The recent launching of a completely new Softail platform was somewhat overshadowed by the attendant axing of Harley’s Dyna platform. But after sampling this newest Softail, the Sport Glide, I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of motojournalists who have been effusive in their praise for the comprehensive engineering that has resulted in the best-performing Softails in H-D’s long history. The Sport Glide, the ninth new Softail, might be the best of the bunch.
“The Softail program gave us the opportunity to reach into new classes,” explained Paul James, H-D’s Manger of Product Portfolio, at the Sport Glide’s riding introduction this week. James, an erstwhile roadracer, says this new Glide hearkens back to the FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s and the FXDXT T-Sport from 2001. Since then, Harley has also sold bikes similar in concept, like the Dyna Convertible and Switchback.
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