The 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST is the pinnacle of "bagger" style. Stealthy, torquey, techy and most importantly, it's comfortable. Check out what Nick thought of it! Photos: Heather Ware.

I’ve never been a big bike person, in-fact the Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST and Road Glide ST were my first look at the other side of motorcycling. First on the list was the Street Glide ST, and I hopped off the big bagger thinking, “Man, how good was that?”…

For 2022, H-D have retained the awesome Milwaukee-Eight but moved it up from 114ci to 117ci!

For 2022, H-D have retained the awesome Milwaukee-Eight but moved it up from 114ci to 117ci!


Check out Nick’s review of the 2022 Road Glide ST here


First impressions are intimidating to say the least. It’s a big, big bagger, but man, it looks mean. The deep black dominates the colour scheme, with very little chrome work making it onto the ST. The matte bronze highlights on the rocker boxes, fuel tank and wheels offset the deep black perfectly. Almost everything else, including the controls, engine, gearbox, and exhaust is completely blacked out.



The classic batwing front fairing looks fantastic as usual and is one of the more eye-catching features of the big bagger. The paniers themselves sit above the exhaust and aren’t contoured or tapered like previous years. However, there’s still plenty of room for the laptop and groceries! One of the first things you’ll likely notice is the solo-saddle, which, in hindsight isn’t that big of a deal, but I would have liked to have had the capacity for a pillion. A two-up saddle and pegs are available though. 

The Batwing fairing dominates the front of the bike. Giving it a big, muscular appearance.

The Batwing fairing dominates the front of the bike. Giving it a big, muscular appearance.

In terms of rider comfort, the Street Glide ST is damn near perfection on the freeway. While it is a bit of a beast to manoeuvre in slow traffic, once your feet are up on the pegs and you’re rolling it’s as smooth as anything I’ve ridden. The Street Glide ST tracks perfectly at high-speeds and feels rock-solid. The front end feels tight, even at speed. I was concerned initially, given how large the batwing fairing is and the fact that it is mounted directly to the front end, but there weren’t any issues.



At slower speeds, particularly in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the bike is surprisingly well balanced. I found myself making much tighter U-turns than I’d ever have expected. The hill-hold feature, engaged with a hard stomp on the rear brake or strong squeeze of the front brake, is a fantastic addition that got a lot of use. The electronically distributed brakes are a neat concept and pull the bike up surprisingly well even in the wet! The cornering ABS is an added-bonus, but I still found it a little too twitchy in the rain for my liking. 

The 2022 Street Glide ST has plenty of H-D technology hidden under it. So many assists to make the big beast seamless to ride.

The 2022 Street Glide ST has plenty of H-D technology hidden under it. So many assists to make the big beast seamless to ride.

The factory seating position definitely favours the taller rider in terms of bar and control access, I’m 197cm and found the bar positioning comfortable. I’m able to reach the controls and the touch screen with relative ease, however, I found myself operating the majority of the technology with the left and right-side buttons and toggle switches.

"Foot-positioning was comfortable while cruising, however, I’d regularly have to lift my leg out to the side and around the big breather that sticks out the side."

“Foot-positioning is comfortable while cruising, however, I’d regularly have to lift my leg out to the side and around the big breather that sticks out the side.”

Foot-positioning is comfortable while cruising, however, I’d regularly have to lift my leg out to the side and around the big breather that sticks out the side. For the taller rider, I’d suggest extending or lowering the rear pedal, bringing the floorboards forward, or finding a smaller breather angled in a different direction.

No complaints about how the Street Glide ST looks, only praise! It's a seriously cool looking machine.

No complaints about how the Street Glide ST looks, only praise! It’s a seriously cool looking machine.

The saddle is okay from the factory, if you’re planning on touring, I’d suggest an upgrade, but for an hour or two a day, it’s fine. It’s quite supportive, and the rear props you up nicely, particularly under hard acceleration.



The 117ci powerhouse made light work of reaching freeway speeds, and at 120km/h, it would just idle along, barely trying. In the 3000-4000RPM range there is PLENTY of torque available for the overtakes, just drop a gear and you’re off.


“The 117ci powerhouse made light work of reaching freeway speeds, and at 120km/h, it would just idle along, barely trying.”


I switched between second and third gear around town, only rarely putting around in fourth if when I’m in a fuel conscious mood. The factory pipes are quiet, so I’d tend to keep it in the higher RPM range just to make sure it was still running! 

"I was usually switching between second and third gear around town, only rarely putting around in fourth if I was fuel conscious."

“I switched between second and third gear around town, only rarely putting around in fourth if I was fuel conscious.”

I’ve saved the audio system for last. To sum it up perfectly, the audio system is ridiculous. While the Street Glide ST lacks the amplifier and bag-mounted speakers typically seen in the earlier models, the audio output is still insane.



The quality and sound, even at freeway speeds, is impeccable. This BOOM! Box GTS system is something special, and if you’re one to crank Springsteen full-noise, at 140km/h in a bandana and singlet, it’s the audio system for you. The system offers some fantastic smartphone integration, and the GPS functionality is incredibly easy to use. The smartphone charging port doesn’t quite fit the larger phones, but I typically run my Quadlock mount anyway. 

The BOOM! system means you can ride along at freeway speeds and still hear your music cranking!

The BOOM! system means you can ride along at freeway speeds and still hear your music cranking!

Overall, the 2022 Street Glide is a badass bike with a big road presence, yet somehow it still manages to look relatively sleek, polished, and well styled while holding its own in the twisties. Harley has nailed this year’s Street Glide; I think I want one….

Tech Talk
The Milwaukee-Eight engine, the ninth Big Twin design in the company’s storied lineage, is a clean-sheet design that combines the classic look, sound and feel of Harley-Davidson Big Twin engines with improvements in every aspect of engine performance. For 2022 Harley have gone with the 117ci engine over last years 114ci.

The Milwaukee Eight has been the heart for many Harley-Davidson models for over six years now, and it's still an awesome engine.

The Milwaukee Eight has been the heart for many Harley-Davidson models for over six years now, and it’s still an awesome engine.

Retaining the classic 45-degree V-Twin cylinder angle, the Milwaukee-Eight engine produces 10 percent more torque (varies per model) than previous year models and features four-valve cylinder heads that offer 50 percent more intake and exhaust flow capacity.

The Milwaukee-Eight engine is counter-balanced to cancel 75 percent of primary vibration at idle, retaining the classic feel of a Harley V-Twin while being very smooth at highway speeds. A new heat management strategy for all Milwaukee-Eight engines improves rider and passenger comfort.

Four-valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total) promote airflow through the engine and contributes to power output.

Four-valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total) promote airflow through the engine and contributes to power output.

Four-valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total) promote airflow through the engine and contribute to power output, and dual spark plugs ensure more complete combustion to maximise power and efficiency. Advanced cylinder head design, dual knock sensors, and precision cooling allow a 10.0:1 compression ratio for strong torque output and acceleration, while a single camshaft helps reduce mechanical noise so a richer exhaust tone can predominate.

Emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers feature a single knob to hydraulically adjust pre-load for optimal ride and control.

Emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers feature a single knob to hydraulically adjust pre-load for optimal ride.

Emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers feature a single knob to hydraulically adjust pre-load for optimal ride and control. The 49mm forks with dual bending valve suspension technology deliver linear damping characteristics for a smooth ride. Reflex linked Brembo brakes with ABS are standard.



Electronic cruise control holds a steady speed for comfort on long rides. A Daymaker LED headlamp pushes out an impressive punch with a bright-white beam that lights up the road. Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob offers peace of mind.

Introduced first onto the 2020 model, Harley-Davidson's RDRS assist system adds an even further degree of safety for the rider.

Introduced first onto the 2020 model, Harley-Davidson’s RDRS assist system adds an even further degree of safety for the rider.


Introduced first onto the 2020 model, Harley-Davidson’s RDRS assist system adds an even further degree of safety for the rider. The functions are as follows:

  • Electronically Linked Braking (ELB) applies braking effort to both wheels when the rider uses either the hand lever (front) or foot pedal (rear) brake control, which can help many riders achieve better braking performance.
  • Cornering Electronically Linked Brakes (C-ELB) takes into account the motorcycle lean angle. C-ELB will alter the proportioning of brake pressure between the front and rear brakes when braking while cornering in an attempt to improve the ability of the bike to maintain the rider’s intended path.
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is designed to prevent the wheels from locking under braking and helps the rider maintain control when braking in a straight-line, urgent situation.
  • Cornering Anti-lock Braking System (C-ABS) is a variant of ABS that takes into consideration the lean angle of a two-wheel motorcycle, or the lateral acceleration of a Trike model. The brake pressure required to limit wheel slip when cornering is typically or lower than the pressure required under straight line operation.
  • Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) is designed to reduce excessive rear-wheel slip under deceleration, which typically occurs when the rider makes an abrupt down-shift gear change or decelerates on wet or slippery road surfaces.
  • Cornering Drag-Torque Slip Control System (C-DSCS). On models equipped with C-DSCS the action of DSCS may be tailored when cornering, based on detected lean angle (two-wheel motorcycles) or lateral acceleration (Trike models).
  • Traction Control System (TCS) is designed to prevent the rear wheel from excessive spinning under acceleration when travelling in a straight line.
  • Cornering Traction Control System (C-TCS) is designed to prevent the rear wheel from excessive spinning under acceleration when going straight or cornering.
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC). The primary function of VHC is to keep the motorcycle from rolling, making it easier to ride away when starting on a hill, a bridge or a parking ramp.


Everything is controlled through Harley-Davidson’s awesome 5.25 full colour TFT screen. Options can be changed through the tactile buttons on the bars, which also controls the cruise control, or the touch-screen itself. Your smartphone can be connected via Bluetooth to display notifications and play music. Other features include a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system (TPMS) and a USB charging port.



There are two paint options – Vivid Black or Gunship Gray. The front fender is trimmed for a sporty profile and lighter look and standard-length saddlebags replace the extended bags on Street Glide Special model. A Heavy Breather intake with forward-facing exposed air cleaner element reinforces performance-first styling, while the new solo seat gives the Street Glide ST a lean and aggressive look.


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2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide ST Specifications

www.harley-davidson.com

Price: From $45,995 (ride away)
Colours: Vivid Black or Gunship Gray
Warranty: Two-years unlimited km
Service: 1600km then every 8000km
Claimed Power: N/A
Claimed Torque: 168Nm@3500rpm
Wet Weight: 369kg
Fuel capacity: 22.7L


Engine: Air-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin, 1923cc, 103.5 x 114.3mm bore x stroke, 10.2:1 compression ratio, ESPFI, two-into-one-into-two exhaust
Gearbox: Primary drive: 34/46. Six-speed ratios – 1st: 9.593, 6.65, 4.938, 4.0, 3.407, 6th: 2.875 Final Belt 32/68 Clutch: Wet multi-plate, cable actuation


Chassis: Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded.
Rake: 26° Trail: 173mm
Suspension: 49mm dual bending valve forks, Premium standard height hand-adjustable rear suspension
Brakes: 300mm rotors, Four-piston fixed calipers (f), 300mm rotor, two-piston floating caliper (r), ABS
Wheels & Tyres: Bronze Prodigy wheels, 130/60 – 19in (f), 180/55 – 18in (r), Dunlop


DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 1625mm
Seat height: 710mm
Ground clearance: 135mm
Overall Length: 2400mm
Lean Angle: 32/31 degrees


Instruments: Multi-language multi-function touch screen digital full colour TFT display, handlebar mounted controls, Central Screen, BOOM! Audio System with GPS and touchscreen, charging port in fairing, LED lighting all around.


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