Why buy the Street Glide ?
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“Eph 2:9 not a result of works”

Since: Jul 08

Waukegan, IL

#1 Jan 6, 2010
Why should one buy the Street Glide and pay more for a bike that has basically been stripped of the basics that you pay for on Harley Touring bikes ?
With the Street Glide you lose front lights and the fender pieces "on the bottom" and the rear "crash bars" along with inferior passenger foot pegs etc..
I realize it is lowered so the ride will be less comfortable "especially with a passenger" and the difference is next to nothing in ground clearance.
Okay, you get a cool bat fairing and tunes but is it worth it when compared to a Road King that goes for 2,000 less ?
I like the Street Glide and the Road King but I can't seem to get past the feeling that the bike has been stripped down and for this I would have to pay more. I also realize that the Street Glide has more chrome but it also lacks a lot of what makes a Harley a Harley at least in my eyes.

“US Elects Fake”

Since: Aug 07

East of the River

#2 Jan 7, 2010
As you pointed out, I think it's lowered too. Never understood why so many people lower their bikes except for fit reasons. Looks ghetto to me.

This is a testament to the marketing genius that the MOCO stumbles on sometimes. Some how paying more $$ for a stripped down EG has become the trendy thing to do. Style over substance. Ehh, who cares? Just ride.

“Eph 2:9 not a result of works”

Since: Jul 08

Waukegan, IL

#3 Jan 7, 2010
2_Wheels wrote:
As you pointed out, I think it's lowered too. Never understood why so many people lower their bikes except for fit reasons. Looks ghetto to me.
This is a testament to the marketing genius that the MOCO stumbles on sometimes. Some how paying more $$ for a stripped down EG has become the trendy thing to do. Style over substance. Ehh, who cares? Just ride.
Could this be the reason why the Electric Glide has been discontinued :)
I am starting to think this way about the RK Classic when compared to the Road King. For a 1,000 extra when one buys the Classic they get both wheels at 17 inches instead of the normal 17 front 16 rear. You get pretty fat whitewalls that look good but over time probably don't look so good and along with this you have a lot of maintenance on those white walls.
I personally like the hard locking bags over the soft bags, that to my knowledge do not come with locks.
A plus for the RKC is the fact that this bike does come with cruise control "$300 value" and more paint options.
Both bikes have duel exhaust which the Street Glide dropped this year for one pipe in the back "yuck"
The standard Road King in black is looking better all everyday.
Road King Rider

United States

#4 Jan 7, 2010
I bought a RK and put a fairing on.. saved me about 2K over buying a SG.
UCBKMC

Columbia, TN

#5 Jan 8, 2010
It is all about what "YOU" want as the purchaser. Don't want the "bat" fairing....purchase the Road Glide then. Enjoy hummin' to yourself. The Street Glide is the "lowest" in price of the Touring Class for those riders wanting the Class. I wanted to purchase a Fat Boy & and friend of mine said to get the Street Glide. I did & I am not happy that I did. The 2010 Road Glides look awesome as well. I think each bike that is made won't be liked by everyone, but someone out there will love it. Two main reasons I purchased the Street Glide besides having the stereo so I wouldn't have to hum to myself (lol)..(1) the price...I couldn't not afford the Ultra Classic & (2) I am unfornately a small person & I enjoy the fact the Street Glide is made lower. Okay that is my 2 cents. Signed: Waiting for Springtime!
Dawg

Angier, NC

#6 Jan 25, 2010
HHHHMMMMMM - You buy a Street Glide because you like that style!!!!! It's lowered, makes handling in turns more stable, adjust your shocks and tires air pressure to the weight your toting and let it eat asphalt. The fenders are plain and clean. I like that! I've got a 2008 with over 20,000 miles. My wife and I have done 680 miles in a day, spent 12 plus hours on it in a day, and totally love it. Were big people! I'm 6" and 265lbs and my wife isn't small. No comfort problem, of course I added a touring seat, back rest w/ a rack and load it down. We've spent eight days on the road at a time. Everyone may not like a SG, personally, all Harley touring bikes, set up for the rider/passenger are very comfortable bikes. Bottom line, to each his/her own! You ain't buying a Harley to save money!
09 FLHX

Sylvester, GA

#7 Jan 25, 2010
LOVE my SG! I like the Street Glide so much that after my 08 got totalled I went right out and bought an 09.
Cardboard

Dallas, TX

#8 Jan 26, 2010
No more nightrains. &)@@"&$@@@
westrider

Cleveland, OH

#9 Jan 26, 2010
I have a 2006 Street Glide that is fantastic. I bought it new when I traded my '01 Deuce. What caught my eye was that it was different from "Grandpa's" Electra Glide. The only reason I am even considering trading it is because I like the Ultra Classic Limited. I feel that the Limited is a sufficient step up that I may do it this spring. Otherwise I will continue to ride my Street Glide. It has served me very well.
Jackson

Puyallup, WA

#10 Feb 13, 2010
Just traded my 06 Street Glide in for a 2010. The 06 handled great in the corners but the 2010's new frame is like riding in a Cadilac compared to a VW and corners even better. Smooth responds quick and more power without the work. For style it has the look and probably one of the best HD's to custom out. For you Road King riders I road a 98 road for four years loved the bike but fairing and tunes for long distance theres nothing better, not to mention the handling. I go to Sturgis every year and was amazed last year at how many companies were selling detachable fairings for Road Kings and how many were sold and at some big $$$$. My buddy bought one for his King and hasn't taken it off since. Removable fairing is a nice option to have but with the tunes and wind protection you'll keep it on, so why not go with the Street Glide?
xjack

Medway, MA

#11 Jun 27, 2010
I just traded my 08 nightrain for a 2010 Street Glide and let me tell you I cant get off this thing. 150 miles the first day 170 the second and another 100 today and only b/c thunder storms were closing in. This bike is the bomb, fairing and tunes are great, Cruise control beats the hell out of the throttle lock, the ride on the highway is fantastic, its new frame is 1.5 inches higher than the 09, cornering is a breeze. No more looking for back roads to get somewhere and having to get off every couple hrs to find my spine.
Jimmy

Katy, TX

#12 Jun 30, 2010
2_Wheels wrote:
As you pointed out, I think it's lowered too. Never understood why so many people lower their bikes except for fit reasons. Looks ghetto to me.
This is a testament to the marketing genius that the MOCO stumbles on sometimes. Some how paying more $$ for a stripped down EG has become the trendy thing to do. Style over substance. Ehh, who cares? Just ride.
Ghetto. You're a dumbass! Why not just appreciate it for what it is. If you don't like it, don't buy one. I love mine, and can't wait to make it look even lower. Hope you don't mind.
joe

Warrenton, VA

#14 Jul 1, 2010
xjack wrote:
I just traded my 08 nightrain for a 2010 Street Glide and let me tell you I cant get off this thing. 150 miles the first day 170 the second and another 100 today and only b/c thunder storms were closing in. This bike is the bomb, fairing and tunes are great, Cruise control beats the hell out of the throttle lock, the ride on the highway is fantastic, its new frame is 1.5 inches higher than the 09, cornering is a breeze. No more looking for back roads to get somewhere and having to get off every couple hrs to find my spine.
I feel the same way about my 2008 Road Glide.
Tony G

Bronx, NY

#15 Jul 4, 2010
For me the 09 Street Glide was a "Hot" Touring bike without all of the chrome especially in Black. Almost changed my order to a Road Glide. Somehow I cannot see myself on an Ultra Classic, just happen to like that stripped down look of the SG. Not too much chrome but just enough.
There is also something to be said for cruising on a Harley and listening to Bob Segar singing "Roll me Away" on the CD. Bruce singing, Thunder Road is cool also. LOL
westrider

Amherst, OH

#16 Jul 4, 2010
I traded the 06 Streetglide for the 10 Ultra Limited. The Streetglide is a fantastic motorcycle but the added comforts of the Ultra are night and day. I still like the Streetglide but at this stage in my life, I like the extra goodies that the Ultra Limited offers. If I could afford two motorcycles I would have a Streetglide to hop up and play with.
adk

Ballston Spa, NY

#17 Jul 11, 2010
selling my 06 train,because rode a street glide and fell in love WOW what a difference!!!!

“US Elects Fake”

Since: Aug 07

East of the River

#18 Jul 13, 2010
Jimmy wrote:
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Ghetto. You're a dumbass! Why not just appreciate it for what it is. If you don't like it, don't buy one. I love mine, and can't wait to make it look even lower. Hope you don't mind.
Nope, don't mind a bit. Have at it, do whatever you'd like to do with it, I don't give a rat's ass. I stand by what I said, and a lowered (insert HD model here) just looks ghetto to me. Unless someone has stumpy little leg-letts that can't reach the ground, I don't see the sense in lowering a bike for any reason other than looks. Why reduce a lean angle that must already be one of the smallest one's in the industry? Great for poseurs and barhoppers I suppose, but not for riding. To each his own.
carrotzilla

Niceville, FL

#19 Jul 20, 2010
The SG is lowered 1"! If that is the difference between "ghetto" and cool than you are one opiniated dude. I don't like slammed bikes either but the SG handles corners far better than it looks, 1" or not. Handles just as well as the ST1300 it replaced. As for the "stripped" down comment, ever hear of a pony car?
HD X

Mesa, AZ

#20 Jul 23, 2010
I've had 6 HD's in the past 5 years and currently own a 2010 SG. It's all about choice and every choice comes with a give-n-take decision to make. What people think about my choice in bikes really doesn't matter to me. And what I think about other peoples choice in bikes I keep to myself because it shouldn't matter to them what I think. The SG doesn't have the plush ride of the EGC or Ultra but I knew that when I bought it. I've had my '10 SG for three months and have 6,700 miles on it. No complaints or regrets.
Adam Z

Chicago, IL

#22 Sep 14, 2010
For a single rider, the street glide is where it's at. It's smooth as butter and bad ass as it gets. For those married couples or dating, I could see the strong draw to an Electra.

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