If you’re at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota or the National Bikers Roundup in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’re in luck! If not, you’re probably reading this and wishing you were at one of these two rallies. Why? Because Harley-Davidson is revealing, and offering test rides on, the new 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special at each rally weeks in advance of announcing the company’s complete 2015 model lineup.

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Recognizable by the new frame-mounted fairing, featuring triple splitstream vents (similar to the pressure-equalizing system introduced on the 2014 Street Glide), and dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlights, both Road Glide models benefit from H-D’s Project Rushmore  introduced last year.

The new Road Glide retains the classic shark-nose shape, but its twin headlights are now LED units behind a single Plexiglas front cover, with air intakes on either side.

The new Road Glide retains the classic shark-nose shape, but its twin headlights are now LED units behind a single Plexiglas front cover, with air intakes on either side.

The 2015 Road Glides are powered by the firm’s High Output Twin Cam 103 engine rather than the precision-cooled motor used in other Rushmore models. The Glides should deliver power numbers nearly identical to the Street Glide Special we tested late last year: 77 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 92 ft-lb of torque at 3800 rpm. Exhaust gases exit through twin chrome mufflers.

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Centered in the inner fairing of the base model Glide is a color screen Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system, controlled by twin joysticks located on a new swept-back handlebar. Touring features include one-touch hard saddlebags, cruise control, adjustable air-ride rear suspension and new ergonomic hand controls.

Road Glide Special

Select premium features on the Road Glide Special include 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. The Special also receives exclusive painted inner fairing and hand-applied pinstriping.

Of the two Glide models only the Special comes equipped with H-D’s Reflex linked brakes with ABS.

Of the two Glide models only the Special comes equipped with H-D’s Reflex linked brakes with ABS.

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“This new model offers a significant improvement in aerodynamic and ergonomic comfort, LED lighting and the full suite of Project RUSHMORE features that have been such a huge hit with touring riders around the world,” says Michael Goche, Product Planning Manager.

“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 Company. “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.”

Pricing for Vivid Black models is $20,899 (Road Glide) and $23,199 (Road Glide Special). Solid colors: Amber Whiskey, Black Denim, Mysterious Red Sunglo (Road Glide only) and Superior Blue (Road Glide Special only) retail for $21,399 (Road Glide) and $23,699 (Road Glide Special).

See and test-ride the new 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special models at Harley-Davidson locations in Sturgis Aug. 2-9 and in Tulsa on Aug. 2. If you can’t make those dates, models will begin arriving at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships on August 26, 2014. Visit www.H-D.com/roadglide for more information.

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide/Road Glide Special Specifications
Engine Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103 with integrated oil-cooler
Displacement 103.1 inches/1690cc
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive
Length 95.6 inches
Seat Height 27.4 inches
Wheelbase 64 inches
Rake/Trail 26°/6.8 inches
Curb Weight 849 pounds
Front Wheel Enforcer Cast Aluminum 19 in. x 3.5 in.
Rear Wheel Enforcer Cast Aluminum 16 in. x 5 in.
Front Tire D408F 130/60B19 61H
Rear Tire D407T BW 180/65B16 81H
Fuel Capacity 6 gal.
Estimated MPG 42 MPG combined City/Hwy

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  • Old MOron

    Ha ha ha, how many cruiser stories are you guys going to do?
    Is MO officially losing its chops?

    Take a look at Duke’s recent story.

    Not a single one of his most memorable bikes is a cruiser.
    Okay, there was one Harley in the lot, but that was a purpose-built
    race bike, not a cruiser.

    Get a clue, boys.

    • Max Wellian

      Just because something is memorable doesn’t make it practical or even desirable.

      • Old MOron

        Since when are ergonomics with the seat way back and the feet way forward practical or desirable?


        • Max Wellian
          • Old MOron

            That’s a nice photo: color, composition, subject, everything.
            I especially like the compressed forks.
            Imagine what you could do with some ground clearance.

            I’m glad you enjoy your bike. But I enjoy busting MO’s chops for posting so many cruiser articles.

          • Max Wellian

            I’ve had a bunch of bikes with more ground clearance. These things have plenty to be silly with. But better yet, they are also uber comfy for long hauls, both solo and with a passenger, and they have nice lockable compartments to store your stuff for stops along the way.

            You should really give one a go sometime. You might be surprised how good they are. I know that coming from the sporty side of our obsession, I was.

          • Craig Hoffman

            I am a freak I guess. I will keep my FZ1 sportyish bike, but could see having as bagger too someday. Makes for fun variety that keeps it interesting. The FZ is not worth selling for the beer money it would bring anyway!

          • VeganLondonMan

            Guess I’m a freak too; I’ll keep my V-Strom 1000 but I also want, or perhaps need an Indian Chief and a GSXR-750….there is no right or wrong type of bike.

          • Old MOron

            I suppose so. But you get all of those things on an ST bike, and you get to be much sillier.

            As for “uber comfy,” well, I don’t understand how having your feet out in front of you, with all your weight on your tail bone, can be comfortable for an extended period of time.

          • Max Wellian

            I used to have all those preconceived notions from decades of reading sport biased articles and riding sport biased machinery. Hell, I still own an FJR. But I can tell ya that I’ve chased down more sport touring oriented bikes than have chased me down on the Vic out in the mountains.

            As to the comfort, think about how you sit in an office chair with your thighs at ~90° to your torso and your knees ~90° to your thighs. It is a most comfortable and ergonomically correct all day sitting position. And the large floorboards on my Vic allow me to move my feet around to keep the old bones from stiffening up too much. And they stretch back far enough that I can stand on them to stretch or just to allow my legs to take some shock out of big bumps I see ahead of time. To be fair, I was able to add highpegs to the FJR that allow me to move my legs around a bit too. But those aren’t available for all or even most sportier bikes.

            The stock FJR was way too racy for me. I immediately put Helibars on it to even make it tolerable on longer rides.

          • Old MOron

            Well, we all know that a better rider can out pilot a lesser rider regardless of the bikes involved. It’s cool that you push your Vic.

            As for the office chair, that has a back support to take stress off your spine. Very different from a moto saddle. And even in an office chair, I’m not convinced the ~90° bends are ideal. We’re always moving around in office chairs, shifting weight, moving our feet to different positions. Maybe ~90° is a good starting point – for an office chair – but nobody stays there. Furthermore, most cruisers have the pegs way forward. Have a look at the golly-gee Indian Scout just announced.

            Anyway, my point was that MO was posting too many cruiser stories.

            August 3: Indian Scout
            August 1: Road Glide Preview
            July 28: Honda cruisers fishing trip
            July 28: Victory Magnum
            July 27: Indian Roadmaster
            July 25: Nebraska on Victory Cross Country Tour
            July 22: Guzzi California Touring

            Okay, there was also the middle-weight ST shoot out. That was great. And there was one story about an electric sport bike, but that’s about it. C’mon, MO.

          • denchung

            That has more to do with the manufacturers’ timing than us. Four of those were new model announcements all coming out in the span of a week. It just so happened they were all cruisers. It’s not like we could just ignore them because we’d reached some arbitrary cruiser quota.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    Bender is back

  • Ser Samsquamsh

    I rented one for a week and it’s great fun in a straight line.

    Is it me or do those new headlights make it look like a robot from Futurama?