The Harley-Davidson Street Glide is a long-time favorite of touring enthusiasts, and the revised 2011 model offers slightly better performance. It comes equipped with a 1584-cc, V-Twin engine that produces 75 horsepower and 101 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is extremely keen, and the transmission provides excellent, trouble-free shifting for a smooth ride. It features 18-inch wheels for plenty of traction, and it even has the option of anti-lock brakes for additional safety and stopping power. The anti-lock brakes can come with the Power Pak upgrade package, which also includes a security system and some slight modifications to the bike's performance.
The seating is excellent for a driver, although a passenger won't find much room on the rear seat. The seating can be updated, and a sidecar can be added as well. The suspension is excellent on smooth services, but some bumpy services may cause the bike to bottom out easily. The cockpit offers plenty of room, and the instrumentation is clear and easy to read. The handlebars are well spaced for comfort, and the wind deflector does a good job keeping the cold wind from the rider's face. Unfortunately, the wind deflector may also cause some amount of turbulence when reaching high speeds. Saddlebags and a stereo are standard fare. The saddlebags are a little lacking in space, but with the addition of a top box, this won't be a problem.
The agility of the Street Glide fits the name perfectly. Overall, the Street Glide is ideal for simple, non-aggressive touring. The engine runs quiet, and the design is exceptionally gorgeous. The size of the engine allows for speed when necessary, and acceleration is a non-issue. While the bike could be a little higher off the ground and be a little bit sportier, the very comfortable saddle and easy riding position make it an exceptional ride for longer trips.