2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Preview

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

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 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.

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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

EngineAir-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103 with integrated oil-cooler
Displacement103.1 inches/1690cc
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Transmission6-Speed Cruise Drive
Length95.6 inches
Seat Height27.4 inches
Wheelbase64 inches
Rake/Trail26°/6.8 inches
Curb Weight849 pounds
Front WheelEnforcer Cast Aluminum 19 in. x 3.5 in.
Rear WheelEnforcer Cast Aluminum 16 in. x 5 in.
Front TireD408F 130/60B19 61H
Rear TireD407T BW 180/65B16 81H
Fuel Capacity6 gal.
Estimated MPG42 MPG combined City/Hwy
Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • Mark Vizcarra Mark Vizcarra on Aug 01, 2014

    23699 damn that is how much I paid for my RoadGlide Ultra

  • SerSamsquamsh SerSamsquamsh on Aug 01, 2014

    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?