Harley-Davidson doesn’t reveal sales figures for individual models—-Still, it’s no secret that the bagger touring models outsell the rest of the line. If you ask sales people at several Harley dealerships what their most popular bagger is, they’ll tell you it’s the Street Glide without question.
Consequently, a CVO Screamin’ Eagle version of the Street Glide was a no brainer in 2010. Obviously, the 2010 Screamin’ Eagle Street Glide sold well enough to offer a 2011 version as well. One of the great features of all the HD S/E models is the beautiful custom paint lavished on these motorcycles. For 2011, the Street Glide is offered in Kryptonite/Black Diamond, Black Diamond/Inferno Orange, Autumn Haze/Antique Gun Stock and Black Diamond/Crimson Tag Graphics.
Thankfully, the paint patterns aren’t anywhere near as busy as the names bestowed upon them by the Motor Company. Personally, I think the CVO people have the right idea. An overly busy paint job may look good at first, but after a few months of looking at it, they can become tiring. After a few years a busy paint job also begins to look dated. I’ll take subtle quality anytime.
Fortunately, that’s exactly what you get with the Street Glide Screamin’ Eagle paint pallet. In addition to the custom paint, the SE buyer gets tons of other custom features. Unique to the CVO Street Glide model is a new tank console and flush mounted fuel filler and fuel gauge along with a CVO logo inserted into the console. Above the console, the inside of the fairing is adorned with the same custom paint as the rest of the bike. In addition to the larger speakers that are fitted to the fairing this year are tweeters to catch all the musical highs. Below the fairing are lowers also equipped with speakers.
Out back, the saddlebags are extended to partially cover the mufflers. The tips of the mufflers have touring billet end caps in contrasting chrome and black accents. Between the saddlebags and the fender are filler strips with LED combination stop/turn tail lights. Mounted to the fender you’ll also find a quick release passenger backrest.
Adding to the custom look this year are seven spoke contrast chrome and black wheels. Up front, the 19″ wheel with low profile 130/60/19 tire is the largest ever fitted to an HD Touring bike. Out back, the 18″ wheel holds a 180/55 tire.
Of course, everything your hands touch is bathed in chrome. The full list of custom features on the SE Street Glide is way too long to cover here. The heart of the bike is the now familiar 110 cubic inch V-twin Screamin’ Eagle motor which puts out enough horsepower and torque to satisfy just about any touring rider.
There’s no question the SE Street Glide has the custom look to satisfy the most demanding rider. The question is, does the Street Glide have the performance to back up the look? The answer is a resounding, YES. From the moment I thumbed the starter and the Screamin’ Eagle motor sprang to life, I knew I was on a special Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Throttle response is immediate, the bike even seemed to idle smoother than any Harley I’ve ridden with the possible exception of the V-Rod. The sweet sounding Screamin’ Eagle exhaust has a nice throaty sound; I would imagine few buyers will change this exhaust system.
The hydraulic clutch has a very progressive and wide friction zone. With The torque of the SE motor, the bike practically leaps forward. With just a little bit too much throttle, you can easily break the rear wheel loose. A hard shift to 2nd gear actually throws you back in the saddle. The bike easily hits red line and never seems to run out of breath. In short, there’s plenty of acceleration in any and all gears. With the six speed transmission cruising well over the speed limit on the interstate, this powerful bike is just loafing along.
The Street Glide rides on the firm side. That’s to be expected with this low profile performance tires and slammed rear end suspension. The good news is, the low profile tires make turn-ins very quick; at full lean at 50 or 60 mph on a long sweeper, the Street Glide easily holds the line. At low speeds and around town riding, the Street Glide along with all Harley-Davidson touring bikes are the most nimble and maneuverable heavyweight cruisers on the planet.
Dislikes? I couldn’t find any. This is a smooth powerful, great handling motorcycle with all the bling and custom looks one could possibly want or desire. The only thing I would add to this bike is rear bag guards. With the extended bags and the beautiful custom paint, without the rear bag guards a tip over will be quite costly. That’s about the only thing I found missing on the Street Glide. MSRP is $32,499.00, of course that’s not cheap if you consider what it would cost to add all the standard equipment of the SE to your average Street Glide, its money well spent.
For a closer look at this motorcycle as well as the entire Screamin Eagle line, head up to Crystal River Harley-Davidson, 1785 U. S. Hwy. 19 (S. Suncoast Blvd.), Homosassa, FL 34448, 352-563-9900, ask for Warren or Brady, tell them Motorman sent ya.
Copyright 2010 Jerry “Motorman” Palladino