Harley-Davidson 2014 models deliver more power, easier handling

Publish Date: 
Aug 19, 2013
By Beth Dolgner

DENVER, Colo. – Harley-Davidson’s eight new 2014 models are the first motorcycles to roll out under the company’s new customer-driven product development effort, Project RUSHMORE.

The new models, introduced to the media this week and available at dealers now, include the Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, Tri Glide Ultra, CVO Ultra Limited and CVO Road King.

Harley-Davidson says this is the largest scale new model launch in the company's 110-year history.

The 2014 models were re-engineered through Project RUSHMORE, which incorporated input from riders and dealers, and thousands of road tests, to produce enhancements in four key areas: control, infotainment, feel and style. Harley-Davidson also says that the Project RUSHMORE bikes pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night.

In the control category, the new Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine powers some of the new models, while others feature the High Output Twin Cam 103. All of the models include Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS.

The infotainment comes in the form of a color-screen Boom! Box system, which includes voice recognition and touchscreen capabilities for music, GPS, phone, Bluetooth connectivity, and text-to-speech technology. The system also supports intercom and CB communications.

Feel and style include updated aerodynamics and ergonomics. A new Batwing fairing with splitstream venting, according to Harley-Davidson, reduces head buffeting by twenty percent. Seats are wider and deeper, wheels are lighter, and even the saddlebags and Tour-Pak have more convenient One-Touch latches.

The Road King (MSRP: $18,249 - $19,054) is powered by the Twin Cam 103 engine and has new dual halogen and LED headlamps and fog lamps, as well as brighter Tour Pak lighting and signals. The front forks are stiffer with a bigger, 49mm diameter and mount to a new steering head for increased stability. The Brembo front brake rotor and front fender have been designed to show more of the wheel and tire. The Road King and its touring bike companions have a new hand control setup for easier use. The CVO Road King ($28,499), with the Twin Cam 110 engine and custom touches, has the same updated design. (continued)