3500 miles on a Har­ley Sport Glide

Best Har­ley ever?

BIKE (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - By John West­lake Pho­tog­ra­phy Ja­son Critchell

TWO PATHS SEEM to be con­verg­ing. As Har­ley con­tinue to im­prove their build qual­ity, sus­pen­sion and en­gines, mo­tor­cy­cle buy­ers are in­creas­ingly in­ter­ested in charis­matic bikes rather than crazy-fast ones. And at the in­ter­sec­tion of th­ese paths is Har­ley’s new Sof­tail range; nine thud­ding, hand­some brutes that should be just what thou­sands of us want to tool about on Sun­day af­ter­noons and then carry us into work if the weather looks half de­cent. The Sport Glide is the most ver­sa­tile of the nine – with­out its pan­niers and screen it looks like the hip cousin of the Ter­mi­na­tor’s Fat Boy, and with them it makes a de­cent com­muter and tourer. But doubts still re­main… Ex­actly how slow are they? Do they still break down all the time? Will bits vi­brate off? Time to ride a Har­ley-david­son Sport Glide for 3500 miles to find out.

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