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2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

As the old saying goes is there anything better than black and chrome. Well the answer to that is an emphatic yes and that is the 2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special presented in Baja Orange and chrome. The big glide is not only a bit special on the eye, it is a beauty on the black stuff as well.

In reality not a whole lot has changed for the 2023 Street Glide special apart from the bike being available in black and chrome packages and some new fancy colour schemes.

With the arrival of the Harley-Davidson’s next generation CVO Street and Road Glides starting to hit Australian roads, speculation is rife on the flow on effect of which upgrades will filter down to the Special and ST models.

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2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

For the current model, Signature Street Glide styling remains on point, giving the Street Glide unmistakable curve appeal and road presence. The Batwing fairing smothered in Baja Orange looks like the ultimate Hot Rod statement of cool.

Stretched saddlebags and contrast Prodigy rims round out the perfect custom look for  our test subject against the chrome detail of the motor and trim pieces.

The only issue that may present for some is that if potential customers don’t like the outlandish colour, but to be perfectly fair they themselves aren’t probably badass enough to mount this ride anyway.

2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

On the tarmac the 2023 Street Glide Special is brilliant, its aurora is its own and unique and it easy to see why so many riders have fallen in love with the model. The real brilliance of this bike, like the rest of Harley-Davidson’s touring models is the ability for them to feel lighter than what they actually are when in motion.

Sure the Street Glide Special does not brake or lean like a sports bike, but what it delivers is an engaging ride that takes the soul to a special place that only a Harley can.

Once lifted off the stand and the ignition switch flicked on, the 114 cubic inch Milwaukee eight power plant brings the Street Glide Special to life. Breathing 69kW of power from the heart of the motorcycle, combined with 158Nm of torque. The Street Glide motors along nicely and the 6 speed gearbox works well with its characteristic thump as you change between gears.

2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

We would be heading for a good set of pipes to amplify the soundtrack though and a cam to really bring the Baja Orange Street Glide the sound to go with the looks. After all a ride that looks this serious needs the right soundtrack to truly solidify the experience.

Through the city commute the Street Glide Special was well mannered and very manageable with its low seat height of 690mm which makes managing its 375kg of girth easier than it should be, however understandably it is not the best option for lane filtering.

Get the Street Glide Special into the backroads and the bike is a joy. Capable of more enthusiastic endeavour which will have you scrapping the footboards or alternatively cruising and taking in the scenery.

2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

This is the true genius and beauty of this ride – it is so sure footed through the corners it gives the rider a great sense of confidence to continue to push hard, and the bike just seems to lap it up.

In fact, it has such a good center of gravity that it just, excuse the pun, glides through the corners almost gracefully. The balance is so rewarding that you acclimatise to the size of the bike quickly, making it easier to trust your ride.

Described by Harley-Davidson themselves as grand American touring, the marketing folk may have just come up with the perfect description of what the 2023 Street Glide Special represents.

2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

Fitted with a plethora of standard features that make eating up the miles as comfortable as possible and with good wind protection from the Batwing fairing, the Street Glide Special certainly makes an irresistible case to hit the road and smash in some kilometres.

Fitted with Harley-Davidson’s Boom Box GTS. the tunes flow clearly through the 5.25 inch speakers with enough amplitude to share your music tastes with the passers by as you ride by.

The cruise control works well and is simple to engage through the toggle switch located on the bottom of the left hand switch block. Of course Harley-Davidson’s RDRS is also present which provides a collection of technologies that help give you confidence and control in less-than ideal situations.

2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

Made up of four components, RDRS utilises advanced chassis control, electronic brake control and power train technology to assist you with accelerating and braking in a straight line or while in a turn.

Ergonomically the Street Glide Special is superb, with everything in easy reach. The stretched saddlebags even have one hand operation for ease of use which you can open on the fly should the need arise.

If your looking for a touring bike with serious attitude, an abundance of soul, unmistakeable road presence and most importantly a bike that is going to bring a smile to your dial, then the 2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special might just be the bike that you are looking for.

2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

Available in a huge range of colour options both solid and two tone the 2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide is priced from $43,995 ride away, however Harley-Davidson have some great offers on this model currently which can see you throwing a leg over and riding away from under 40k.

Our test bike was provided by Harley-Davidson Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
9.25
Style and Comfort
9.5
Braking and Handling
8.5
Overall Bike Performance
9.5
Value For Money
9
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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As the old saying goes is there anything better than black and chrome. Well the answer to that is an emphatic yes and that is the 2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special presented in Baja Orange and chrome. The big glide is not only a...2023 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special