Behold and conquer. Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide. A bike for real men.

Dude, imagine the endless Prairie, the road without a single turn, rests on the horizon, the bushes of the roller coaster, riding through her, scorching sun at the Zenith and you’re under the mellow rumble of the exhaust, almost two-litre V-twin and under mellifluous riffs Thunderstruck, rolling down route 66 to the Pacific ocean…

Or no, not so. Left KAMAZ down rings, smokes so that two meters can not see anything, in front of a dead Gazelle, right — rusty «five» with a sofa on the roof. Ahead of twenty-five miles of standing traffic, under the wheel — ruts and potholes, and the rain starts to drizzle. Here only the creativity of the vocal-instrumental ensemble «DC/AC» from the speakers stereos Harman Kardon do not give the final to become depressed, drop everything and go on the subway.

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The first situation is what created this motorcycle. Second — the prose of life Russian motorcyclist. So let’s try how Harley-Davidson Street Glide will be able to adapt to our realities.

But first execute uses the «step», especially to look at what is. H. D. Street Glide despite its name is a fully — fledged tourist, the brother of the legendary «train», except that, Junior. The motorcycle belongs to the same family and, therefore, built on the same platform. The front of the telescope, behind a massive pendulum and two classical shock. A good application for comfort: after all, in memory of past tests, Dyna with the same layout of the rear suspension felt on our roads much better than the Softail.

The side bags included in the basic package. How could it be otherwise? Not to say that it is very bulky, but to stuff a stock of underclothes and a couple of t — shirts, sneakers and rain jacket — will be enough. Even on two. So, my friend, grab your girlfriend and let’s go to the sea. And to travel to the legendary American road more is needed. Climate, you know, as in a tent and a sleeping bag to live among Scorpions and rattlesnakes, no one thinks. Although for those who like to carry a iron and other necessaries things, there is an optional trunk, which is quite possible to tie a fair size trunk.

Pilot seat — a separate issue. This is not the «driver’s seat», and a cockpit! Conjures up associations with the pilot’s place of pre-war biplanes. Sitting behind the wheel, involuntarily begin to look for straps over the shoulders and checking the parachute. Vertical dashboard dominates the tank almost to the level of the neck and culminates in a short, only six inches, the windshield. It is a bouquet of «alarms» round gauges in a chrome trim with the numbers embossed classic print, like the earlier locomotives rooms wrote. Radio and only slightly falls out of this retro splendor.

All front is covered with classic arlievsky fairing «bat wing». So like, have been invented, but still looks cool. Well, after chrome lacquer and chrome again.

Seat, as expected, quite divnogorskiy. Wide soft… that’s just the ass he always tries to slide to the tank. Like the bucket shape, but the rear part is bent upward is stronger than the front. It turns out the slide. So as not to slide, it is necessary to rest on the footrest platform. Or periodically shift back, as slipping. Here it took back. It would redistribute the weight, and the ride was much more convenient. So I recommend that element of tuning as required to the acquisition.

The rest of the claims to ergonomics there. Footrest platform with rubber dampers perfectly absorb vibrations from the engine, steering wheel — wide and high — is such that it can without strain and fatigue to go very long. «Bat wing» fulfills its function in five counter-flow is reflected in the forehead, and not a point and somehow absently. Absolutely not annoying, and the visor of the helmet, you can not close at all. The eye is not blowing, absolutely — quite a rare quality, I might add.

While the engine is running at idle, traditionally, H.-D. hoes not crawls, standing on the steps. But it is necessary to move, vibrations are reduced exactly to the level, to remind you, Bor, you’re on a big iron machine, and not on some kind of rice Huller. And how they do it? Like vibrating, but somehow very organically. Lacking even a few hours.

But the drive issue is. All again rests in the same specialization of the bike. Practice has shown that the drive does not go beyond invested in the design, brings only pleasure. On the straights and fast in the slow corners the bike is behaving like a locomotive on the rails, sorry guys, hackneyed cliche. Gently, smoothly, exactly on the path, shaking the pilot and passenger. But it’s worth a try to get «street» to do something that goes beyond its programs, the problems start.

Main claim — to the rear suspension. Expectations based on structural similarity with the Dyna series, did not materialize. If on smooth asphalt suspension behaves more than adequately, providing you and your friend great comfort and good stability, it is necessary to be on the average Russian roads with potholes and pits, the suspension seems. The shock absorbers have a very short travel, and soft hydraulic adjustment can not cope even with not so deep pockets. The suspension breaks. Would have been the course a little longer, the problems would not exist. What on earth was saved? In General, the mixture of the chopper settings and spartakovskaja short — cocktail not the best.

Fork behaves more decently. Breakdowns there was, and peck on the braking — minor. Although, still, I wish the installation was tougher. When trying to go more actively, than the «pretentious and thick», gets out lack of rigidity of the chassis as a whole. Hoes twists, and he begins to noticeably «walk» along a trajectory. And this, of course, no pleasure, no security does not add. Shorter turns with shuffling steps on the pavement — not for him. On the one hand, anything from a Hippo to request flexibility fallow deer, but other members of the «milwacky stallions» this disease do not suffer. And «Dinah», and «softly» that I had to be tested, behaved much better. Whether it’s a «feature» specifically «Street glide», the «bug» of the entire series Touring. Still the mass of the spacecraft is very different from the «brothers smaller».

I quickly adopted the rules of the game. «Harley» — then, slowly and with dignity, to the music of a favorite BAND, to roll on the streets and highways, substituting the face of the wind. Here only the disk in the player ends very quickly.

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It really feel like the king of the road. Let the whole world, as they say, can wait. As soon as start driving, then all the immediate problems pale into insignificance. I do not want to hurry, fuss, twitch. And you’re just rolling down the road, smiling and singing to the guys who are heard from the speakers «street glide». And let all crammed around somewhere, ahead, in a hurry… No one will have even the slightest desire beep you «under the tail» or to Express their dissatisfaction, ahead. Not the camera from which you can expect him now to drop everything and frantically begin to give way. On the road «street» respect. And in traffic, by the way, miss noticeably more readily than many others. Even without requests, growling mufflers and the blinking headlight. It is very encouraging his wide black «brow» fairing.

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In General, who knew life, he is in no hurry. To the machine, the statement fits in quite handy. And to throw in saddlebags treasure and valnut somewhere to the sea it will be much nicer than other «tourists». The main thing — to catch the correct philosophical and contemplative attitude to life.

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