The ultimate Hog for long-distance riders
FOR riders with a serious devotion to the road, Harley-Davidson announced its long-mileage specialist, the 2016 Road Glide Ultra motorcycle. The company said in a statement the 1 690 cc Glide’s style, comfort and performance were influenced by customers giving feedback in Project Rushmore.
“We’ve designed the new Road Glide Ultra for the hardcore touring rider and passenger, with a special focus on aerodynamic performance and a riding position that’s a comfortable place for a wide range of riders,” said Harley-Davidson product development director Paul James.
“The wind-cutting effect of the frame-mounted fairing contributes to great long-distance comfort and control.”
Because the Road Glide Ultra’s fairing is mounted to the frame, the effect of its weight and impact from the wind are reduced through the handlebars, resulting in light, precise steering control.
The fairing also holds Dual Reflector Daymaker LED headlamps, a distinctive and conspicuous styling element that punches further through darkness with brilliant white highand low-beam illumination.
The rider triangle is unique to the Road Glide Ultra model and designed to put a wide range of riders in a position that’s ideal for long-haul touring comfort.
The robust touring performance demanded by Road Glide Ultra riders is provided by the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 powertrain. A combination of air-cooled and precision liquid cooling strategies allows the engine to maintain peak performance under the most demanding loads and riding conditions and enables a higher 10.1:1 compression ratio for increased power and efficiency, including 10,7% more peak torque than the standard Twin Cam 103. The precision cooling system is thermostatically controlled and uses an electric pump to circulate coolant.
The latest Road Glide Ultra has a colour touch screen, GPS and Bluetooth capability and four speakers. All infotainment functions are controlled through thumb-operated fiveway joysticks.
The restyled saddlebags and Tour-Pak are equipped with One-Touch latches, a signature design feature of Project Rushmore.
The 2016 Road Glide Ultra, for riders who cross two borders before breakfast.