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2017 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

2017 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations department puts together what one could call showroom-custom bikes that include many of the features that buyers commonly add on post-sale and borrows much of the Infotainment system used on the big touring models. For 2017, this hot-rod bagger features a new-and-improved suspension system to the table with the all-new, 114 cubic-inch, Milwaukee-Eight engine. Power output falls well above the 100 pound-foot mark — not surprising with a CVO machine — so it falls into the power-cruiser/stoplight-burner category. Performance, good looks and barrels of that Harley mystique push the CVO Street Glide over the top in my book, so join me while I check out the details of this vanity-stoking sled.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide.

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Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra

Riding A Trike Isn’t Just For Old Folks Anymore

Harley-Davidson’s three-wheeled Tri Glide Ultra moves into the 2017 model year with a handful of improvements and a brand-spanking new engine. The factory powers it with its powerful and all-new, Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine that cranks out over 100 pounds o’ grunt to place it well into the power-cruiser category, even though H-D markets it as a tour bike. Exhaust components rerouting addresses heat problems from prior model-years, and the King of Paint adds a couple of new, two-tone paint schemes to the palette. Harley’s target market for this beast mainly consists of persons who are unwilling or unable to manage one of their admittedly top-heavy, two-wheeled tourers for one reason or another, and I’ve always considered it to be a very laudable thing to try and make sure that anyone who wants bugs in their teeth can have it.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra.

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide - Street Glide Special

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide - Street Glide Special

Same Look Outside, But Major Changes Inside

Harley-Davidson updates its popular Street Glide family for MY17 with a few much-needed tweaks that make it as suitable for the superslab as it is for the boulevard. The earlier generation suffered from lack of power, uninspired suspension and a definite heat-to-rider transfer problem to boot. Harley addressed these problems to make the Street Glide into the bike it always should have been. Dual Bending Valve Forks and rear emulsion shocks take care of the suspension problems, while the Milwaukee-Eight engine brings 6.7 additional pounds of torque to help it push that front fairing into the wind comfortably at highway speeds and above. Adjustments made to manage the heat problem results in a whole new animal in the bagger stable. So, let’s check out the new models and try to act like we’re seeing the family for the first time, because in a way we are.

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

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2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited / Ultra Limited Low

2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited / Ultra Limited Low

In spite of recent gains by long-time rival Indian Motorcycle, Harley-Davidson remains the king of the American-style bagger/tourbikes. The brand and genre are inextricably linked with the American landscape, and the new Ultra Limited and Ultra Limited Low are perfect examples of why that is still true. This year sees the all-new, 107-inch, Milwaukee-Eight engine with nearly 114 pounds o’ grunt on tap along with improved suspension components and other, comfort-related improvements over the MY16 units. Naturally, this is in addition to all the tour-tastic yummy-goodness that made the Ultra Limited such a touring staple in the first place. Today I’m going to take a look at this pair to see what else is new and exciting, then we are going to see how it measures up against the Indian Roadmaster that I reckon will be its most direct competitor.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited and Ultra Limited Low.

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King & Road King Special

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King & Road King Special

The Road King has long been an alternative for Harley-Davidson riders who want a tour-capable bike sans barn-door fairing. It keeps getting better in the 2017 model year with the new Milwaukee-Eight engine and a special trim package called — wait for it — the Road King Special. Updated looks and performance are the main selling points here, over and above the usual litany of reasons to consider the Road King, and the recent demise of Victory Motorcycles makes this ride even more important to H-D in the long run.

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

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King brings classic, FL design elements and the MoCo’s newest engine — the Milwaukee-Eight — together for this new generation of the touring king. Not only is the engine all new, but Harley finally got out of its suspension rut and threw on something other than its usual vanilla components. Is it enough, and can it compete with other established cruise/tour models out there? What else has Harley hidden away in there? Join me as I take a good look at the new FLHR and check out what all the factory tucked in there to stay relevant in an ever more demanding market.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road King.

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2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T

2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T

Add saddlebags, a detachable windshield and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank to a Sportster and you have a mini-tourer — that happy balance between an around-town bar-hopper and a hit-the-interstate pocket-bagger. It’s been a long time — over 10 years — since Harley did away with the vibration-’o-plenty hard-mount engine. The SuperLow 1200T enjoys the benefits of the rubber-mounted Evolution engine with a smoother ride and better rider comfort for long miles in the saddle.

Departing from the traditional Sportster peanut tank, the SuperLow 1200T comes with a teardrop fuel belly and the quick release windshield lets you go bare for an around-town ride or pop it on the bike for trips up the highway.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T.

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2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited / Ultra Limited Low

2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited / Ultra Limited Low

When it comes to American touring machines, Harley-Davidson finds itself in an enviable position indeed. As the domestic manufacturer with the longest uninterrupted production run, The MoCo has helped to shape and define what “tourbike” means to us, which is quite different from the rest of the world, to put it mildly.

U.S. Tourbikes, for several decades now, have been all about getting as much storage, comfort and luxe features packed onto the frame as possible, and the H-D Ultra Limited and Ultra Limited Low represents its top-of-the-line touring model without getting into the CVO division. Although this pair doesn’t get the sexy, 110-inch CVO motor, they do sport a whole host of Project Rushmore features, so we wind up with some of Harley’s top-shelf, rider-inspired gadgets that turn this line into something of a national opus.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Project Rushmore is a campaign by Harley to gather ideas from its customer base and actively develop and impliment them on production models — sort of a suggestions box on steroids — so can one argue that these bikes are built by the people, for the people? OK, that may be going it a bit high, but join me anyway while I take a look at the Ultra Limited and Ultra Limited Low.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited and Ultra Limited Low.

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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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2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Street Glide / Street Glide Special

2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Street Glide / Street Glide Special

Harley-Davidson calls it a “stripped-down bagger.” I prefer to think of it as half-a-bagger or a boulevard bruiser because of the trade off between storage space and low, mean good looks.

Whatever you call it, the Street Glide Special — one of Harley’s Project Rushmore bikes — is a compromise between carrying capacity and vanity, and I mean that in the best possible way. It retains the capacity of the big side bags and the comfort of the front fairing, so this ride can serve as a bar hopper, grocery getter or open-road tourer right off the lot.

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

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2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra

2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra

It’s now cool to be seen on a trike. No longer is a trike the ride of old guys too infirm to hold up a two-wheeler. Two things excite me about the Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra: it’s a Harley and it’s one of a Harley’s Project Rushmore bikes. As a biker’s ol’ lady, right away I’m excited about a new Harley with that Harley look, feel and sound. Add to that what I know about Project Rushmore, and I already know I’m going to like the Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG).

Continue reading to see my review on Harley-Davidson’s Tri Glide Ultra.

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2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited

2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited

Generally speaking, stock bikes are a blank canvas upon which the owner, or professional custom builder, places their own personal touches to make a unique machine representative of their own taste and vision. The process takes time (patience), skills, tools and money to do it properly, and to be honest, most buyers seem to lack the first three items on that list, which drives the work into custom shops, or the dealership service department.

Enter Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) program. Since 1999, when the factory released its FXR2 and FXR3, Harley has expanded the program to include bikes across their spectrum, complete with all the bells and whistles. 2016 sees the CVO Limited added to the line of CVO bikes, and this tour-tastic sled gives a whole new meaning to the name “full dresser.”

As with all CVO models, the Limited comes with many of the commonly used accessories and top-shelf features already bolted up, so ambitious do-it-yourselfers will be halfway to their goal right off the showroom floor.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited.

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2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic

2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic

Overview
When you set out to improve the most respected touring machine on earth, you don’t take shortcuts and you sure as hell don’t accept any limits. 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic Key Features:
• NEW Paint color options including Custom color
• High Output Twin Cam 103™ Black powdercoated powertrain with chrome covers
• Hydraulic clutch actuation
• Wind-tunnel tested Batwing fairing with Splitstream vent for reduced head buffeting
• Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS; (...)

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2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

The original “Softail” design was born – and shelved – in the mid-’70s. It wasn’t until 1986 that the factory combined its brand-new Evolution engine with the Softail frame for the original FLST. This base model borrows from the look of the ’49 through ’57 FL “Hydra-Glides” that came with a rigid frame and hydraulic front forks. The FLSTC “Heritage Softail Classic” that came out in 1988 did more than borrow suggestions from a certain era; it dove headlong into the custom world of yesteryear. Harley keeps the line alive with its new, 2017 FLSTC that comes with all the familiar touches from the past.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

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2016 - 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

2016 - 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson and Project Rushmore is a match made in heaven. The CVO Road Glide Ultra is one of the Harley lineup out for 2016 that benefits from the improvements and innovations of Rushmore, on top of being one of the limited-edition, extra-special swanky CVO line.

CVO — Custom Vehicle Operations — says it all. Everything on the CVO Road Glide Ultra is bigger, badder, faster, smoother, more powerful, more stylish and more luxurious than the Road Glide; but at twice the price, it had better be.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra.

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2015 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Low

2015 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Low

Generally speaking, touring bikes have always been ponderous beasts. They’re tall and heavy, making them top-heavy, particularly when loaded with cargo and a passenger. Their bulk leaves little room to move your feet when backing up, and makes pushing one around a parking lot a nightmare, especially for shorter riders. Enter the 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL). Engineered with sleeker lines, a lower overall height, lower center of gravity and extra room for footwork, the Ultra Limited Low mitigates many of the factors that make baggers such a handful, while maintaining the cargo capacity and amenities one would expect from a top-of-the-line — and top dollar — touring motorcycle.

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2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic / Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low

2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic / Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low

Riders spoke and Harley listened. With the innovation and improvements born out of Project Rushmore, the touring stable at Harley-Davidson continues to set the standard for serious touring riders.

With few updates aside from paint since 2014 when the Electra Glide Ultra Classic saw the inclusion of the High Output Twin Cam 103™ engine, Reflex™ Link Brakes, new 49 mm forks and a whole slew of Project Rushmore updates for both rider and passenger comfort, the Electra Glide and its new-in-2015 sibling, the Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low are a touring platform for the long haul.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low.

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2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King

2015 - 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King

Harley-Davidson has some deep roots in the motorcycle industry, and frequently draws on them when designing newer models. Detractors say the brand is mired in the past, but I submit that some of us appreciate the old is new again approach that gives the brand a certain continuity and connection to the models that made it great in the first place.

Harley’s ’15-’16 FLHR Road King is just such a model. The FLHR replaced the Electra Glide Sport as Harley’s non-faired bagger, but if you look hard enough you can see shades of the old “Duo Glide” FL in the front end, fuel tank and tank-mount instrument console from the late ’50s.

Although the folks at the factory bill this bike as a touring model, I kind of feel like it’s more of a cruiser with light touring capabilities, especially when compared to Harley’s full-dresser touring models. Let’s take a look at the Road King together and you can make up your own mind on that point.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Road King.

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