Harley-Davidson Street Glide (FLHXI) review

Add some bling and this could so easily be a two-wheeled ‘Pimp My Ride’ candidate. Laid-back tourer with a sound system any Chav boy racer would be proud of

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Sun, 1 Jan 2006 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Harley-Davidson
Category:
Custom
Price:
£ 14495
Overall
3
Low profile rear suspension and new Harman/Kardon sound system gives the Street Glide a 'Pimp My Ride' look
Clock cluster still looks very dated, just an Electra Glide wearing a different hat

Not tested

The Street Glide is an undressed dresser for those who desire a more streamlined touring machine.

The large Electra Glide fairing has been binned in favour of a smaller more traditional 'Bat Wing' offering. Unnecessary trim has been removed, including stalk mirrors that are now incorporated into the front fairing to become almost invisible from the front, but still offering the rider good rear visibility.

Custom touches include Streamliner footboards, brake pedal and passenger pegs. Stretched chrome fuel tank console with an embossed diamond-cut nameplate. Plus a special chrome-smoked tank emblem.

Once on the move, there is no doubting the potential of this bike to cover very long distances. It’s such a relaxing place to be that I could easily imagine spending five or six hours a day in the saddle on a two-week road trip. The Street Glide does everything in its own time, including braking and accelerating, and doesn’t particularly like being rushed. In fact, the best way to spoil this rather pleasant riding experience would be by being in a hurry.

For the full launch report, check out the March 2006 issue...

Not tested

The Street Glide is an undressed dresser for those who desire a more streamlined touring machine.

The large Electra Glide fairing has been binned in favour of a smaller more traditional 'Bat Wing' offering. Unnecessary trim has been removed, including stalk mirrors that are now incorporated into the front fairing to become almost invisible from the front, but still offering the rider good rear visibility.

Custom touches include Streamliner footboards, brake pedal and passenger pegs. Stretched chrome fuel tank console with an embossed diamond-cut nameplate. Plus a special chrome-smoked tank emblem.

Once on the move, there is no doubting the potential of this bike to cover very long distances. It’s such a relaxing place to be that I could easily imagine spending five or six hours a day in the saddle on a two-week road trip. The Street Glide does everything in its own time, including braking and accelerating, and doesn’t particularly like being rushed. In fact, the best way to spoil this rather pleasant riding experience would be by being in a hurry.

For the full launch report, check out the March 2006 issue...

Not tested

The Street Glide is an undressed dresser for those who desire a more streamlined touring machine.

The large Electra Glide fairing has been binned in favour of a smaller more traditional 'Bat Wing' offering. Unnecessary trim has been removed, including stalk mirrors that are now incorporated into the front fairing to become almost invisible from the front, but still offering the rider good rear visibility.

Custom touches include Streamliner footboards, brake pedal and passenger pegs. Stretched chrome fuel tank console with an embossed diamond-cut nameplate. Plus a special chrome-smoked tank emblem.

Once on the move, there is no doubting the potential of this bike to cover very long distances. It’s such a relaxing place to be that I could easily imagine spending five or six hours a day in the saddle on a two-week road trip. The Street Glide does everything in its own time, including braking and accelerating, and doesn’t particularly like being rushed. In fact, the best way to spoil this rather pleasant riding experience would be by being in a hurry.

For the full launch report, check out the March 2006 issue...

Length (mm) 2440
Dryweight (kg) 342
Seats 2
Seat Height (mm) 668
Suspension Front 41.3mm forks
Suspension Rear Twin rear hidden shocks
Adjustability Front Triple Circuit Damping (TCD)
Adjustability Rear Air-adjustable touring suspension travel
Wheels Front 16" slotted cast
Wheels Rear 16" slotted cast
Tyres Dunlop
Tyres Front MT90B16 72H
Tyres Rear MU85B16 77H
Brakes Front Twin 292mm discs, four piston calipers
Brakes Rear Single 292mm disc, four piston caliper
Tank Capacity (litres) 19.1
Wheelbase (mm) 1592
Ground Clearance (mm) 119
Rake (degrees) 26
Trail (mm) 158
Chassis Mild steel, square section backbone with twin downtubes
Colours Vivid black, black pearl, deep cobalt pearl, black cherry pearl
Length (mm) 2440
Dryweight (kg) 342
Seats 2
Seat Height (mm) 668
Suspension Front 41.3mm forks
Suspension Rear Twin rear hidden shocks
Adjustability Front Triple Circuit Damping (TCD)
Adjustability Rear Air-adjustable touring suspension travel
Wheels Front 16" slotted cast
Wheels Rear 16" slotted cast
Tyres Dunlop
Tyres Front MT90B16 72H
Tyres Rear MU85B16 77H
Brakes Front Twin 292mm discs, four piston calipers
Brakes Rear Single 292mm disc, four piston caliper
Tank Capacity (litres) 19.1
Wheelbase (mm) 1592
Ground Clearance (mm) 119
Rake (degrees) 26
Trail (mm) 158
Chassis Mild steel, square section backbone with twin downtubes
Colours Vivid black, black pearl, deep cobalt pearl, black cherry pearl
Cubic Capacity (cc) 1449
Torque (ft/lb) 80
Torque Peak (rpm) 3400
Bore (mm) 95.3
Stroke (mm) 101.6
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Cooling Air cooled
Fuel Delivery Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Belt
Cubic Capacity (cc) 1449
Torque (ft/lb) 80
Torque Peak (rpm) 3400
Bore (mm) 95.3
Stroke (mm) 101.6
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Cooling Air cooled
Fuel Delivery Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Belt

Score Breakdown
Overall
3

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