Harley Rolls Out New Electra Glide Standard

“Dressed-down dresser” says it’s less about bells and whistles and more about the ride.

Harley's latest touring bike, the 2019 Electra Glide Standard, has been announced—but in surprisingly hushed tones. Rather than scream about the latest and greatest rider aids or the most cutting-edge touring tech, The Motor Company is sort of flying it in under the radar. In fact, it is calling it the "Dressed-Down Dresser," which is a pretty clever new spin on what's essentially a deconstructed Street Glide. Sure there are different tires, a slightly different seat, and revised finishes along with distinctive new covers, but, yes, that's still a batwing fairing, standard saddlebags, and cast aluminum wheels you see on this stripped-down tourer. Distinguishing features include chrome accents in key areas, complemented by polished rocker, cam, and derby covers and select blacked-out components.

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Keeping it on the down low: The new Harley Electra Glide Standard puts an emphasis on the ride experience, not the noise of endless electronic gadgets.Harley-Davidson

It may sound counterintuitive, but there’s a good chance that kind of reductive thinking will appeal greatly to those of us fed up with the endless barrage of electronic doodads, touchscreens, and Bluetooth gadgetry infiltrating nearly every new vehicle on the road these days. The Electra Glide Standard is aimed at riders looking to disconnect from the noise of the day-to-day world and “heighten(s) the experience of the journey.” Call us Luddites if you want. We’re proud of it.

In the most basic terms, the Electra Glide Standard takes the popular Street Glide and neuters it by deleting the Street’s Boom! Box infotainment system and screen, and tries to retain just the bare minimum. Which is not as radical as it sounds; ride quality is still an important feature on the new EGS. You’ll still see most of the ride-enhancing components that have made their way onto the rest of Harley’s Touring line, such as standard cruise control, adjustable rear shocks, the Showa Dual Bending Valve suspension up front, and Brembo brakes. The Reflex Linked and ABS features are optional for the brake system, and the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine is the standard powerplant.

You won’t find any screens or other distracting displays on the Electra Glide Standard’s simple dash layout.Harley-Davidson

All these tweaks are likely what contributes to the model’s price; the EGS has an MSRP of $18,999 in Vivid Black, which is the lowest in Harley’s Touring line. Harley says the new model is also an element of its “More Roads” strategy and introduced compelling new products into the heavyweight Touring segment to inspire more riders to engage in motorcycling. The emphasis here is on the raw, fundamental riding experience for touring riders but with a foot firmly planted in Harley’s Grand American Touring roots.

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The Glide Standard gets blacked-out parts contrasted by distinctive rocker, cam, and derby covers to add a dose of nostalgia.Harley-Davidson
The EGS comes in with the lowest MSRP in Harley’s Touring line.Harley-Davidson

“To express the stripped-back essence of the Electra Glide Standard we focused on finishes that were simple, timeless, and fundamental to the Harley-Davidson’s touring line. Chrome was added to key components and complemented by polished and blacked-out parts, said Harley-Davidson’s Vice President of Styling & Design Brad Richards. “The rocker, cam, and derby covers…add a dose of nostalgia that draws a through-line all the way back to the first Electra Glide.”


2019 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard

MSRP: $18,999
Engine: 107ci 45° V-twin, OHV, 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 3.937 in. x 4.375 in.
Fuel system: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/Cruise Drive
Front Suspension: 49mm fork, Showa Dual Bending Valve; 4.6 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Hand-adjustable; 2.2 in. travel
Front Tires: 130/80B-17
Rear Tires: 180/65B-16
Rake/Trail: 26.0°/6.7 in.
Wheelbase: 64.0 in.
Seat Height: 26.6 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gal.
Claimed Weight: 820 lb. (wet)
Contact: harley-davidson.com