MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson is starting its 2015 model announcements with its new returning Road Glide models.
The Road Glide and the Road Glide Special will be available for test rides at the Sturgis rally in South Dakota and the National Bikers Roundup in Tulsa, Okla., before arriving in dealerships Aug. 26.
“Road Glide has always had an incredibly passionate following, which is why its return to the model line-up is exciting for our customers and our company,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. “With Project Rushmore technology, intuitive features and great new styling, we’re delivering an improved ride for the Road Glide faithful and the many others looking for more cool Project Rushmore motorcycle options.”
There are, of course, a number of changes to the Road Glide, including a new fairing contour, Dual Reflector Daymaker LED headlights and all-in-one taillights. The fairing is the result of wind tunnel testing, and its frame-mounted design has a triple splitstream vent to reduce head buffeting.
On the dash, a Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system has twin joysticks. Touring features include swept-back handlebars, redesigned hand controls for more comfort, One-Touch hard saddlebags, cruise control and adjustable air ride.
The Road Glide Special has an upgraded Boom! Box 6.5GT system with a touchscreen and GPS. Reflex linked brakes and ABS are included, as is hand-adjustable low-profile rear suspension. In the looks department, the Special has a painted inner fairing and hand-applied pinstriping.
The Road Glide was temporarily dropped from Harley's line-up last year, and its absence has made an impact on sales figures and market share at the Motor Co.
From a press release.