2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide (bike review)

Harley-Davidson’s 2022 Sport Glide is the overachiever of the softail family, with surprising versatility and enthusiastic handling capability, it is easy to see why this model has been such a success.

Although it may not have the drool and lust factor of some of Harley’s other softail models like the Breakout and Fat Boy, it may be the undisputed underdog, that might just be the most complete motorcycle in the range.

Featuring removable hard lockable panniers and a nifty front fairing that can be easily removed for cruising, the Sport Glide gives the rider a plethora of visual options as standard kit for their ride.

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It succeeds as a suburban cool cruiser or long distance touring bike. With nimble handling characteristics and power being produced by the tried and tested Milwaukee Eight 107 there is a lot that the Sport Glide offers.

That engine produces 139Nm of torque and scoots the Sport Glide briskly through the backroads, with good pick up under acceleration out of the twisties. It also still maintains mile eating ease during freeway endeavours.

2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

As the Sport Glide has been a staple of the softail line-up since mid 2018, there are an abundance of aftermarket options too, including exhausts, air breathers, cams and other performance upgrades.

Handling is the real highlight though. This is where the Sport Glide establishes its true soul defining characteristics. It reminds us of a more well mannered, less angry Low Rider ST, with its stylish components and easy flowing lines.

Perhaps that easiness is what is most endearing next to the versatility of this motorcycle. Everything form the riding position to the controls are easy to use. The latter feel good, with one touch blinkers, and simple cruise control functionality.

Everything is nice and large, which makes it easy to use, even if riding in thick winter gloves. That simplicity carries through to the analogue/digital speedo, again displaying all required info including speed, revs and fuel range in modern, clear package.

The seating portion on the Sport Glide is nice and upright too, with good reach to the forward foot controls. I wouldn’t like to be much taller than 180cm, as things may start to get a little cramped. That said, there are extension kits available.

2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

The handlebars are within easy reach and that front fairing provides wind buffeting relief off the riders chest, which is well appreciated when riding in an upright cruising position, especially at freeway speeds.

The lockable panniers provide plenty of storage, fitting a well packed back pack in each, without any dramas. Although the panniers are essentially the same as those on the Low Rider ST – the pillion foot pegs are in a more user friendly position.

This ensures the Sport Glide lends itself to two-up riding more. Claiming a lean angle to the right of 28 degrees and 29 degrees to the left, you will still touch the foot pegs down when riding enthusiastically.

On the road, Harley-Davidson’s Sport Glide soaks up the bumps well and dealt with this rider’s 100kg frame well. Front suspension is provided by a single cartridge 43mm inverted fork that features aluminium triple clamps.

Suspension on the rear is provided by the standard adjustable softail setup that can be easily altered via a knob, enabling the rider to easily change things to suit weight, additional luggage or pillion carrying requirements.

2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

The brakes are not quite as aggressive setup wise as on the Low Rider range, which was one of our only disappointments with this model. They feature dual discs up front, whereas the Sport Glide goes with the standard single disc setup.

Although the brakes work adequately, we can’t help but wish it had received the dual disc treatment to go with its dynamic handling characteristics. Overall, Harley-Davidson’s 2022 Sport Glide is the true all rounder of the range.

In our opinion, it also offers the best value, because it’s able to work as a cool street cruiser or touring bike, delivering both in one package. It’s available in four colours including Vivid Black, Vivid Black Deluxe, White Sand Pearl and Gauntlet Grey Metallic.

Pricing starts from $30,250 ride away and the 2022 Sport Glide is backed by Harley-Davidson’s 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Our test bike was provided by Harley-Davidson Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Riding experience
9
Style and comfort
8.25
Braking and handling
8.5
Overall bike performance
8.25
Value for money
9

SUMMARY

Pros – outstanding value; great all-rounder; good handling capability for a cruiser.
Cons – not available with a 114 Milwaukee Eight motor; no dual disc brakes up front.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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<strong>Pros –</strong> outstanding value; great all-rounder; good handling capability for a cruiser.<br> <strong>Cons –</strong> not available with a 114 Milwaukee Eight motor; no dual disc brakes up front.2022 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide (bike review)