- Incomparable Appearance
- Extremely Comfortable
- Heavily Equipped
- Shockingly Expensive
- Delicate To Ride On Indian Roads
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Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Overview
Harley- Davidson is an iconic brand that invokes memories of powerful engines, wide open highways, the wind in your face and mile munching in total and absolute glorious freedom on 2 wheels. Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903 this legendary manufacturer has kept the spirit of American motorcycling alive with its pathbreaking products. As of today, the current product line-up has been categorised under the following categories - Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and Touring. Touring is what one associates the most with Harley-Davidson and thus it comes as no surprise that Harley-Davidson offers the Touring Street Glide as the most advanced, potent and top of the line touring Harley yet.
Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Engine & Transmission
Touring Harleys demand fat torque curves and plump power output from a lazy engine. The Touring Street Glide does not disappoint on that front, it gives the rider a wide amount of power and torque to play with and play really well. Powered by the a Twin Cam 103B V-twin unit displacing 1,690 cc the Touring Street Glide is every bit special as it seems to be This variant now offers some amount of oil cooling too thus making it an oil/liquid cooled engine. This additional cooling around via the integrated oil cooler helps keep temperatures in check while also helping the engine produce power in a smooth and unruffled manner.Featuring a bore X stroke ratio of 98.4 X 111.1 mm and a compression ratio of 9.7:1 this ESPFI (Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection) engine manages to crank out a staggering 138 NM of torque @ a relaxed 3,500 rpm. This unit is all about torque and oodles of it courtesy the lightweight pistons which keep the refinement levels quite high without stressing out the engine. The super torquey engine is mated to a 6 speed 'cruise drive' transmission that helps keep the engine speeds and wheel speeds in constant balance ensuring that power and torque are available throughout the rev range as and when required depending on the road and riding conditions. Harley has also equipped the Street Glide with their proprietary Isolated Drive System. This system helps keep acceleration flowing smoothly and steadily. This also ensures that engine internals are also not subject to unnecessary wear and tear thus helping the engine in the long run and also keeping routine service and maintenance expenses low at the same time keeping service intervals pretty far apart.
Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Mileage
Mileage claims made by manufacturers always vary from actual figures since riding conditions, engine condition and riding style differ from person to person. The overall fuel economy on the Street Glide comes to 18 kmpl. In the city one can expect between 14-16 kmpl and highways will see the economy go to 17-20 kmpl.
Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Performance and Handling
V twins are known to be very distinctive in terms of their method of delivering output and transferring it to the road in an easy and comfortable manner. Get the Touring Street Glide moving and you realise there's a lot more muscles rather than blubber underneath the surface. This one is blessed by the gods of motorcycling and pulls away strong and clean. The Street Glide features enhanced 49 mm front forks and air adjustable suspension that helps one adjust the ride and handling characteristics of the bike on the fly. As the road dynamics change, so to can one change how the bike responds to the road for optimum riding pleasure. Having said that, the lean angles at 32 degrees on the right and 31 degrees on the left and is coupled with a 1,625 mm wheelbase. Add in cruise control and you have the cherry on top of the cream.High speed cruising is further enhanced by the 'batwing' front fairing which helps isolate the rider from wind turbulence and also offer the rider with their own cocoon featuring music of their choice thanks to the 5.2 speaker setup along with the onboard jukebox. The Dunlop tyres that the Street Glide comes equipped with are confidence inspiring thanks to their multi-tread design. Featuring a huge 180 section rear tyre mounted on a 16 inch wheel, cornering is a breeze on the Harley. Braking duties are taken care of via a 4-piston fixed twin disc front and 2-piston torque-free floating rear brake system featuring ABS as standard. The ABS unit is discreetly hidden away in the wheel hub contributing to the aesthetics. Also in a class first the ABS system features 'Reflex' technology that links the front and rear brakes at speeds above35 kmph for better high speed braking performance by constantly varying the brake balance point between the front and rear braking systems.