2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide Evaluation [17 Fast Facts]

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It has been a busy few years for The Motor Firm’s Highway Glide franchise. It began in 2022 with the ST mannequin impressed by MotoAmerica’s King of the Baggers racing sequence. Final yr, the CVO Highway Glide obtained an attention-grabbing revolutionary new fairing, the Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 motor, and loads of different important upgrades. This yr, the ST was promoted to CVO standing. Powered by the brand new M8 121 Excessive Output motor, it’s so performance-oriented that Senior Editor Nic de Sena examined the CVO Highway Glide ST at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Now, we get the usual 2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide, which advantages from lots of the upgrades loved by its current predecessors. Our First Look on the new primary model of the long-lasting bagger whetted our appetites, and now it’s time to go driving.

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Review: For Sale

  1. The 2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide stays true to its bagger roots and Grand America Touring designation. With the CVO Highway Glide ST caring for the throttle jockeys, the standard-issue Highway Glide retains its street- and highway-oriented demeanor. With mini-apes and a relaxed seating place behind the brand new touring-friendly shark-nose fairing, the Highway Glide is simple to trip whenever you need it to be, and quicker than any earlier non-CVO iteration when you may have an itch that must be scratched.
  1. The brand new Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin offers the Highway Glide loads of flexibility. The beast’s energy is simple—130 ft-lbs of torque at 3250 rpm. Roll-on energy is delivered effortlessly and at no matter tempo you want, because of electronics, which we are going to talk about quickly sufficient. For individuals who rely the ponies, there are 105 within the corral, and triple-digit speeds are simply attained on the open highway. Heck, I inadvertently broke the ton by merely accelerating briskly onto an empty native freeway. The 117 positively requires recalibrating your expectations when twisting the Highway Glide’s long-throw throttle, and the brand new fairing makes its personal contribution.

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Review: Specs

  1. This isn’t final yr’s 117. Though the 2024 Highway Glide’s motor shares the identical displacement as an earlier engine, the highest finish has gotten loads of engineering consideration. It begins with a brand new airbox that holds a gallon of air, a 50 p.c improve over the Heavy Breather consumption it replaces. From there, the brand new aluminum consumption manifold is contoured to ship the air extra easily to the EFI’s new 58mm throttle physique (up 3mm from final yr’s 117). The throttle physique is best centered within the V—not you can see it—and it sends the air/gasoline combination to new oval consumption ports above the brand new liquid-cooled cylinder heads. The cylinder heads have incrementally increased compression, deeper-set spark plugs, and a brand new squish band to reinforce torque manufacturing and gasoline effectivity. Now we all know why wicking the throttle open is so satisfying.
  1. To harness the output, the 2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide has Experience modes. The software program engineers thoughtfully programmed Sport, Highway, and Rain modes to get you began. Altering modes means altering the throttle response, energy manufacturing, cornering traction management, engine braking, and cornering ABS sensitivity. The variations between the modes are as refined as a flying mallet.

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Review: TFT dash

  1. Rain mode is regular as she goes. If you happen to solely rode the Highway Glide within the Rain mode, you’d rightfully marvel what all of the discuss of energy is about. Throttle response is leisurely, and there’s not a lot engine braking. We prevented getting the Highway Glide moist however hit some damp patches after heavy rains. The ABS and traction management are, certainly, ramped up. Save this mode for a wet day, whenever you’ll be glad to have it.
  1. For ambling down the freeway, the Highway mode retains issues civilized. I considered this as a cruise management mode. The throttle response in Highway mode is restrained to maintain the chassis as regular as potential. It’s terribly forgiving of throttle enter errors, as nothing occurs shortly. Mid-range energy is reduce, so that you don’t get that satisfying push when rolling on the throttle to cross a car blocking your means. ABS and TC are just about clear on this mode, and engine braking feels pure. I assumed I would love Highway mode for city driving, however the unhurried throttle response didn’t enable me to work by visitors the way in which I like—aggressively. It’s most likely nice should you reside in a regressive state that doesn’t enable lane splitting.

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Review: MSRP

  1. If the brand new 117 motor drew you to the 2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide, then Sport mode is what you’ve been in search of. As you’d anticipate, Sport mode dramatically will increase throttle response, and the entire 117’s pavement-rippling torque is on faucet. Traction management and ABS sensitivities are backed down, although the Highway mode appeared to handle the majority of that change. In distinction with sport bikes, which scale back engine braking in high-performance modes, the Highway Glide ups the compression braking, which I like. Due to the lengthy throw of the throttle, the 117 isn’t jerky, even in Sport mode, although it’s additionally not as responsive as you would possibly need. It’s quick, however there’s nonetheless one thing lacking for the hotrod crowd. Luckily, Harley-Davidson offers you an ace within the gap.
  1. A Customized mode is on the market, and that is likely to be exactly what you’re in search of. All 5 changes discovered within the preset modes will be customized in Customized mode. It’s important to dig a bit into the brand new Skyline OS and TFT show to reach on the Customized’s settings. Nonetheless, whenever you do, you’ll be happy. You can begin with any mode as a base—I went with the Sport mode. I then dialed most throttle response, upped the engine braking, and caught with Highway ABS and TC for security. With these settings saved, I headed for the canyons. The distinction is definitely felt and vastly entertaining. The 117 is quicker than ever, and the throttle response stays simply in need of jerky. I simply rode in suburban avenue visitors with the throttle response cranked all the way in which up—the 117 remained a manageable sweetheart.

  1. The brand new foot-diagonal TFT show is a stunning alternative of the getting older conventional analog-style gauges. Inside the brand new fairing is a whole redesign of the sprint, and for the higher. The TFT show will be configured in 3 ways—Sport (digital-speedo/analogy-style tachometer centered), Cruise (conventional speedo and tach individually displayed), and the progressive Tour (velocity on the left with an unlimited GPS show dominating the sprint). Even inside these show choices, there are sub-options for information presentation. The sprint seems terrific in brilliant solar, and spectacular after darkish. Though I favored the previous Highway Glide’s conventional clocks, the brand new TFT blows them away and I used to be gained over instantly. The commonly intuitive Skyline OS does a implausible job of checking out all of the features and choices, and the UI delivers the UX you need. Die-hard Luddites, put together to vary groups.
  1. The TFT show is a touchscreen design, however there’s a catch. Except you may have the attain of an NBA participant, that characteristic won’t ever come into play. Luckily, the 2 switchgear pods have excellent ergonomics and make it simple to navigate the Skyline OS. The left switchgear takes care of the “data” a part of infotainment, with the fitting switchgear dealing with “tainment”. There’s a 500-watt sound system developed with Rockford Fosgate. Nonetheless, you must trip with a half-helmet or no helmet to understand it. I’m a full-face man, with occasional forays into three-quarter helmets, so that you’ll have to check the sound system with out me.

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Review: Price

  1. All of the motor and electronics enhancements serve the improved chassis. The fixed-damping Showa suspension will get a serious improve for 2024. Rear wheel journey is elevated by virtually half; it’s now three inches, and the inverted Twin Bending Valve fork will get new settings to enrich the journey improve for the emulsion shock and the 117’s extra energy. The Highway Glide additionally went on a lightweight weight loss program, shedding 16 kilos. A lot of that misplaced weight is up excessive because of a thinner-skinned gasoline tank and new cast aluminum triple clamps. Dropping pounds so removed from the middle of gravity enhances the effectiveness of mass discount.
  1. The 2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide handles higher than ever, although it’s nonetheless a touring bagger at coronary heart. The ape-style handlebar is the star participant. It’s tall, large, and rubber-mounted. That strikes the Highway Glide out of the King of the Baggers territory and into the normal travel-oriented bagger area. Your fists are excessive within the wind, which seems good whether or not you’re cruising down the freeway or by an city jungle. The brand new seat is comfy and places you within the correct posture for all-day rides. Vibration is saved at a minimal, besides at a cease the place there’s nonetheless some dancing at idle—at all times a very good look. The brand new fairing reduces turbulence, although it’s essential to correctly modify the Splitstream vent. That’s a hit-or-miss proposition, as it’s essential to reposition your self to vary the vent’s angle. As soon as set, although, you’re good.

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  1. If you happen to’re touching down in corners, you’re driving laborious. With the extra rear wheel journey and the 19-/18-inch wheelset, cornering clearance is beneficiant. Most individuals can trip as laborious as they please, and nothing will contact down. The upgraded suspension works nicely, even on rougher roads and corners with less-than-perfect paving. The Dunlop tires have Harley-Davidson branding, they usually do each firms proud as they supply a assured really feel to the tip of the cornering clearance.
  1. Irrespective of your velocity, the Highway Glide’s triple-disc braking system has your again. It’s an electronically linked system, so whether or not you employ the brake lever or pedal, all three discs (320s up entrance, 300 within the rear) take part in deceleration. The 130mm 19-inch entrance Dunlop is okay with utilizing the entrance brake, so long as you aren’t overly aggressive. Consequently, I skilled myself to depend on the brake pedal except I completely wanted most braking. Whereas it feels bizarre to make use of the brake pedal fairly than the hand lever when hustling by the twisties, that’s the recent set-up—loads of braking, much less chassis disruption as you enter the nook, and a superior handlebar grip. Bear in mind, you’re working with an 838-pound motorbike with the six-gallon tank topped off—don’t anticipate an excessive amount of from a narrowish entrance tire.

  1. Along with the adjustable digital settings within the modes, different aids are working behind the scenes on the 2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide. You additionally get deceleration traction management (reduces engine braking to stop skidding), hill maintain management (works nice and has a warning gentle), and tire strain monitoring. Oh, and don’t neglect the wonderful, simply operated cruise management. That’s a pleasant electronics suite for the standard mannequin. The one factor lacking are heated grips, which I seen on winter rides.
  1. Whereas some folks won’t like the brand new shark nostril—some folks at all times resist change—they’ll quickly be a small minority. Simply a few lights away from the Harley-Davidson Fleet Middle, I obtained the primary “Good bike” remark. A few miles later, a man throughout a broad intersection honked to get my consideration so he might give me a thumbs-up. Varied compliments adopted, and nobody sneered on the new fairing. In individual, it seems cool and extra like a shark nostril than the previous fairing, which now appears to look extra like a college bus entrance finish—I by no means seen that earlier than. The radiator is properly camouflaged behind a chin fairing. I like how the brand new airbox seems, however not that it hides a lot of the trip facet of the 117’s stunning cylinders—unavoidable, little doubt.

Shark-nose fairing

  1. The 2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide is an enchancment in each means over the RG Particular it replaces. I reviewed the RG Particular final yr, and favored it fairly a bit. Having stated that, the brand new Highway Glide is an advance in each means. Harley-Davidson continues to enhance the touring breed. Typically, the developments are incremental. This time, we’re having fun with a large leap ahead. The facility, suspension, dealing with, ergonomics, and, sure, styling are all simple enhancements to the Highway Glide expertise.

Motion pictures by Brian J. Nelson and Kevin Wing
Location nonetheless pictures by Don Williams
Studio pictures by Buddy Willinski 

RIDING STYLE

Helmet: Arai Contour-X
Jacket: Alpinestars Solano
Gloves: Alpinestars Loopy Eight
Denims: Alpinestars Copper V3
Boots: Alpinestars Oscar Monty V2

2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide Specs 

ENGINE

  • Kind: Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin
  • Displacement: 117 cubic inches (1923cc)
  • Bore x stroke: 4.075” x 4.5”
  • Most energy: 105 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
  • Most torque: 130 ft-lbs @ 3250 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 10.3:1
  • Fueling: 58mm throttle physique
  • Valvetrain: Single cam w/ pushrods; 4 vpc
  • Cooling: Air and liquid
  • Lubrication: Dry sump
  • Transmission: 6-speed Cruise Drive
  • Clutch: Moist multiplate w/ help and slipper features
  • Main drive: Chain
  • Ultimate drive: Belt

CHASSIS

  • Body: Delicate tubular metal w/ two-piece stamped and welded spine
  • Entrance suspension; journey: Non-adjustable Showa 49mm Twin Bending Valve; 4.6 inches
  • Rear suspension; journey: Spring-preload adjustable Showa emulsion shocks; 3 inches
  • Wheels: Solid Aluminum
  • Entrance wheel: 19 x 3.5
  • Rear wheel: 18 x 5
  • Entrance tire: 130/60 x 19; Dunlop Harley-Davidson D408F
  • Rear tire: 180/55 x 18; Dunlop Harley-Davidson D407T
    Entrance brakes: 320mm discs w/ 4-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: 300mm disc w/ 4-piston caliper
  • ABS: Commonplace

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES 

  • Wheelbase: 64 inches
  • Rake: 26 levels
  • Fork angle: 29.25 levels
  • Path: 6.8 inches
  • Seat top: 28.3 inches
  • Gas capability: 6 gallons
  • Estimated gasoline consumption: 44 mpg
  • Curb weight: 838 kilos

TRIM OPTIONS 

COLORS

  • Billiard Grey
  • Vivid Black (+$600)
  • White Onyx Pearl (+$850)
  • Whiskey Hearth (+$850)
  • Blue Burst (+$850)
  • Alpine Inexperienced (+$850; Chrome Trim solely)
  • Atlas Silver Metallic (+$850; Black Trim solely)
  • Sharkskin Blue (+$850; Black Trim solely)

2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide Value: $25,999 MSRP

2024 Harley-Davidson Highway Glide Evaluation Photograph Gallery






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With 50 years of driving expertise, Don Williams is a fan of all types of bikes. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dust bikes, touring bikes, journey bikes, twin sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favourite bike is and he’ll inform you, “No matter bike I am on.”




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