Harley-Davidson’s “Project Rushmore” is a bold initiative, and it has brought us a surprising number of innovations and upgraded components from a company with something of a take-it-or-leave-it reputation. As much as I would like to say they invented all of them, the truth is that H-D is catching up with the rest of the world. It has been a long time coming, but they are catching up. Most of the Rushmore features made their way onto the big touring bikes with a few bleeding over into the performance models, and in this case, into the trike range.
Introduced in the Fall of 2014, and released for public consumption as a 2015 model, the Harley Freewheeler sees some Rushmore yummy-goodness on a slightly different platform. This three-wheeled creation combines tripod stability with a high-performance motor for a sporty ride without all the usual trike trappings, unusual to say the least, so let’s take a look at this new breed shall we?
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Freewheeler.
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.
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; floating (...)
Harley-Davidson doubled down on the premium features with its 2016 CVO Street Glide. While the stock Street Glide, and its slightly better sibling the Street Glide Special, come with Project Rushmore innovations that make them premium bikes in their own right, the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) branch of the factory took that basic (and I use that term loosely) machine and beefed it up even more.
On top of the Rushmore and CVO features, the 2016 model year sees a handful of improvements over last year’s offerings that push this ride even further into champagne country. CVO models are special, not only because of the features they host, but frequently because said features are first trotted out on a CVO model before finding their way into mainstream production on “lesser” models. Join me while I take a look at some of these new features that, while they are currently limited to the CVO, may become new design mainstays across the board in years to come.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide.
The Evolution Sportster has been around for a minute, since 1986 in fact, a bit too late for the custom craze of the ’70s. It was born into a world of changing attitudes about motorcycling in general, and a burgeoning new market among the so-called “Rich Urban Biker” crowd. You know, the folks that ten years prior would have rolled up their windows and locked their doors when a Harley pulled up next to them at a light, and couldn’t change a needle-valve if you held a cocked 1911 to their head. Catering to this crowd was a smart move by the Company, ’cause if you want to make money, you have to make a product for people who have money.
While the Evo Big-Twins — most notably the Softails — benefited early from efforts to tie into Harley’s deep roots, Sportster design sort of stagnated, seemingly satisfied to continue the general design characteristics established by the K-model in 1952, and subsequent Ironhead Sportsters up through ’85, with minor variations. Fast-forward to 2016, and the Sportster Seventy-Two that plumbs the depths of the outlaw/custom culture of the ’70s, a look that is now once again in vogue with the New Guard, and has shed a lot of the stigma attached to the originals.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two.
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.
Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, there is no escaping the fact that Harley-Davidson has defined the American cruiser market for over a century now. The factory created numerous different models for different purposes over the course of its history, but usually the bikes were pigeonholed by design into one category or another.The FL models were the touring bikes with the hard bags and big front ends, while the FX models ran with a narrow front end and no bags, and ne’er the twain shall meet – until the advent of the Switchback in 2012. Now we find ourselves four years later, and Harley has had time to refine this composite (chameleon?) sled a bit. Let’s take a look at what the 2016 Switchback has going on over there.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Harley-Davidson Switchback.
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.
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.
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.
Black-out is the name of the game with Harley-Davidson’s Fat Bob — a member in good standing of the Dark Custom series. While the Fat Bob only saw a new paint color for 2015, for 2016 Harley slapped that High Output Twin Cam 103™ engine in it for some extra sexiness. With fat tires, an extreme riding position, and hot-rod styling, the Fat Bob looks like a beast and yeah, it talks the talk, but it also walks the walks when it comes to performance.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob.
Here’s the 2014 CVO Limited, Harley’s new model year tourer. Like the other tourers in Harley’s lineup, the CVO Limited received all the goodies included in the Project Rushmore.
Therefore the 2014 model year comes with a redesigned fairing, increased passenger seat space and leg room and a newly designed seat. The bike also comes with new saddlebags, a modern infotainment system and an all-new Tour Pak design.
Luckily, the series of upgrades weren’t’ limited only to the comfort, infotainment and style departments as the 2014 CVO Limited has also received a few engine tweaks. The improvements made to the engine are translated into more low end torque, a better exhaust note and an increased refinement. The Twin Cam 110 engine is capable to deliver 115.1 ft-lb of torque at 3,750 rpm and a combined fuel consumption of 41 mpg.
The 2014 Harley Davidson CVO Limited is offered with a base price of $38,999.
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