2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
Harley-Davidson is renowned for inspiring the cross-country motorcycle experience with its powerful Grand American Touring bikes that deliver the creature comforts needed to make every adventure spectacular. One of the best examples of this is the 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special. As a factory-custom bagger, the Street Glide Special is the ultimate touring bike that can get you through your weekday commute and navigate your next cross-country trip without ever missing a beat or breaking a sweat.
As a bagger, the Street Glide Special is a significant road bike that focuses on comfort and capability with several distinguishing features. For example, it’s less concerned with weight, so it adds saddlebags to give you plenty of storage for gear, groceries, and other items. It’s also designed with fork-mounted fairings that deflect wind and reduce drag as you turn the handlebars, improving your ride and the bike’s handling in any condition. So, what else sets the 2022 Street Glide Special apart from the competition?
Starting at $27,449, the Street Glide Special is an incredible value and lives up to Harley-Davidson’s reputation for building reliable, well-equipped bikes.[a] The Grand American Touring bike offers exceptional power with its Milwaukee-Eight 114 cubic inch V-Twin engine and an array of optional safety enhancements that help you maintain control through curves and other conditions. These features, along with the Street Glide Special’s infotainment system and exclusive two-tone paint schemes, make the 2022 model a must-have for riders looking for the perfect bagger.
Engine: Milwaukee-Eight 114
Torque: (lb-ft) 118
Cargo Space: (cu.ft) 2.5
114 Cubic Inches of Muscle
The heart of any motorcycle is its engine, and the 2022 Street Glide Special is no exception. The Street Glide Special is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, which offers the second-highest displacement in Harley-Davidson’s lineup. Why is this important?
Harley-Davidson made headlines in 2017 with the debut of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 as the larger and more powerful complement to the Milwaukee-Eight 107. Named for its 114 cubic inch displacement, the Milwaukee-Eight 114 has four valves per cylinder and is pushrod operated with a higher compression ratio. This translates to an increase in torque and capability, pushing models like the 2022 Street Glide Special to a new level of power.
The Milwaukee-Eight 114 churns out 118 lb-ft of torque on the Street Glide Special. This gives the bike a quicker acceleration from 0 to 60 mph and ensures you have the power needed to merge into highway traffic. It also means you have plenty of power to navigate away from traffic and quickly pass, optimizing your safety in congested areas and at high speeds.
Of course, in many instances, an increase in power typically leads to excessive vibration and heat. However, Harley-Davidson mitigates this and gives riders more reasons to invest in the Street Glide Special. The Milwaukee-Eight 114 features a redesigned exhaust system that reduces heat absorption to improve rider and passenger comfort. It also comes with a single internal counter-balancer, which actively reduces vibration to give the Street Glide Special a smoother and more refined ride. An added perk is that these improvements maintain the throaty rumble when idling, a signature of every Harley-Davidson on the road.
Design and Build
Built for Comfort
As a bagger, the 2022 Street Glide Special is a larger bike that’s well-balanced and accommodating to a variety of riders. It sits on a 64-inch wheelbase, with its mild steel tubular frame featuring cast and forged junctions and a bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports. When completely finished and outfitted, the bike measures 95.5 inches long and 37.8 inches wide, with an overall height of 52.6 inches. It puts the rider in an upright position with a laden seat height of 26.1 inches for an average 180-pound rider or 27.2 inches unladen. With standard floorboards and an upright seat, comfort is guaranteed.
These measurements are as vital to a rider as a bike’s overall weight, which for the Street Glide Special is on the heavier side because of its stretched saddlebags and many other creature comforts. So, how much does it weigh? Its dry weight, without fluids, is 792 pounds. When it’s ready to ride, it’s 827 pounds and has a gross vehicle weight rating of 1,360 pounds, which includes the rider, a passenger, and gear.
Safe and Responsive Handling
Fortunately, handling this weight is less intimidating, thanks to advanced components like the Reflex Linked Brakes and high-performing front and rear suspension with adjustable rear shocks. The 2022 Street Glide Special comes with standard ABS designed to prevent the wheels from locking, giving the rider greater control when braking in a straight line. Just as important, the bike’s ABS works independently on the front and rear brakes to optimize the rider’s control in situations where emergency braking is critical to avoid a collision or impact.
Along with the advanced brakes, Harley-Davidson enhances the Street Glide Special’s performance with a high-performing and responsive suspension. This suspension improves the bike’s handling and gives you more control over the ride. For example, it takes just a few seconds to adjust the rear shocks before adding a passenger to optimize ride comfort.
These components come together to give the 2022 Street Glide Special its superb handling, capability, and aesthetic. Harley-Davidson takes this aesthetic even further in several unique ways. The stretched saddlebags accentuate the bike’s lower, streamlined profile and give it a bespoke appearance. In addition, Harley-Davidson blacks out or chromes everything from the front forks and handlebars to the tank console and exhaust. The result is an aggressive and modern design enhanced by a unique color palette that includes hues like Black Denim with Chrome Finish and Redline Red with a Black Finish.
One of the most impressive features of a Harley-Davidson bike like the 2022 Street Glide Special is that it’s laden with innovative technology. This technology comes in many different forms, stretching from an infotainment system to a suite of available safety features that further safeguard your time in the saddle. So, what type of cutting-edge tech will you find on the newest Street Glide Special?
For 2022, Harley-Davidson equips the Street Glide Special with a Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Rugged by design, the full-color display is built to withstand any condition and operates seamlessly with touchscreen gloves. Moreover, since it’s made with the lowest reflectivity possible, you won’t have trouble seeing the display in bright conditions.
Beyond its rugged design, the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system keeps you connected and informed when you’re in the saddle. It comes standard with an AM/FM radio, four speakers, SiriusXM presets, and a USB connection. You can access your smartphone via Bluetooth and, depending on your phone, can use text-to-speech to respond to messages. Of course, the display is also home to vital operating data like air temperature and oil pressure, putting everything you need at a glance.
Optional Safety Features
The Street Glide Special’s technology extends beyond the infotainment system to a suite of standard and available rider safety enhancements. Harley-Davidson outfits the Street Glide Special with ABS and electronically linked brakes standard. However, you can add to this technology with a package called Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements. The package outfits the bike with a Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System with standard and rain modes, a Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System, a Cornering Drag-Torque Slip Control System, Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and Hill Hold Control. These tools enhance your safety when traveling through corners and optimize the bike’s handling and traction to help you maintain control.
Get in the Saddle Today!
Are you ready to get in the saddle of a 2022 Street Glide Special? Harley-Davidson’s iconic bagger is renowned for its ability to deliver incredible power without sacrificing comfort. This balance is an integral part of what makes the Street Glide Special one of our top sellers at Republic Harley-Davidson.
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