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2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special
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  • Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    Milwaukee-Eight 107
  • Displacement:
    107 cubic inches
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"Special" Means So Much More This Year

Harley-Davidson brings its Road Glide and Road Glide Special into the 2018 model year in a much more humble manner than it did with the Softail lineup. The base-model Glide is more or less a direct carryover in everything but color selection, however the “Special” rocks a host of improvements, especially if you group blackout treatment in as an improvement. A new, more sinister look and new paint schemes across the board differentiate these rides from last year’s models, and as far as hardware improvements go we have improved suspension from Showa cushioning the ride, and the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine makes its sophomore appearance in the touring lineup having proven itself in the market last year with its 111 pound-foot output. Ripe for customization, this duo gives prospective bike builders a blank canvas to work with, and the Special’s dark touches start it well down the custom road right off the showroom floor. It looks like this is the “new normal” for H-D tourbikes, so let’s dig in and make friends with the new RG line.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Road Glide Special.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special

"Special" Means So Much More This Year

Harley-Davidson brings its Road Glide and Road Glide Special into the 2018 model year in a much more humble manner than it did with the Softail lineup. The base-model Glide is more or less a direct carryover in everything but color selection, however the “Special” rocks a host of improvements, especially if you group blackout treatment in as an improvement. A new, more sinister look and new paint schemes across the board differentiate these rides from last year’s models, and as far as hardware improvements go we have improved suspension from Showa cushioning the ride, and the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine makes its sophomore appearance in the touring lineup having proven itself in the market last year with its 111 pound-foot output. Ripe for customization, this duo gives prospective bike builders a blank canvas to work with, and the Special’s dark touches start it well down the custom road right off the showroom floor. It looks like this is the “new normal” for H-D tourbikes, so let’s dig in and make friends with the new RG line.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Road Glide Special.

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2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special

2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special

A Majestic calling of Wanderlust

Touring is synonymous with motorcycles; it’s an integral part of the riding experience. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire to freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling just becomes uncanny. Harley Davidson is one company that understands your emotions and requirements and have been giving us some of the greatest hits of the touring motorcycles since the beginning of the 20th century.

For the year 2017, this American legend gave the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact. Running under the hood of each of them will be the all-new Milwaukee-Eight, the ninth generation of Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines that delivers power and reliability unlike no other before.

Running this new power mill will be one of HD’s iconic tourer, the venerable Road Glide Special. The bike takes the touring must-haves and wraps them in a no-apologies style making it the motorcycle of choice for the high-mileage road warrior.

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2014 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special / Road Glide Ultra

2014 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special / Road Glide Ultra

Back after a two-year hiatus, the Road Glide Ultra rejoins Harley-Davidson’s FLTR touring stable that includes the Road Glide — which returned to the lineup in 2015 after a year-long hiatus — and the new-for-2015 Road Glide Special. Why the absences? Why, to get Project Rushmore work-ups, of course.

Since its introduction in 2011, the Road Glide Ultra has been the bike of choice for hard-core Harley tourers both in the saddle and on the pillion and its return to the touring lineup is a welcome event. The Road Glide, the base model workhorse of the FLTR group, continues the tradition of outstanding touring comfort and joins its sibling, the Road Glide Special for some new-for-2016 goodies.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road Glide, Road Glide Special and Road Glide Ultra.

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Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 50,000 Models Due To Clutch, Reflector Problems

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 50,000 Models Due To Clutch, Reflector Problems

Harley-Davidson has found itself under siege from a barrage of recalls affecting a lot of its current touring models. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 45,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles are affected by the recall, covering a myriad of models that include the Road King, Street Glide, Road Glide, and Ultra Limited.

At the heart of the issue is what’s been reported to be clutch problems plaguing a handful of these models. The issue is specifically tied into what the NHTSA describes as "glass bubbles" that could potentially damage the bike’s clutch system and prevent it from disengaging even after the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

This recall, somewhat surprisingly, has been months in the making, or at least the wheels were put into motion in October 2014 when Harley opened an investigation on the issue after receiving multiple complaints about the aforementioned clutch master cylinder. The company even went so far as to hire a chemist to help with the investigation surrounding an issue that has led to an incredible 313 warranty claims.

It would’ve been manageable if that was the extent of Harley’s recall woes, but it isn’t. Turns out, another 9,285 models of the 2015 Street 500 and 750 are also being recalled for an entirely different issue. The good thing is that these bikes don’t have it as bad as the other Harley models. The bad news is that it’s still significant enough to warrant a recall.

Apparently, these bikes don’t have any rear reflector assemblies. That’s a problem because rear reflectors are federally mandated equipment for all motor vehicles, Harley Davidson Street 500 and 750 models included. Turns out, Harley simply forgot to put them there. If that isn’t embarrassing enough, the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard issued a similar recall for these Harleys since the country has the same requirement for its own vehicles and these bikes don’t have their own rear reflectors.

This particular recall affects Street 500 models built from Jan. 28, 2014 to March 9, 2015 and Street 750 models built from May 12, 2014 to March 9, 2015.

As is always the case when it comes to recalls of this magnitude, Harley-Davidson is setting a plan in motion that would allow its dealership network to inspect any bike that shows up and, if necessary fix whatever’s ailing all these Harley bikes, be it a problem with the clutch or the absence of rear reflectors

Continue reading to read more about Harley-Davidson’s fresh round of recalls.

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLTRXSE CVO Road Glide Custom

2012 Harley-Davidson FLTRXSE CVO Road Glide Custom

With its classic design, the Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom is considered one of the most wanted hot rod touring models in its class. The 2012 Harley-Davidson FLTRXSE CVO Road Glide Custom is offered with an exclusive multi-color paint scheme, a new high-output sound system and a host of fresh custom components.

Its distinctive feature is the shark-nose which not only protects the rider from wind, but also gives the entire bike a pretty unique look. Then, there is the strong, air-cooled, Twin Cam 110 engine, which is mated on a 6-Speed Cruise Drive gearbox and delivers a combined fuel consumption of 41 mpg.

The CVO Road Glide Custom is built on the innovative Harley-Davidson Touring chassis, based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLTRXSE CVO Road Glide Custom.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Touring FLTRX Road Glide Custom

2012 Harley-Davidson Touring FLTRX Road Glide Custom

The Road Glide Custom is a tough, low version of the shark-nose Harley-Davidson classic, with a big 18-inch front wheel, a 2-into-1 exhaust, and a smooth tail light assembly. This bagger rolls with swagger.

The motorcycle is fitted with a new rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC). The 1690 cc engine is mated on a 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission and delivers an average fuel consumption of 42 MPG. The motorcycle’s chassis is based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and a stout swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders and today’s powerful engines.

As far as comfort goes , the bike comes with a sculpted seat, custom floorboard, a short Lexan wind deflector and an ergonomic handlebar.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Harley-Davidson Touring Road Glide Custom.

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2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom

2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom

Among Harley’s nine all new 2010 models, we find the Road Glide Custom a much more aggressive approach towards the shark-nose Harley-Davidson classic style. Not only the bike is now lowered, but it also features a big 18-inch front wheel, a 2-into-1 exhaust, and a smooth tail light assembly for a bike that is worthy of the word ‘custom’ in its name.

While the chassis is based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and a stout swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders and today’s more-powerful engines, we’re happy to hear that the 96ci V-Twin behind this model is capable of 125.55 Nm at 3500 rpm, which makes the Road Glide Custom even more of a temptation.

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