Bo’s Facts and Trivia Oct. 2014

“ROAD GLIDE” Rides Again in 2015


Harley used the year it was out of production to put Project Rushmore on the revised Road Glide. This includes outfitting it with the High Output version of the Twin Cam 103, the updated engine receiving new cams and a high-flow airbox. Harley claims the High Output treatment bumps the 100 lb-ft of torque generated by the 2013 Road Glide Custom with the standard TC103 up to 104.7 lb-ft at the same 3250 rpm. The 2015 Road Glide Special equipped with Harley’s Reflex Linked Brakes and ABS that launched on the 2014 touring models. Just like last year’s Street Glide, the front end received a stockier 49mm fork with larger sealed steering bearings to go along with stiffer triple clamps.

Changes also include updating its Shark-Nose fairing inside and out. Externally, Harley narrowed the fairing 1.75-inches and moved it back 2-inches, rounding out its edges to make it more slipstream, and equipping it with a tri-vent system. Scoops next to the headlights and a channel formed in the center of the fairing control the flow of air back to riders. Front-and-center inside the fairing is a 6.5-inch touchscreen, the 2015 Road Glide Special equipped with Project Rushmore’s high-end entertainment, navigation and communication package. The pair of 5.25-inch speakers have more wattage and are mounted in a contained closure in an attempt to improve sound quality. Even the bars are different, Harley placing them 5.5-inches closer to the rider and bending them down to reduce wrist fatigue. The hand controls have a new twist too, small joysticks used to toggle through windows and adjust volume instead of the buttons.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the comfortable perch and riding position. From contour to padding, the Road Glide Special’s seat is well-cushioned. Set 26.1-inches above the ground laden with a rider, footing is solid at a stop for a six-foot-tall rider. Which is a good thing considering the 2015 Road Glide Special carries a lot of weight, 849 pounds to be exact, according to Harley-Davidson’s scales. Its footboards are placed forward enough to allow for plenty of stretching room, while the new bar location places your elbows down and your wrists and forearms almost level to the plane of the horizon.

It took an extra year but for all you diehard Bagger fans it was worth the wait.


Trivia Question of the Month:

Without looking on the internet, what does the G stand for in Willie G. Davidson. Is it:

A.)   Geofrey   B.) Godrey or C.) George

Answer to last month’s trivia question:

Question:   In what city did the first Harley-Davidson dealership open?

Answer:   Even though William Harley and the Davidson brothers were neighbors in Milwaukee, Wis., the first dealership actually opened up in Chicago, Ill., where it sold one of the first three production models.

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

You start the game with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experience…….The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck.

“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe”