When it comes to motorcycle makers, many have come and gone over the last century, but one carries a level of prestige and brand loyalty that is truly impressive. The Harley-Davidson brand is as American as Coca-Cola, and is recognized and revered the world over. While the company has had its ups and downs since its humble beginnings in 1903, there is little doubt that the brand has prevailed and is stronger than ever. Let’s take a look at the news and highlights for the 2015 model-year of Harley-Davidson.
Did you know? Harley-Davidson is not the world’s oldest motorcycle company, nor is it the longest continual motorcycle maker? The world’s oldest motorcycle brand is Britain’s Royal Enfield. They were incorporated in 1893 and made motorcycles from 1901 until their demise in 1970. The motorcycle maker that has been producing motorcycles for the longest continuous period is Triumph who started production the year before Harley-Davidson came to be.
For 2015, Harley-Davidson rolls out five new models along with a series of refinements to their line-up that will have Harley aficionados saving their pennies.
New Harley-Davidson Models For 2015
After a year out of the line-up, the touring machine with attitude comes back to Harley dealers. The trademark Road Glide fairing is revamped with a new aerodynamics, striking new looks and the Dual Reflector Daymaker LED headlamp system. Behind that fairing lurks the Boom! Box 4.3 Audio System and improved rider ergonomics. The Road Glide is powered by the High Output Twin Cam 103 which is transmitted through the Cruise Drive 6-speed gearbox.
Road Glide Special
The upgraded version of the Road Glide offers a few key amenities not found on the base model. One of the primary upgrades is to the Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system which has touch screen GPS along with the 25-watt per channel amp and twin speakers. The Road Glide Special rides on an upgraded, adjustable air-ride rear suspension. The braking system is also upgraded to Harley’s Reflex Braking System. This system electronically links the front and rear brakes and also includes anti-lock braking. Another perk of the Special is the H-D Smart Security System. This system provides hands-free security that disables the bike as you walk away. The Road Glide Special also includes spruced up paint and pin-striping.
FLRT Freewheeler Trike
For Harley-Davidson enters the three-wheeled touring bike market with the new FLRT Freewheeler trike. The Freewheeler is built on a completely new chassis that is adorned with unmistakable Milwaukee style. This trike is powered by the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine. Safety and convenience features include cruise control, electric reverse, and a linked braking system. One can assume that there will be a boatload of accessories available for this model.
FLHTCUL Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low
The brand new “Low” versions of the Electra Glide touring series are designed specifically for those of us who may be “vertically challenged”. The saddle height and rider positioning is designed for riders that are 5’7” and under. Beyond that, this bike is an elite touring machine with no shortcuts. The Ultra Classic Low is powered by the High Output Twin Cam 103. Highlights include the Boom! Box 4.3 audio system with four speakers, Daymaker LED lighting, H-D Smart Security System, electronic cruise control, Reflex linked ABS brakes and King Tour-Pak hard saddle bags.
FLHTKL Ultra Unlimited Low
The Unlimited version of the Electra Glide Low offers several upgrades to an already loaded base model. The Unlimited version features the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine which has liquid-cooled cylinder heads. Other goodies include the 100-watt Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system (with touch screen and GPS), Impeller cast-aluminum wheels, premium Tour-Pak saddle bags and two-tone paint designs.
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