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Harley-Davidson's new Sport Glide is a touring cruiser

Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times on

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Paul James, Harley product portfolio manager, called Sport Glide "a conquest motorcycle," and said, "This is for people who aspire to Harley but didn't see anything in the catalog that was just right for them."

It will also be, James said, a trade-up motorcycle for riders who've been on other Harleys. Customers who might have started with Harley on the entry-level Sportsters might be interested in moving to something larger -- but maybe not something quite as massive as a 900-pound Ultra Glide.

The 700-pound Sport Glide offers a mid-range motorcycle.

"We think it has the ability to attract new buyers, and used bike owners," James said.

That Harley says the new Sport Glide will be available from $18,599 and, for now, will come in only Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Silver Fortune.

Like other Harleys, the new motorcycle comes with a vast collection of after-market parts and accessories. Included are performance enhancers that could push the engine horsepower and torque up to the level of the company's 114-cubic-inch engine.

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