2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide

The iconic baggers get complete makeovers for 2024

By Jenna Lucky, Photos by Brian J. Nelson and Kevin Wing

Road Glide and Street Glide Makeovers

The new 2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide are in dealerships and turning heads everywhere. Testing these changes firsthand in Las Vegas at a recent press launch, the battle over which Glide is better will always be a personal preference conversation. I listen as riders express their fierce passions for each model.

2024 Harley Street Glide woman rider
Jenna tests the brand new Street Glide on the canyons around Las Vegas. She is wearing Harley-Davidson’s Willie G Auroral II 3-in-1 leather riding jacket ($600) and a Shoei RF-1400 helmet.

Feeling like a kid in the candy store, I make my way through a sea of Street Glides and Road Glides. With eight colors and two trim packages to choose from, picking my favorite is hard. Walking around these beauties, I just want to stand back and stare.

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide side by side
Sitting side-by-side, you can easily distinguish the new front fairing design of the fork-mounted Street Glide (left) and frame-mounted Road Glide (right). Both display Harley-Davidson’s new LED and accent lighting designs.

New Fairings

Harley-Davidson remastered the front fairings of both the Road Glide and Street Glide with a well-deserved design upgrade which we first saw in WRN’s review of the CVO models of these bikes. The new computational fluid dynamic (CFD) fairings improve aerodynamics, making wind buffering and rider fatigue issues of the past.

woman riding 2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
The new integrated LED turn signal and accent lighting on the front fairing of the Road Glide sets it apart and is highly visible.

Each fairing has a more distinctive look with accent lighting that highlights their silhouettes and integrated LED lighting that blends the blinkers into the fairing nicely. While riders may be drawn by the allure of this new lighting scheme, it doubles as a safety improvement and makes riders easier to see day or night.

2024 Harley Road Glide Street Glide saddlebags
Out back, the saddlebags appear shorter but are slightly wider and can hold 2.42 cubic feet of storage. Harley-Davidson deleted the space between the rear fender and the saddlebags which makes the look super clean now with LED brake lights and integrated blinkers.

Road Glide and Street Glide Diet Plan

Both Glides have undergone weight reduction due to the lighter materials used in the manufacturing process. Lifting the Road Glide from the sidestand, I immediately feel how much lighter 835 pounds is—16 pounds to be exact. The 10-inch handlebar is higher than the previous version, but the reduced weight and low center of gravity in combination with the stable handlebar reach makes uprighting the big bagger pretty easy.

Road Glide seat height woman rider
Jenna sits comfortably on the sleek, newly-designed Harley-Davidson Road Glide. She is 5 feet 7 inches with a 30-inch inseam and the Road Glide’s low 26.6-inch seat height allows her to easily reach the ground.
2024 Harley-Davidson Street Glide seat height woman rider
The Street Glide’s seat is even lower, at 26.1 inches.

In comparison, the Street Glide dropped 18 pounds and now weighs 811 pounds. Raising the Street Glide off the stand, the bike initially feels lighter, but trying to straighten the front wheel gives me the same old feeling of having to pull hard on the handlebar to gain control over the weight of the fork-mounted fairing.

2024 Street Glide inner fairing rider pov
The Street Glide’s handlebar is 8 inches high and is mounted under the fairing. This may contribute to its top-heavy feel as the fairing sits on the front forks. Mind you, the handlebars of both bikes can be pivoted for a customized fit.

Better Aerodynamics

The new fairings and windshield design moves the air around and above me with no air hitting the center of my helmet, avoiding head buffering at highway speed. Adjustable open-air vanes on both bikes allow for wind flow alteration. Additionally, they come equipped with adjustable deflectors on the base of the fairing that can be moved independently to deflect wind and rain.

2024 Harley Street Glide fairing vent
Right below the windshield is the moveable wind vane and the wind vane toggle switch to the left. Riders should fine-tune where to direct air flow to reduce head buffeting.
2024 Road Glide fairing
The left and right sides of the fairing on both bikes get adjustable wind and rain deflectors.
2024 Harley Street Glide woman rider
The stock windshields on both bikes are low which directs air over the rider’s head, but they are easy to replace with higher ones from the parts catalog if that’s your preference.

Show Me the Power

For 2024, Harley-Davidson upgraded the Street Glide and Road Glide baggers with the new Milwaukee Eight Engine 117 V-twin. It is a force to be reckoned with—new liquid-cooled heads and air intake push out a strong 105 horsepower. The rider benefits from the new air flow, as the rear head gets cool first, taking some heat off the rider in traffic.

2024 Harley-Davidson 117 inch engine
Harley-Davidson’s new Milwaukee-Eight 117 is exclusive to the 2024 Road Glide and Street Glide. Both models are offered in black or chrome trim versions.

The power delivery is instant as soon as I leave the parking lot, translating into a surprisingly fast and smooth take-off. I smile before I even shift into second gear. The handling through the canyons is excellent. As I go through all six gears, I notice the power does not plateau. Cornering is a pleasure sweeping through in Sport mode and highlighting the Cornering Traction Control. There is more stability and connection with the steady throttle delivery.

Safety-driven tech enhancements are a confidence booster in many riding conditions. Standard equipment now includes Cornering Electronically Linked Brakes (C-ELB), Cornering ABS (C-ABS), Cornering Traction Control (C-TCS), Cornering Drag Torque Slip Control (C-DSCS), Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), and Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPMS).

2024 Harley-Davidson Street Glide woman riding
Ride modes work with rider safety enhancements to match performance with available traction during acceleration, deceleration, and braking.

Ride modes allow riders to choose between Sport, Road, Rain, and one custom map. These modes act as electronically modified maps, adjusting power delivery and braking depending on your choice.

Bigger Infotainment at Your Fingertips

Like on Harley-Davidson’s 2023 CVO baggers, the in-dash experience for the 2024 Road Glide and Street Glide is all new. The big 12.3-inch TFT display is powered by Harley-Davidson Skyline OS. The fully customizable in-dash infotainment center offers navigation and three different display modes—Sport, Touring, and Road.

2024 Harley bagger TFT screen
Just like on the 2023 CVOs, the TFT screen offers a plethora of information in a beautifully-designed, customizable layout. The drawer under the screen on the Street Glide comes with a USB-C charger inside, too!
2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide cockpit inner fairing
The charger on the Road Glide is in the right side storage pocket in the fairing. These deep pockets now have a “push to open” feature but are still not lockable.
Left hand control Harley bagger
The left hand grip is fitted with control buttons such as cruise control, traction control, horn, left blinker, and display modes and toggle switch to move through the infotainment display.
harley bagger right hand grip
The right hand grip has run, stop, and hazard switches, a toggle switch that adjusts the music volume and phone controls, ride modes, and the right blinker.

The brake lever now comes with an adjustment dial so that the reach distance can be modified. This adjustment can bring the lever closer to allow a full four-finger braking application for riders with small hands.

Travel in Comfort

Besides the new Road Glide and Street Glide fairings which are more aerodynamic (a claimed 60% improvement), Harley gives us several other features for long haul comfort. Most significantly, doubling the amount of rear shock travel is a huge improvement. A retuned front suspension is designed to match the rear for a smooth ride.

2024 Harley bagger shock
The upgraded Showa rear suspension system is adjustable and now offers 3 inches of travel—a 50% increase from last year’s model! The manual hand adjustment is behind the left saddlebag. This is a welcome upgrade from the single adjustable shock suspension on prior year models.

The seat on the 2024 Road Glide and Street Glide rotates the riders hips for reduced fatigue on rider’s hips and neck. It feels more comfortable than ever, and keeps riders in a more upright riding position.

2024 Road Glide seat
The seat on the Road Glide and the Street Glide is soft and comfortable with a slightly wide width. As always, Harley-Davidson Genuine Accessories offer a number of seats to choose from to customize the ride.

I am happy to find heated gear connections now come standard on the Road Glide and Street Glide. There are two pre-wired female heated plugs stored under the seat. A USB plug and SAE pre-wired pigtail, also known as a trickle charger plug, are still standard.

2024 Street Glide Road Glide heated gear plug
One of my favorite additions to the new Glides is two female leads under the seat for rider and passenger to plug in heated gear.
2024 Road Glide bagger woman rider
Of the two, my preference is for the Road Glide, as I enjoy the handling characteristics of the frame-mounted fairing.

Specs at a Glance

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Street Glide
Engine Size: 1923cc
Seat Height: 26.6 inches / 26.1 inches
Fuel Capacity: 6 gallons
Wet Weight: 835 pounds / 811 pounds
Colors: Billiard Grey, Vivid Black, White Onyx Pearl, Whiskey Fire, Blue Burst, Alpine Green, Atlas Silver Metallic, Sharkskin Blue
MSRP: $25,999

WRN Recommendation

Harley-Davidson’s Road Glide and Street Glide have long been top-sellers and women’s favorite touring motorcycles because of their versatility and style. The new models carry on this legacy as great in-town motorcycles for confident riders and perfect for serious long-distance riding. The reduction in weight, better aerodynamics, updated tech, and adjustability options offers even more comfort and confidence to riders. If you’ve been waiting, now is the time to trade up to one of Harley’s most popular and powerful baggers.

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