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.