw a major upturn in quality.
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Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special Bike Spec
- Average fuel consumption53mpg
- EngineAir cooled, v twin,
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The ride quality is good I can be better with aftermarket shocks or front springs, but for OEM it's good.
The engine is a 103 high output. It has lots of power but the way it's tuned stock could be better. It ends to run hot.
The major cost for the bike is how much it costs for services from the dealership. That can be 300-500 at a time.
I had issues with the horn not working at my first 3 services. So they had to be replaced under warranty. The radio had to replaced to the fading on the bezel that surrounds the radio. The stock front tyre lasted 21000 miles the rear wouldn't have lasted as long but I got a puncture in it so had to have it replaced.
The brakes are really good, they are linked and have ABS. And they work really well the stock brake pads go in about 9000 miles but it depends on how you ride as well.