Harley-Davidson has unveiled up to date variations of its Street Glide and Avenue Glide bikes for 2024, together with a brand new CVO model of the Street Glide, and we admit to salivating on the prospect of using all of them.
For these of you who haven’t loved the joys of chasing the horizon on a giant Harley bagger, I extremely suggest you place it excessive in your bucket record.
The sound, the vibrations, the massive slab of torque, and the exhilaration of hustling 380kg of metallic down the street all mix to create a motorcycling expertise like no different. And the 2024 Street Glide, Avenue Glide, and CVO Street Glide ST, are the proper bikes to expertise it on.
So, what’s new for 2024? Effectively, Harley-Davidson says the bikes’ updates for 2024 have made them extra highly effective, extra snug, and lighter, whereas packing loads of superior know-how.
ABR might be take a look at using these bikes quickly, however within the meantime, let’s check out the brand new variations of the Street Glide and Avenue Glide, and we’ll get to the CVO mannequin (and it’s £38,995 price ticket) in a second.
2024 Harley-Davidson Street Glide and Avenue Glide
Photograph: 2024 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Each bikes at the moment are powered by an up to date model of Harley’s 1,923cc Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin engine that includes a new cooling system to enhances consumption and exhaust movement, and increase efficiency.
The 1,923cc motor now makes 105bhp and a whopping 176Nm of torque, which compares favourably to the 93bhp and 158Nm of torque turned out by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 present in final yr’s bikes.
You’ll be able to regulate the engine’s traits via using 4 rider modes, Street, Sport, and Rain, together with a Customized mode that lets you create your individual Goldilocks arrange.
Harley additionally says the modifications to the engine will cut back the quantity of warmth felt by the rider in a bid to enhance consolation, which is a giant plus on these sizzling summer season excursions in Spain.
And in an extra bid to reinforce rider consolation, significantly for touring, Harley-Davidson’s designers have been spending their days analysing wind tunnel knowledge to create a new profile for the fairing and windscreen on each fashions to enhance airflow.
Photograph: 2024 Harley-Davidson Avenue Glide
This, together with adjustable air vanes that will let you tune that airflow, will cut back helmet buffeting at motorway speeds by a median of 60%, based on the producer (though this may clearly rely upon how tall you’re).
Elsewhere, rear suspension journey on the Street Glide and Avenue Glide’s twin shocks has been elevated to 76mm to offer a smoother journey. And with one other nod to touring consolation, the one-piece seat has been redesigned on each fashions to be kinder to your bottom over lengthy distances.
And for these of you who like nothing higher than blasting out Zeppelin whereas cruising alongside within the sunshine (and I rely myself amongst you), you’ll discover a new 200-watt amp powering a set of onboard audio system worthy of any Jimmy Web page riff.
Photograph: Each the Avenue Glide and Street Glide characteristic a brand new TFT show
Whereas a Harley-Davidson bagger may by no means be described as light-weight, Milwaukee’s most interesting have managed to shave off a number of kilos for 2024. The Street Glide now weighs in at 380kg moist in comparison with 387kg in 2023, and the Avenue Glide ideas the scales at 368kg moist, versus 375kg final yr.
Each bikes are nonetheless hefty machines, however a seat top of 720mm on the Street Glide and 715mm on the Avenue Glide will enable shorter rides to get their toes down, making each baggers extra accessible than their weight suggests.
Photograph: The joys of touring on bagger is not like the rest
As touring machines for road-based adventures, huge baggers are a pleasure to journey, combining consolation and character like no different sort of motorbike. And Harley’s up to date fashions are additionally sensible with built-in baggage and a 22.7l gas tank on each bikes, providing you with round 200 between fills ups.
However with a price ticket of £27,295 for the Street Glide and £26,795 for the Avenue Glide, you’re going to want to dig deep to reside out your bagger dream. However belief me, whenever you’re on the open street chasing one more horizon, you’ll be satisfied it’s price each penny.
2024 CVO Street Glide ST
Photograph: The 2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide ST
For these of you with deeper pockets, and a want for ‘the quickest, and most-sophisticated efficiency bagger ever produced by Harley-Davidson’, let me current to you the 2024 CVO Street Glide ST.
For the uninitiated, CVO means Customized Automobile Operations, a reputation that’s given to the top quality and greatest geared up bikes in Harley-Davidson’s steady. So, the producer has taken the usual Street Glide and lavished it with each potential efficiency, consolation, and styling enhancement it may consider. And boy, what a motorcycle it’s.
So, what are you able to count on for near £40,000. Effectively, the bike is powered by an engine unique to the CVO Street Glide ST. It’s a 1,977cc Milwaukee-Eight 121 Excessive Output V-twin that has been tuned to provide 127bhp and an unimaginable 193Nm of torque.
It’s probably the most horsepower and torque ever produced from a factory-installed engine in a manufacturing Harley-Davidson, so you possibly can count on blistering acceleration and a raucous journey.
Photograph: The Golden White Pearl paint scheme on the CVO Street Glide ST
To additional increase the bike’s efficiency, its weight has been trimmed to 363kg via using light-weight supplies, together with carbon titanium on the muffler, and carbon fibre on the mud guard, seat cowl, oil pan, and extra.
You’ll additionally get prime finish Brembo brakes, absolutely adjustable Showa suspension entrance and rear, together with a set of know-how. This contains further rider modes (Observe and Observe Plus), and a premium audio system that includes a 500-watt amplifier.
And naturally, being a CVO mannequin, you get the selection of premium paint finishes: Golden White Pearl or Raven Metallic, in addition to CVO unique graphics. In case you’re on the lookout for the final word Harley-Davidson bagger expertise, look no additional.
I’ll be reviewing the 2024 mannequin Street Glide and Avenue Glide in an upcoming challenge of Journey Bike Rider journal. However within the meantime, take a look at this promotional video from Harley-Davidson exhibiting the 2024 Street Glide in motion.