Here is a better than most road review of the 2017 Street Glide Special with the new Milwaukee Eight engine. The Harley Davidson Street Glide Special is certainly a superb looking bike and helped along the road very nicely with the all new Milwaukee Eight engine.
Any new engine is a massive achievement for HD. Now 113 years old this is only the eighth time HD have produced a new engine, thats an average of 14 years per model, and is its biggest launch since 1998 when the Twin Cam was introduced. HD have gone back to a single cam pushrod operated valves – 4 per cylinder- and it seems HD have gone this way as this set up is lighter, less complex and quieter than overhead cams. Along with a combination of air and liquid cooling, twin spark plugs per cylinder, an alternator charging at 50% higher output to better cope with the ever increasing number of electrical reliant components that motorcycles are fitted with, improved suspension, plus the usual list of other improvements that you do when planning a new design.
All this takes time and HD has been working solidly for the past 18 months or so getting ready for this new engine and modifying its various models so it can fit the engine into the bikes frame.. Not an easy task as this involved hundreds of workers to carry out these modifications, and do it without any extra factory space. With the weakening of the heavier motorcycle market in America along with continual increased competition from Indian, Victory and imported heavyweights this had to be done. In addition to this HD have been dogged with recalls involving hundreds of thousands of bikes, and this hasn’t done their reputation any good. Some recalls can’t be helped as they may not show until thousands of miles are up, and then only in certain circumstances, but a recall is still a recall, they are costly and diminish a company’s reputation. Here is to Harley Davidson being able to put past major recalls behind them and get on with the job of designing, building and marketing the best known motorcycle in the world.
Harley dropped some models and improved on the others, as this Street Glide shows.
Special thanks to Harley Trek for this video, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.