2014 Harley-Davidson Preview

Aug 27, 2013 View Comments by

2014 Harley-Davidson Preview Harley-Davidson just rolled out its 2014 model lineup and there’s a lot of news! Touring models will have more power, better brakes and ergonomics, updated styling, infotainment systems with voice-recognition, and other improvements.

All 2014 touring models get lower-profile front fenders and cast-aluminum wheels, which are lighter and stronger than prior models. The Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, CVO Ultra Limited, and CVO Road King, plus the Tri Glide Ultra trike, all receive the “Project Rushmore” treatment, which we first reported on here. Project Rushmore is what The Motor Company calls its new customer-oriented initiative, which reaches out more to the customers and asks them what they want in a motorcycle.

One result is a new High Output Twin Cam 103 sporting a revised cam and a high-flow airbox that adds five percent more torque than a standard Twin Cam 103. This HO engine is standard on Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, and Electra Glide Ultra Classic models.

The really big news, though, is the new Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103, which adds liquid cooling to the cylinder heads. This new engine powers the Ultra Limited and Tri Glide Ultra models and the CVO Limited. The Twin Cooled 103 is rated at 10.7 percent more torque than the standard 103.

All 2014 touring models except Road Kings have a new hydraulically actuated clutch. Fork tubes have been beefed up to 49mm diameter, the steering neck gets larger bearings, and damping has been revised for a smoother ride. Linked brakes with ABS are standard on the Street Glide Special, Electra Gide Ultra Classic, and Electra Glide Ultra Limited models and optional on the Road Kings and Street Glides.

Headlights on the Road King, Street Glide, and Street Glide Special are a new Dual Halogen design. LED headlamps and fog lamps are standard on the Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, and Tri Glide Ultra. The Glide models get a new batwing fairing that features a center air intake designed to reroute airflow and reduce buffeting.

New hard saddlebags have handles, which can be reached and opened from the seat. There’s also a new and improved trunk that appears smaller, but is actually four percent roomier and fits two full-face helmets.

The Harmon-Kardon Boom Box! infotainment system has radio, satellite, and iPod inputs, Bluetooth and voice-recognition software with text-to-speech capability, plus intercom and CB connections. The system is controlled by joysticks on the left and right handgrips.

The Boom! Box 4.3 found on Street Glides and Electra Glide Ultra Classics uses a high-res 4.3-inch screen. Riders can make and receive phone calls and the system has a Vehicle Information Screen with ambient air temp and oil pressure readouts. The Boom! Box 6.5GT has a bigger 6.5-inch screen and GPS with more features and satellite radio can be added. The 6.5GT is standard on the Street Glide Special, Ultra Limited, CVO Limited, and Tri Glide and an option on Electra Glide Ultra Classics.

Sportsters, Softails, Dynas, and V-Rods received minor changes as well. We’ll have more details and tell you how these new changes work in an upcoming issue.

Text by Ken Freund

 

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