The son just bought a 2011 Street Glide with 5K on it & of course can't wait to have me ride. It is bone stock, with ABS & cruise package. Here are some thoughts as it compares to my 2011 XC:
A) I love the low end torque. The Vic develops most torque at the mid to high end. However, once in 6th gear, the HD falls flat & has no passing power at all.
B) I love the buttery smooth motor at high rpm. The faster you go, the smoother it gets.
C) Fly-by-wire throttle rocks. When using cruise, the grip stays put & doesn't roll under your hand like the Vic.
D) Superior brakes, by far, but very touchy.
E) Nice handlebar position, no need for pull backs.
A) Wind buffeting issues as bad or worse than the XC
B) Radio & cruise controls very small & awkward to use, especially with gloves on.
C) Although the handling is right up there with the Vic, bottoms out real easily on rear suspension.
D) Very cramped seating position (I am 6' with a 31" inseam). Felt like I was driving a compact car!
E) Really miss those huge XC floorboards! Found using the heel shifter very awkward.
F) Limited digital display as compared to Victory.
G) The saddlebags capacity is like a glovebox as compared to the XC!
H) The biggest joke of all: HD gives you a CD player with an I-Pod jack. The son says they want something like $500 bucks to wire the bike like the XC is set up to work the I-Pod thru the audio system
He ends up spending $40 for a magnetic I-Pod holder that sits on the gas tank so he can use his I-Pod thru the audio jack!
Conclusion: Other than low end torque, which can be beefed up with cams, I only wish for the smoothness of the HD motor at cruise. I was actually getting used to my XC at 75mph until I rode the Harley!