The Motor Company has performance in mind, still basking in the glow of its recent King of the Baggers Championship victory, and is celebrating that achievement with three new 2022 ST models: the Road Glide ST, Street Glide ST and Low Rider ST. Each takes a healthy dose of inspiration from complete Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle race bikes, with a host of blacked-out components, Screamin’ Eagle performance accessories, upgraded shocks and the mighty 117ci Milwaukee-Eight engine.
Since its introduction in 2006, the Street Glide has solidified itself as a prominent member of the Grand America Touring family, and the 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST aims to see the country at a faster pace than its siblings and sisters.
We headed to India Motorsports Ranch outside of Willcox, Arizona to see what the new Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST had in store. Now, without further ado, let’s get to the highlights.
- The Milwaukee-Eight 117ci V-Twin engine is a torque-rich beast ready for the long haul. What was once exclusive to CVO models comes from HD’s highest office, bringing dyno-boosting components like the Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather intake, high-performance cam and tuned exhaust system. We work with 127 ft-lbs of torque at an incredibly low 3750 rpm, giving you access to all that low end on a whim, which is 9 ft-lbs over the 114. Smooth, sophisticated and as muscular as it gets, the 1923cc M8 engine delivers excellent fuel delivery throughout the rev range and doesn’t get excessive heat when cooking in the Sonoran desert sun.
- As is tradition, the robust six-speed Cruise Drive gearbox is the status quo with the M8 powertrain. Slipping the Street Glide ST’s clutch requires a vigorous pull, though we should note that’s significantly less than was seen with the Twin Cam. Shifting is robust, matching the massive personality of the V-Twin. Drag-Torque Slip-Control, part of the optional Reflex Defensive Rider system, is quite effective at reducing wheel hop and maintaining control while downshifting aggressively.
- The Street Glide ST takes the handling of this bagger in a sportier direction. In each of its iterations, the Street Glide has consistently impressed with its sheer stability through the use of a wide 64-inch wheelbase, moderate 26-degree rake, and 3.25-degree fork angle. additional. Geometry numbers like this are sure to translate to a safe chassis. The new shocks provide three inches of suspension travel, nearly an inch more than the Street Glide and Street Glide Special, lifting the rear to help the ST rock through corners with a little more pep in its step.
- Showa takes care of suspension duties. Let’s get into the details of the SG’s straps, which see Showa’s non-adjustable Dual Bending Valve fork return to the fold. As usual, the Showa fork absorbs hits well and helps the SG hold its line. Meanwhile, the upgraded shocks are a definite improvement, to some extent. Bigger bumps and bruises are handled better than SG with less travel, but the damping can still be just as harsh, especially on washboard asphalt.
- Standard bags maintain the look of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST while increasing the look. On paper, the ST’s maximum lean angle values have not changed from the standard and Special SG models – 32 degrees right and 31 left. According to HD staff, this is due to the SAE J1168 test method. Well, in practice it made more ground clearance visually and practically, as the SG ST has a bit more headroom before dragging hard parts than its brethren. Of course, the one-touch lock bags offer a spacious storage space of 2.3 cubic feet.
- Black it out and put it away is the motto of ST. Harley designers took a page from Kyle Wyman’s championship-winning Road Glide Special and bathed nearly every component in inky black, from nose to tail. The only shiny bits remaining are the machined cylinder heads, tappet covers and push rod tubes on the 117 engine. The Matte Dark Bronze finishes, found on the cast aluminum Prodigy wheels, lower rocker arm , timing cover and intake medallions, plus classic HD script on the fuel tank and abbreviated fender. In total, it saves 13 pounds against the SG Special.
- The boom ! The Box GTS infotainment system is more user-friendly than ever. The touchscreen can be operated with a gloved hand, or you can navigate the menu from the hand controls, either way it’s relatively intuitive. Answer calls, reference onboard navigation or select tunes with ease. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are supported, making smartphone integration seamless. Finally, the audio quality is impressive, even with a full-face helmet and earplugs.
- Relaxed ergonomics are an integral part of the SG. Falling into the performance bagger motif is a 26.7-inch-tall solo seat. With low seat heights, it’s no surprise that Harley-Davidson touring models are popular among riders with shorter inseam lengths, and the Street Glide variants are particularly low. The SG’s relaxed riding position is still slightly more aggressive than its Road Glide cousins, but comfortable over long distances. The batwing fairing provides good wind protection and provides ventilation if you enjoy a bit of a breeze during your ride – in windy conditions the fork-mounted fairing is more susceptible to crosswinds.
- Stopping power is abundant aboard this touring motorcycle. The braking system is unchanged for the 2022 model year, with four-piston calipers and 300mm rotors adorning this 814-pound machine. As we expected, the stopping power is more than adequate to haul this beast to a quick stop, although it does require a firm pull on the lever. ABS and linked braking are standard, meaning front and rear will work in unison, depending on the situation. The only hiccup in braking is the Heavy Breather intake, which sits right in the way of your right leg while reaching for the rear brake pedal.
- Harley-Davidson’s Reflex Defensive Rider system is a $995 option. RDRS is HD’s driver assistance package that adds IMU supported cornering ABS, lean angle sensing traction control, engine brake control, hold control vehicle and a tire pressure monitoring system. Sightseeing means you’ll take the weather as it comes, and safety features like this can come in handy. With a base MSRP of $29,999, you might think these features should be standard—you have to upgrade to the CVO Street Glide for that to happen. Two paint choices – Vivid Black and Gunship Gray (tested) – are available, the latter adding $575 to the price.
- The 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST improves the breed. No one can question the rise of performance-oriented baggers made by those who want greater agility, better ground clearance and, of course, more torque. Compared to its stablemates, the Street Glide ST raises the bar in these areas, although these changes are not dramatic. Visually, The Motor Company is re-embracing the personalized culture and capitalizing on trends that continue to refine its offerings.
Photograph by Brian J. Nelson
2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST Specifications
- Type: Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin
- Displacement: 117 cubic inches (1,923 cc)
- Bore x stroke: 4.075″ x 4.5″
- Maximum power: 106 horsepower at 4750 rpm
- Maximum Torque: 127 ft-lbs at 3,750 rpm
- Compression ratio: 10.5:1
- Valvetrain: single cam with tappets; 4 vpc
- Cooling: Air and oil
- Lubrication: Dry Sump
- Transmission: 6-speed Cruise Drive
- Clutch: Hydraulically actuated with assist and slip functions
- Main Drive: Chain
- Final Drive: Belt
- Frame: Mild tubular steel with stamped and welded two-piece spine
- Front suspension; Travel: 49mm Showa double-bend valve; 4.6 inches
- Rear suspension; Travel: Emulsion shocks with hand-adjustable spring preload; 3 inches
- Wheels: Bronze Prodigy
- Front wheel: 19 x 3.5
- Rear wheel: 18×5
- Front tyre: 130/60×19; Dunlop Harley-Davidson D408F
- Rear tyre: 180/55×18; Dunlop Harley-Davidson D407T
- Front brakes: 300mm floating discs with 4-piston calipers
- Rear brake: 300mm fixed discs with 4-piston caliper
- ABS: Standard
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 64 inches
- Seat height: 28 inches
- Rake: 26 degrees
- Fork angle: 29.25 degrees
- Trail: 6.8 inches
- Fuel capacity: 6 gallons
- Estimated fuel consumption: 41 mpg
- Curb Weight: 814 lbs.
- Colors: Vivid Black; Gunship Gray (+$575)
2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST Price: $29,999 MSRP
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