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Nov 11th 2017, 08:55 AM   #16
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
The reason for the "Sport" Glide name is because compared to the other HD Glides, it is the sport touring version. Just like, as was pointed out, bikes like the Concourse, ST1300, etc. it is a lighter weight "touring" machine. That doesn't mean that HD considers it a "Sport" bike.

The new Softail frame allows for lighter weight and greater ride height. Also, included on the new Sport Glide, as well as the Fat Bob, are inverted forks. This will allow for much better suspension setups.

And liberpolly is completely unable to have any unbiased opinion, no matter what the MoCo did, because of His complete disdain for anything with an HD emblem.

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Nov 11th 2017, 09:25 AM   #17
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Isn't it just an FXST wth bags? I had one of those. It was really hard to ride. Riding that front end was like pushing a boat trailer.
Nov 11th 2017, 10:02 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by Sentinel
Isn't it just an FXST wth bags? I had one of those. It was really hard to ride. Riding that front end was like pushing a boat trailer.
No, this is a completely new frame, engine and suspension. The only thing it has in common with the old Softails is the name.

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Nov 11th 2017, 11:44 AM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Triumph Street Twin
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Originally Posted by VeritasImageryNW
The reason for the "Sport" Glide name is because compared to the other HD Glides, it is the sport touring version. Just like, as was pointed out, bikes like the Concourse, ST1300, etc. it is a lighter weight "touring" machine. That doesn't mean that HD considers it a "Sport" bike.

The new Softail frame allows for lighter weight and greater ride height. Also, included on the new Sport Glide, as well as the Fat Bob, are inverted forks. This will allow for much better suspension setups.

And liberpolly is completely unable to have any unbiased opinion, no matter what the MoCo did, because of His complete disdain for anything with an HD emblem.
pardon my disdain when "lighter weight" means "up to 35 pounds" on a 700 lbs bike.
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Nov 11th 2017, 12:28 PM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Lowrider S
Sorry but it's this like bitching that a work boot can't be a sports version of a work boot because running shoes exist? Running shoes would be considered a lot more sports like in direct comparison but a running shoe won't save your foot from a chunk of steel falling on it, but saving 1lb from having a composite toe vs a solid steel one makes a big difference to those who wear it all day. And a running shoe could be more "armored" for things like nails, but it's not true to it's purpose and will never do it as well.

My point is different tools for different applications.

Harley's aren't made for the track, they aren't a running shoe. They're a work boot. They're made for a long haul and a smile on your face. And yes, making a 700lb bike with 100lbs of torque no matter the RPMs take a corner hard is very rewarding experience. Might not be as fast from looking from the side lines, but it's a much more lively experience. That's the draw of a Harley that's more sporty.

Think '60s Muscle car drifting through a corner vs a sports car just taking it easy. That muscle car takes more to do the same, but it's a greater reward to the driver. On paper it's slower, in the real world it can be built to destroy anything off the line, but yeah, it will never take a corner the same but it's not meant to. If it was, it just be a sports car and less in the other aspects to hold that balance.




But it's nice to see that without fail another Harley topic on here barely addressed the OPs question and went off on a battle between Harley vs everyone else, yet again.





In an attempt to answer the OP:
Being able to convert from a touring bike to a naked one like that is pretty alluring. Bike looks good both ways and that's usually pretty hard to achieve. If I was buying a 2018 it would be one my top considerations, the other being a Fatbob (though I don't like the headlight all that much and would probably swap it out). However if I was truly serious about it, I might wait a year and see if they come out with an "S" version of a few things. Course that could be a while. Personally I'm still ecstatic with my LR-S and it's been ruled a modern classic by most Harley riders, so I doubt I'll ever see it traded in.

Edited by CaptainAwesome on Nov 11th 2017 at 12:33 PM
Nov 11th 2017, 07:29 PM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

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But it's nice to see that without fail another Harley topic on here barely addressed the OPs question and went off on a battle between Harley vs everyone else, yet again.
Welcome to the internet. Motorcyclists are worse than liberals vs conservatives; always pissing on one another for their choices. They're just motorcycles for heck's sake. Ride and enjoy what you have and stop being so judgmental about everyone else. It would be pretty boring if we all rode the same make/model.
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Nov 12th 2017, 08:33 AM   #22
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
the shoe comparison is a thing I have often done. it works well as an aid to helping "non-riders" understand why I _need_ three bikes even though I can only ride one (at a time).

this is why even though I just this year bought a new C14 I have to, in the spring, buy a new Z1000.

babydoll understands shoes.


Edited by Sentinel on Nov 12th 2017 at 08:38 AM
Nov 12th 2017, 09:02 AM   #23
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture Victory Octane
Its the sexiest Harley IMO. Really like the one off wheels. Reviews are good. I read that you can put the Fat Bob shock in and gain some ground clearance and added travel
But come on guys, its a HARLEY, not a Buell. Its sporty cuz its gone a shrunken batwing fairing and other styling cues. It will be fun in the corners FOR A 700LB CRUISER. Its not a real sport bike.
The guy that puts down $18K and change for one of these WANTS a Harley, not a kickass sport tourer.
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Edited by Skiffman on Nov 12th 2017 at 09:26 AM
Nov 12th 2017, 10:07 AM   #24
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
I have no Harley hate. And I don’t care what others ride. It doesn’t affect me much.

I have had a lifelong love of two wheelers, from my first tricycle to bicycle to Briggs & Stratton minibike to my first real dualsport back in the 1970s.

And I can say that I have never had the slightest interest in Harleys. If someone gave me one, I would probably ride it some. But seeing them, hearing them, smelling them, knowing their history, none of it has ever done anything for me. They just never struck the right set of emotions or sensations.
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Nov 12th 2017, 12:05 PM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Can you still put on LOUD pipes to SAVE LIVES and BE REALLY COOL?
Nov 12th 2017, 12:12 PM   #26
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Lowrider S
Yes and yes.
Nov 12th 2017, 12:18 PM   #27
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Great. I know a couple who've lived in a very nice, new upscale neighborhood for a couple of years. They are now house hunting because the asshole who moved in next door SAVES LIVES and is REALLY COOL. They will be loosing thousands of dollars in fees just to get away from MR. COOL.
Nov 12th 2017, 12:40 PM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by Transported
I really can’t tell the difference between a Harley made last week and one made in 1948. I take it that is what Harley owners like about them.
I hope that's sarcasm rather than complete ignorance.
Nov 12th 2017, 12:45 PM   #29
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cougar
Great. I know a couple who've lived in a very nice, new upscale neighborhood for a couple of years. They are now house hunting because the asshole who moved in next door SAVES LIVES and is REALLY COOL. They will be loosing thousands of dollars in fees just to get away from MR. COOL.
I have heard plenty of sport bikes, and "ricer" cars that were just as loud, if not more so, than most Harleys. And Harley riders are less likely to bounce off the rev limiter in every gear, something you can't say about a lot of sport bike riders.
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Nov 12th 2017, 01:03 PM   #30
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Lowrider S
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cougar
Great. I know a couple who've lived in a very nice, new upscale neighborhood for a couple of years. They are now house hunting because the asshole who moved in next door SAVES LIVES and is REALLY COOL. They will be loosing thousands of dollars in fees just to get away from MR. COOL.


Guess life is rough all over. Count yourself fortunate to have such a little thing seem like such a big deal.
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