2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special Motorcycle Review

2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special Motorcycle Review – Yes I misspoke on the intro – the cone guy derailed my train of thought LOL! This is a near-the-top long distance cruiser example from Harley Davidson featuring their new 107 Milwaukee Eight engine design. It’s big new trick is finally having 4 valves per cylinder, giving quieter, smoother operation while increasing efficiency and power output by a claimed 10%. In operation, it feels like it has every bit of it’s on-paper 111 lbs/ft. of torque from idle to just north of 3k where it starts to taper off to the low 5.5k redline. Overall it’s a welcome change for the company, improving on a solid engine lineup in all areas. The stock sound is great, with an exciting note above 2,000 rpm but staying near silent just putting down the road. Overall comfort is excellent with a near perfect geometry for long distance cruising. A wide, cupped and supportive seat, sit up and beg position with perfect grip and control layouts. Quite a bit of wind deflection which may or may not be a plus, depending on your needs. The infotainment system works very well and is easily readable in all conditions. The basic gauges are easily read as well although with a full helmet they are just out of sight. The suspension is all about soaking up bumps, with a plush springy front end, lots of nose dive and the lean angle is minimal. If you are in the cruiser market this might be the sweet spot for a Harley Davidson. Note, the main differences between the Road Glide and this Road Glide Special is a 2″ larger infotainment display and standard security. It’s over 00 difference in cost, so it’s certainly a huge premium for a little bit of electronics.

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20 thoughts on “2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special Motorcycle Review

  • October 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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    Beautiful bike!! The buttons by the bars (three on each side) are for original aux buttons for like led lights or other accessories you can add later, heated seats or what not

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  • October 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm
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    So is this bike more comfortable than your FJR?

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  • October 23, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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    I love that paint so that sucks.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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    hey buddy I'm thinking of buying 1 would u  buy the streetglide or roadglide

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  • October 23, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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    in aus harley roadglide spl cost au 37 k

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  • October 23, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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    I saw that color the other day at Adamec, but it is flashier in person…too much flake…Great bike though. I rode one and I'm sold. I agree wit you as I was really surprised by the stock pipe's sound, amazing for stock.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    Looks like the perfect bike to take on the next Dragon trip and have yourself a little parade of one.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm
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    Huh. Harley via evinrude.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm
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    My friend and neighbor just bought a '17 Laguna Orange Street Glide with the Screaming Eagle up-grades and he loves it. We took a spirited ride west on Highway 20 to Fort Bragg, California a couple weeks ago. I was on my '06 Yamaha Stratoliner with it's 113 C.I. and we seemed neck n neck, but he corners better than I do. I'm looking forward to a freeway entry opening up of the bikes to see which bike is faster on a straight-away. He's had the first service done at his dealership and he's done with the break-in procedure.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 9:48 pm
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    like the look of the bike in front of you

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  • October 23, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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    Pretty cool……87degrees!

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  • October 23, 2016 at 11:05 pm
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    Great review brother, I love my Road Glide Ultra and I am afraid to test ride one with the Milwaukee eight because I don't want to find that I want a new one LOL, I demoed the new street glide though and that was very nice as well.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 11:27 pm
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    The front on these bikes is really displeasing to look at…

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  • October 24, 2016 at 12:02 am
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    Its a Road GLIDE not a Road King. Stick to your FJR's!

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  • October 24, 2016 at 12:40 am
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    Great review! I've been looking forward to this!

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  • October 24, 2016 at 1:08 am
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    Most of the "gauges" that you say are "on a gold wing" are there, you access them from the infotainment screen.    Milwaukee 8 bikes have a new engine, clutch (no "clunk"), and suspension. Also, the "Hard Candy Black Gold Flake" is available for 2017. Finally, the "buttons" are for adding electronics, like auxiliary lights.  I agree about the gear indicator.  But, it is a lot easier to see on the black gauges (Road Glide Ultra).

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  • October 24, 2016 at 2:00 am
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    From 1st gear to top gear then open the throttle did i hear corectley?

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  • October 24, 2016 at 2:21 am
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    If you want to try a cruiser with a high rev limit check out the vulcan 900, i have last years custom and it has somthing like an 8k redline and with the customs thin front wheel it just glides and is quite flickable for a 300kg hunk of metal. the only real problem i have with it
    is that it gets alot of vibration around 70mph due to the lack of a 6th gear.

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  • October 24, 2016 at 3:06 am
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    Bryan who's the artist/song that you use in the beginning? Do they have a channel/can you link it? It sounds like Kygo

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  • October 24, 2016 at 3:53 am
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    Bryan who's the artist/song that you use in the beginning? Do they have a channel/can you link it? It sounds like Kygo

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