If you stripped down an Electra Glide classic, keeping the bones and the muscle but ditching the fluff, what you’d be left with would be the 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide. As touring motorcycles go, this one’s definitely built for the rider, not the passenger. The pillion seat is as minimalist as that found on the Dyna Street Glide, but the 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide isn’t really about touring with a passenger. Like cowboys of days past, this tourer is built to carry you out into the sunset to explore your world. There is no backrest, no cozy floorboards for the passenger to get comfortable on- the 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide is the epitome of that old Bob Segar Song- you’ll roll with her clean out of sight, but once you cross those high plains and deep mountains feeling finally free, her backside is going to seriously miss that La-Z-Boy recliner back home, and you? Why, you’ll be heading on alone. Thank you, Mr. Segar!
Between the frame rails of the 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide beats the signature 96 cubic inch Harley Davidson V-twin engine that produces 92.6 lb/ft of torque through an electronic sequential port fuel injection system. Excellent fuel economy will make you want to think twice about that Prius you’ve been eyeballing as the price of gas begins to edge into the $3 range again. The 2009 Harley Street Glide manages 54 miles per gallon in highway driving, and 35 miles per gallon in city stop and go. New for the 2009 model year is the same revised frame available on the Electra Glide, updated cast-aluminum wheels, and an isolated drive system that helps to reduce vibration and rider fatigue. The exhaust is also revised for the 2009 model year. Brembo brakes are standard, offering four piston calipers front and rear, as well as an available ABS option. The 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide, though stripped of its passenger amenities, is by no means light on rider luxury specifications. A Harman/Kardon audio system provides 40 watts of power through dual speakers and MP3 capability. The gauges are thoughtfully laid out, with nice-looking chrome trim rings around white face gauges, and the idiot lights are inconspicuous until they are lit.
The 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide begins in pricing at $18,999, oddly enough at the same price point as the fully-passenger equipped Electra Glide Classic. Available in a host of colors, including two new color options, Red Hot Denim and Red Hot Sunglo, as well as several limited-run custom colors and a handful of two-tones in the custom color spectrum. Custom colors will set you back $19,849, while standard colors run $19,449. Black is the flavor of the day at the entry-level $18,999 price point. A security system is available for $345, and ABS is an additional $795. Essentially, the 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide might be the right motorcycle for you if you have a passenger whose opinion counts. If you’re all about the solo touring ride, though, or just the way the 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide looks, you can hardly do better.