The Road Glide® and Street Glide® are among the most popular models in the Harley-Davidson® lineup and among the best-selling touring motorcycles in the world, and Harley-Davidson® Of Panama City Beach now has the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special and 2023 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special available to test ride and lease. The Special models are premium editions of the standard models that have a more powerful engine and many additional high-end features for a more upscale feel.
Both the Road Glide® Special and Street Glide® Special are touring motorcycles that find a middle ground between stripped down and fully dressed. The biggest difference when comparing the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special vs 2023 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special is that the Road Glide® Special has the shark-nosed fairing, which is a frame-mounted fairing, whereas the Street Glide® Special has the batwing fairing, which is a fork-mounted fairing. Other characteristics are the same, including comfortable two-up seating, upright rider positioning, floorboards, stretched saddlebags, an infotainment system, premium audio and optional advanced rider-assistance technologies.
Both the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special and 2023 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special are powered by the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine. This is one of the biggest differentiators between the Special models and the standard models, which have the Milwaukee-Eight® 107 engine. The Street Glide® Special is slightly heavier by about 25 pounds and longer by about three quarters of an inch.
The Road Glide® Special and Street Glide® Special are both sold through Harley-Davidson® Of Panama City Beach with the Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system included as standard equipment. It features a 6.5-inch full color touch screen and dual 5.25-inch 25-watt speakers.
Electronic linked braking and anti-lock braking are included standard. You also have the option of the advanced rider assists, which include vehicle hold control and all of the cornering-enhanced features. Note that you must select this option at the time of purchase because it has to be added through the factory and cannot be added to your motorcycle after the fact.
The design options are the same for both of these models. A chrome finish is standard. A black finish is optional and adds $1,000 to the MSRP. Vivid Black is the standard color and included in the MSRP. Premium options available with the chrome finish are Gray Haze, Baja Orange and Bright Billiard Blue with Billiard Gray. Premium options available with the black finish are Prospect Gold, Atlas Silver Metallic, Industrial Yellow with Vivid Black and Bright Billiard Blue with Billiard Gray. With the black finish, you also have the option of Heirloom Red Fade, which is offered as part of the 120th Anniversary celebration and exclusive to this model year.
When comparing the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special vs 2023 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special, you may also want to consider the other Road Glide® and Street Glide® variants. For the Road Glide®, these include the Road Glide® Limited, Road Glide® ST, CVO™ Road Glide® and CVO™ Road Glide® Limited. For the Street Glide®, these include the Street Glide® ST and CVO™ Street Glide®.
Price shouldn’t be a factor when comparing the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special to the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special because the MSRP is the same for both models. Any surcharges are standard across the board as well, and that includes the additional charge for the chrome finish or any of the premium color options.
Test Ride the Road Glide® Special and Street Glide® Special
There is no better way to compare the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special vs 2023 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special than through a test ride, which you can do at Harley-Davidson® Of Panama City Beach. Schedule that appointment online through our website, and call or email us with any additional questions about these models or any of our other Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.