Made in Missouri: The All-New 2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

Thanks to Mark Davis at the Kansas City Star for raising our awareness to the latest innovation coming out of Missouri’s advanced manufacturing sector.

And the news … Harley-Davidson’s newest model has hit the market, and it’s made right here in Missouri. In case you were not aware, about half of all Harley-Davidson’s manufactured each year are made right here in Missouri, by more than 700 very talented Missourians at Harley-Davidson’s 400,000-square-foot assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri.

Sport Glides just arrived in dealerships, according to Mr. Davis, and Harley-Davidson expects them to attract riders who want a city cruiser with touring abilities.

“We wanted to offer people a touring motorcycle that isn’t intimidating,” Dave Latz, Harley-Davidson’s senior product manager, told the Kansas City Star. “We wanted to offer something to the non-traditional touring rider that would allow them to get into the touring space, but also serve the need of touring riders who didn’t want to ride a full-sized touring bike anymore.”

Harley says the new Sport Glide will be available from $18,599. It comes with Harley’s Milwaukee Eight engine, a 107-cubic-inch V-twin power plant that makes 108 pound feet of torque and is shared by most of the new Softail bikes announced by Harley in August.

Like other Harley cruisers, it features a 6-speed gearbox, electronic fuel injection and standard ABS. It has a seat height of 25.7 inches and weighs 698 pounds when fueled.

Sport Glide departs from its other Harleys in that it comes standard with a small, detachable fairing and a pair of small, detachable saddlebags. It also features inverted front forks and a slimmer side case, which increase the pared-down look.

In other words, the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders have an incredible bike to enjoy – made right here in Missouri, at the center of North America.

For more information on Missouri’s advanced manufacturing industry check out our industry webpage, or contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, and show you how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion, collaboration and investment needs.

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