The Road Glide Returns for 2015
Rider Magazine Staff
August 1, 2014
Filed under Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on Harley Motorcycles, Top Stories
After a one-year absence, Harley-Davidson will bring the venerable Road Glide back to its Touring family for 2015 with all of the improvements and updates from Project Rushmore as well as an all-new “sharknose” fairing that is the bike’s signature component. Harley says the new frame-mounted fairing was shaped by countless hours of wind tunnel testing and features triple Splitstream venting that significantly reduces head buffeting while still providing comfortable airflow around the rider. The new Road Glide base model also has Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamps and combination stop/turn/taillights, and centered in the inner fairing is the color screen of a Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system controlled by twin joysticks located on a new swept-back handlebar. Harley’s High Output Twin Cam 103 V-twin powers the Road Glide and has two chrome mufflers. Touring features include One- Touch hard saddlebags, cruise control, easier-to-read gauges, adjustable air-ride rear suspension and new ergonomic hand controls with a more intuitive design and improved tactile feel.
An enhanced Road Glide Special model will also be available for 2015, which adds the premium Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS navigation, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS and hand-adjustable low-profile rear suspension. An exclusive gloss Black painted inner fairing (Denim fairing Black Denim models) and hand-applied pinstriping move the styling up a notch.
Color options for the two bikes are Vivid Black, Amber Whiskey, Mysterious Red Sunglo (Road Glide only), Black Denim and Superior Blue (Road Glide Special only). MSRPs in Vivid Black are $20,899 for the Road Glide and $23,199 for the Road Glide Special, and in solid colors the bikes will go for $21,399 (Road Glide) and $23,699 (Road Glide Special).
The public will have an opportunity to see and test-ride the new 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special models at Harley-Davidson locations in Sturgis, South Dakota, August 2-9, 2014, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Aug. 2. They start arriving at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships on August 26, 2014. Visit h-d.com/roadglide for more information.