The “reveal” is a peculiar twist given that we’re a few weeks away from the typical new model launch window. Here is the corporate press release announcing the 2015 Road Glide. I’m sure it’s just the first stage of a lot of hype and media buzz planned for the traditional post-Sturgis announcements.
Back to the Road Glide.
There are two models. The Road Glide and Road Glide Special. Both models include the same specifications from Project RUSHMORE that is currently available on 2014 touring models. There is the air-cooled, high output Twin Cam 103™ with integrated oil cooler mated to a 6-speed cruise drive transmission, the new Reflex anti-lock braking system (ABS) with dynamically, electronically linked brakes for optimum braking in all conditions. Both Road Glide models include the redesigned saddlebags for a sleeker look and added new latches that you can operate with one hand.
The 2015 Road Glide Special is basically an elevated experience of riding that includes the new Boom Box 6.5 infotainment system which features a 6.5″ full color touch screen display and it can be operated by convenient new hand controls or by voice command. It also includes display color options: Orange (default), Blue, Brown, Green, Gray, Purple, Red.
There’s a new handlebar on the Road Glide motorcycle for 2015 that makes the riding position more comfortable for a wider range of riders and the hand grips are now 5 1/2″ closer to the rider. There is also new gauges which has a 10% larger speedometer and tachometer with 68% wider numbers; 28% larger fuel and volt gauges with 30% wider numbers.
Most distinctive is the new triple-vented fairing that opens and closes to equalize pressure in front and behind the windscreen. Lastly there is the new dual Daymaker LED headlamps providing better nighttime riding visibility.
I’ll be interested to experience how easy it is to reach and adjust the infotainment system. Previously anyone under 6 feet tall could have an issue reaching up to the radio system.
I’m looking forward to seeing the new 2015 Road Glide at the local dealer.
Photos courtesy of H-D.
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