The ul­ti­mate Hog for long-dis­tance riders

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

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.

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