2015 Harley-Davidson Model Lineup. What’s New?

HD2015Propelled by Project RUSHMORE, the global launch of the Street™750 and Street™500 motorcycles and the electric buzz of Project LiveWire™, Harley-Davidson just announced its complete offering for 2015. “The broad 2015 Harley-Davidson model lineup demonstrates our commitment to delivering amazing products to our customers through world-class, customer-led product design,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We are one with our riders around the world, and everything we do is about delivering what they expect and deserve from Harley-Davidson.”

In addition to the new Road Glide® and Road Glide Special® models (see specific feature below this one), innovations for 2015 include:

Freewheeler™ Trike
America’s hot-rod swagger rolls even wider with H-D’s expansion and dominance in the three wheel category.  From its mini ape-hanger handlebar to its bobtail fenders, the Freewheeler trike fuses custom style and easy-handling performance. The all-new rear body shape gives the Freewheeler a low, lean profile.

New Braking System for Softail® Models
A new braking system for Softail models delivers improved modulation and responsiveness and decreases hand lever effort by 40 percent. ABS is now standard on all Softail models and optional on the Slim. New front brake components include a rigid four-piston fixed front brake caliper with 34 and 32mm pistons coated to minimize initial displacement, brake pads with high-output friction material, a new master cylinder with a higher mechanical ratio, and a new 300mm front brake rotor. The caliper and master cylinder have been restyled to enhance the looks of each model.


Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® Low / Ultra Limited Low Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson takes fit further with a package of ergonomic enhancements that offer the lowest seat height and highest rider confidence available in a premium touring bike, combined with a full complement of Project RUSHMORE features and classic Harley-Davidson style.


CVO Street Glide Motorcycle
Boasting a new Boom! Audio system backed by 600 watts of power streaming through four bi-amped front and rear three-way speakers, this limited-production bagger is a rolling concert venue that delivers shocking volume and outstanding sonic quality. Top it off with an intricate paint scheme and the added exclusivity of four color options.


CVO Road Glide Ultra Motorcycle
Drenched in chrome and custom paint, this super-premium touring motorcycle offers world-class aerodynamics, luxury touring essentials and the unrelenting performance of a Screamin’® Eagle Twin-Cooled™ Twin Cam 110™ engine.


Across its 2015 model lineup, Harley-Davidson offers eight new paint colors, including new Custom colors Black Magic and Radioactive Green and new Hard Candy Custom™ metal flake colors Cancun Blue Flake and Quicksilver Flake. When it comes to customization, Harley’s philosophy is the more the better – and it is pushing the limits even farther. This year, Harley-Davidson is adding hundreds of new Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories and making its digital Bike Builder tool even more massive. There are also new Genuine MotorClothes® jackets, boots, helmets, shirts and more to add to the shopping cart.

45 Responses to “2015 Harley-Davidson Model Lineup. What’s New?”

  1. 1 Davenport MC Aug 26th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Very disappointed. Nothing exciting except the LiveWire project announced a few months ago. HD is out of breath. Good for Indian & Victory.

  2. 2 Bruce Aug 26th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Nothing really new. Horrible/sad paint jobs! Just trying to keep a little longer the white beards riding HD with a new trike. Depressing. Polaris looks now as the great innovator.

  3. 3 Woody Aug 26th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Very disappointed in the new Road Glide. Was really hoping for a giant radiator, along with bags, fairing and trunk that looked like they were from 3 different bikes ☺

  4. 4 Drake Aug 26th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    2015. Bad year for Harley.

  5. 5 Shifter Aug 26th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Are there some designers in the HD House? Even not one exciting paint job.

  6. 6 FXR Stan Aug 26th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    HD Dealers must not be too happy. Indian’s are, I guess.

  7. 7 Paul Aug 26th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    The paint schemes on all of the models are putrid . Who’s coming up with this crap ?

  8. 8 Catamini Aug 26th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    HD lived from a brand image fabricated for those who are now aging baby boomers. Game over. No appeal whatsoever for Generation X and Millenials. Great opportunity for Indian because they try – with the Scout – to build today’s bikes.

  9. 9 P. Hamilton Aug 26th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Getting worse and worse. Looks like Harley is fighting for margins (a genius marketing guy even found a way to save on paint jobs) at the expense of innovation.

  10. 10 chopmonster66 Aug 26th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    SORRY !!!

  11. 11 JohnJ Texas Aug 26th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I dissagree with your GenX statement… but maybe I’M NOT THE NORM…
    raced motocross as youngster and went to GNC and Loretta Lynn’s AMA…
    and by 30 years old untill present day I have had 3 Harleys and built my own award winnig rigid chopper…
    and ya’ll wouldn’t like it anyway… to fast forward with a fusion of 4 different manufactures withinin.
    And I think thats where the future is… THE CHOICE!!!
    I wish I was 20 years younger… can you imagine what will be with all our choices to ride and build… whether water cooled, air cooled, ELECTRIC/Battery…
    Maybe if I can get my Harley up to 88 Mph and head back in time. or forward… what fun!

  12. 12 Grant Trent Aug 26th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Comments are poor and deserved. C’mon Harley. Sleeping?

  13. 13 Rodent Aug 26th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    And you people call me negative!

  14. 14 Pinhead Aug 26th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    All HD has done in the last 12 months is come out with the Street 500/750, a small light weight liquid cooled DOHC with a low msrp. An all eletric bike that they have been touring around the country with. Came back out with the Roadglide, made a trike with a lower price point, lowest seat hight for a production touring model and improved ABS on Softails. It looks to me as if they are pretty buisy making new bikes (street/live wire) and spent some time actually improving the rideabilety of there existing models.

  15. 15 1550tc Aug 26th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Are there some designers in the HD House?


    the trike looks like the old Lehman bandit with 2 softail fenders from the HD parts bins……..the bandit sold thru really bad ……….so iam not sure what their thinking with this model ?

    The paint schemes are brutal no way guys on WALTER WHITE high grade crack could come up with these paint schemes!!

  16. 16 Seymour Aug 26th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    A Harley just looks expensive to me now. Not a value. Times have changed!

  17. 17 Rob Aug 26th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    And they will sell everyone one them………..

  18. 18 Matt W. Aug 26th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I’m honestly not sure if the headline of this post is asking a question or making a statement. 😉

  19. 19 C. Keller Aug 26th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I bet Cyril wrote on purpose a double meaning headline/question. Up to the readers to decide the answer.

  20. 20 Pinhead Aug 26th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    They should just stop with all there can-bus electrical and abs systems, I mean come on no one at the bar is going to think I’m cool becuse I have ABS and there stupid paint jobs, they should do more neon green with purple tribal and five different colors all over it.

  21. 21 Jim Castro Aug 26th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    As Jay Leno said in one of his bits, “Harley-Davidson comes out with new hand grip for the new model year!” No wonder they don’t hold value or interest riders like they used to.

    Thankfully, there a lot of pre-owned Harleys out there that can be had for a good price.

    This is a VERY disappointing year for HD. When all of us old vets can’t ride anymore Harley will be in big trouble.

    I am glad that Victory and Indian are paying attention and bringing out well engineered, well built and artfully designed bikes for the 21st century.

    All this being said, they will still sell a lot of bikes this year.

  22. 22 Chingon Choppers Aug 26th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Just what I anticipated from Harley. NOTHING…………. Imagine when Victory announces that the new XC will have a bigger engine or even maybe a water cooled engine!!!!! Goodbye HD

    Harley needs new blood and should listen to what people are saying or wanting.

    “””The roar of a Harley is really just the growling of a sheep in wolf’s clothing, and the bleating of the image driven lemmings that ride them.

    Sure, Harleys can be made to perform, but you have to rebuild them from the ground up and by the time that you get any decent performance out of a Harley, you could have bought two or three Indians or Victory’s for cash. Harley’s fastest motorcycle, the Sportster, isn’t anywhere near deserving of its name. There is no “sport” to the Sportster, and with a 883cc engine pushing out a meager forty seven horsepower, you have all the makings for a Black Angus set in motion by a mouse fart.”””

  23. 23 Foster Aug 26th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    It looks like the Street and LiveWire projects have absorbed all their creative juice. The 2015 lineup is bad, but 2016 may be good…

  24. 24 Chingon Choppers Aug 26th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Sorry but I felt that this was appropriate to re-post. No hard feelings though.. Sad but true

    WEAK,,,,,,,,,, All cosmetic changes with no innovative significant changes. STOP working on the palstics and dig into the drivetrain!!!!!! Perhaps a V-Rod engine in this bike will make some new Indian buyers consider this bike. Harley, wake up and follow in Polaris foot steps..


    Who needs it when you have the power of marketing. Marketers can sell anything to anyone, all they need to do is find their target market. Harley found their target market; fools with too much money and not enough common sense. And Milwaukee is milking it dry for all they can grab.

    It sure isn’t about performance, America, or glory. It’s all about a canned and commercially available image. You subscribe to it with each T-shirt or accessory that you buy. That’s sad, but it is another example of image and the power of the media. How many people out there have a HD emblem sticker in their truck window but don’t own a HD? How many people have a HD T-shirt, but don’t own the motorcycle? I get so tired of those “AMERICAN THUNDER” T-shirts

  25. 25 Steve Aug 26th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Hmmm…I have seen 3 HD street in the last month and only one new Indian ever on the road in the St Louis area? Are the Indian’s really blazing the trail?

  26. 26 Shifter Aug 26th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Steve. If 1 bike out of 4 on the road is a new Indian, i think the stock of Polaris is going to quadruple in the next few seconds.

  27. 27 richard Aug 26th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Harley would do even more if their bikes were not so damm appealing and fun to ride. It’s hard to improve on one of the most successful motorcycles EVER produced. The motor company knows that the culture and tradition it fosters is a delicate balance and must be respected and honored, which will continue. Their market segment does not worship at the altar of speed, their customer base seeks all of the “other” tangible and intangible features that draw young and old to their fold. Anticipating that some of you will ask…”and what would those be”…. I’ll just say that “IF YOU NEED TO ASK, YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND” The naysayers will naysay and Harley will go on for another 111 years.

  28. 28 morpion Aug 26th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    anything that harley do,,,, people complains,, if you don,t like them ,,just go buy a victory or an indian,that,s all,,

  29. 29 Steve Aug 26th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Point is that Harley is taking a new direction in the motorcycle market with the new Street models and seem to be making a new market place for themselves, while Indian is still trying to work the same angle that Hd has been making money on for years.

  30. 30 James just another crazy Kiwi Aug 26th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    The Scout is the ugliest motorcycle that has been manufactured for a long time, it looks like something from a communist state in the 70’s. But with Indian on the side of the shoe box, it is all over looked in the name of trying to get one over HD….very sad.

  31. 31 alinat Aug 26th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I put the winning bid at a fund raiser on a 4 day rental from the local Harley dealer. The ultra limited is a very good touring bike. Power and acceleration was great up to 100 mph but I backed off at that speed. The handling was great on the super slab and in the twisties. Had the rental on a weekend where the temp was over 90 every day and the bike had no issues. It was just a bit too tall for me. I am glad to see the low version. I will test ride a ultra limited low and if it’s close to the handling of the normal ultra limited I will own a superior blue ultra limited low. Last years improvement and this years change may be enough to seal the deal. I don’t need innovation every year. Continuous improvement on the products I like is what I want (iPhone, Lexus, blenders, etc.)

  32. 32 James just another crazy Kiwi Aug 27th, 2014 at 4:11 am

    If it had been manufactured by the Japanese much lashing of tongues would of been vibrating from the mouths of the look at me tribe.
    Thing is the Japanese would not make a Cinderella sister like this.
    At least not since the eighties.The lost decade when HD just kept going BY ITS SELF !!!

  33. 33 James just another crazy Kiwi Aug 27th, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Thing is the Scout probably rides and goes very well.

  34. 34 Doc Robinson Aug 27th, 2014 at 7:10 am

    James the Scout is an amazing bike to ride, has a very responsive engine and does everything really well. I spent a half day riding one around the Black Hills and was totally blown away by every aspect of it from a rider’s perspective. I did not like the styling all that much when I first saw pictures of it, but in the flesh (so to speak) it looks much better. This is a serious motorcycle by any measure you like to put on it. I’m convinced that Indian has a big winner with this model, a very big winner.

  35. 35 Mr Dick Aug 27th, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Here in Canada the msrp is on average 22% higher than in the U.S. To replace my 2010 CVO Ultra, $48029 msrp, 1000 freight,250 doc fee,8 tire tax, 10% tax, =$ 54215.00. Then add on pipes, tuner, better windshield, etc. HD is a dying brand up here, just ask all the dealers who are sitting on 50 plus 2014’s.

  36. 36 takehikes Aug 27th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    No way to tell one from another….if they all rode past you could you see any difference? Too many models, too much alike, no innovation at all. Recycled rides.

  37. 37 dmj Aug 27th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I think they look great. The new Road Glide would fit my garage perfectly if there was not a seven year old Road King sitting in that spot. Good job Harley.

  38. 38 JackS Aug 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I closely examined the new Road Glide fairing at Sturgis. HD hit that one out of the park.

    I am enjoying the noticeable differences of the Project Rushmore designs and wouldn’t have expected much change in the FLH models.

    I agree with the comments regarding poor paint options.

    My largest disappointment was in the Sportster line. It is sorely outdated and requires immediate aggressive change.

    Finally, the new CVO touring bikes are priced WAY TOO HIGH. The difference in price on the Street Glide vs. the CVO Street Glide is more than $15K — really?

  39. 39 BobS Aug 27th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Geez tough crowd! I’m usually the one being accused of being captain of the Victory cheerleading squad and I don’t think Harley did a bad job at all here. I think the market is moving away from uber flashy besparkled paint jobs. While a couple of these may not be home runs I think H-D is on the right track. Yes I love what Victory (and now Indian) is doing, but these are nice bikes and I’m sure Harley will sell every one they make.

  40. 40 Nitschke Aug 27th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Haters gonna hate.

  41. 41 Boomer Aug 27th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Seems like folks are ready for some big changes from HD by the sound of the comments here. HD is doing what made it a success for 113 years; made continuous improvements without changing things so much that a 10 yo part would not fit a new version of the same bike. This has always been an HD strong point and what made the aftermarket so huge. It was worth investing in making parts that covered so many years.

    The two Street models are a pretty dang big deal. It’s not easy to design a new motor and bike. For now they are focusing on an overseas market in that arena but it may not always be that way. The electric bike is another big deal for HD. It proves they are looking forward while keeping true to tradition. From what I understand; HD make more money off shore than they do in the USA.

    I don’t know or see what the future holds for HD and other bike makers. Maybe a huge sea change is coming which is why they have not redesigned the twin cam motor yet. Could be a complete shift to water-cooled is coming in the not too distant future and they are already working on that design change along with making incremental improvements to existing models. Maybe we are getting spoiled by the digital age and expect too much too fast. I dunno but I do know we all share the same wind on two or three wheels.

  42. 42 Blackmax Aug 27th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    You can say what you want about the Motor Company
    They are (& for the foreseeable future) the big guy on the block
    The number 1 producer of heavyweight motorcycles in the world.
    Yeah, the prices keep going up & the engine tech is antiquated
    But people are going to buy them …
    (And buy ALL of the CVO Street Glides, Road Glides & Ultras)
    But the one thing you can’t deny, you are seeing more and more Victory’s & Indians
    I think someone on the post before this one said :
    1. People are trading in H-D’s for mostly Indians & some Victory’s
    2. if 1 out of every 4 bikes you see out there nowadays,
    is a Polaris brand, they are laughing all the way to the bank
    The market will decide as it always does
    I do like what they’ve done & they have made great strides in what they were
    (in response to the Polaris brands) but I’m not buying one …..

  43. 43 shanedrive Aug 28th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Guess I’m gettin’ old. Never could stand radios on bikes much less any other bells ‘n whistles. About the only technology I like on a bike is cruise control………………..my hand is gettin’ old too….;0

  44. 44 v-rodder Sep 1st, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Honestly I think the biggie is the lousy paint jobs this year! I have a 2009 Deluxe in white pearl and silver. It’s just a gorgeous stock paint job! This years choices are just awful. Sorry I don’t want my motorcycle paint to look like a bass boat.

    Quick question, HD is saying in their ads “New 103ci High Output Motor”. They do not state clearly what “new” and “high output” really means. Can anyone shed some light on this?

    Ride safe,


  45. 45 Sark Sep 8th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Why so many comments if you think it’s crap? You guys must look at your shit in the toilet and talk about it.

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