After A Two-Year Absence The Harley-Davidson Road Glide Is Back As A 2016 Model

1rodglideultraRiders with a serious devotion to the road, you can rejoice. Harley-Davidson announced last weekend return of its long-mileage specialist, the 2016 Road Glide® Ultra motorcycle. A two-year absence from the Harley-Davidson Touring line was time well spent infusing the Road Glide Ultra with enhanced style, comfort and performance – the full influence of the customer-led Project RUSHMORE product development effort. Rider and passenger will enjoy outstanding aerodynamics and optimized touring ergonomics propelled by the performance of the Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain.

2rodglideultra“Since its introduction in 2011, the Road Glide Ultra has been the bike of choice for Harley-Davidson owners who ride the hardest and longest,” said Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Product Planning Director Paul James. “In fact, our research shows Road Glide Ultra riders rack up more miles per season than owners of any other Harley-Davidson models. We’ve designed the new Road Glide Ultra for that hard-core touring rider and passenger, with a special focus on aerodynamic performance and by creating a riding position that’s a comfortable place for a long day in the saddle.”

33rodglideultraThe distinctive design of the frame-mounted Road Glide® fairing was created by Harley-Davidson stylists and engineers using computational fluid dynamics, hundreds of hours of development in a wind tunnel and thousands of miles of road testing. Integrated triple splitstream vent openings in the fairing work in concert with the 13.5-inch tall touring windscreen to manage air pressure between the fairing and the rider to virtually eliminate head buffeting. Mid-frame air deflectors mounted below the fairing help to maintain comfortable airflow around the rider and direct cooling air to powertrain components.

Because the fairing is mounted to the frame, the effect of its weight and impact from the wind are reduced through the handlebars, resulting in light, precise steering control. The fairing also holds Dual Reflector Daymaker™ LED headlamps, a distinctive and conspicuous styling element that punches farther through darkness with brilliant white high- and low-beam illumination.

44rodglideultraThe rider triangle is unique to the Road Glide Ultra model and designed to put a wide range of riders in a position that’s ideal for long-haul touring comfort. The 1.25-inch diameter handlebar is positioned 1.9 inches higher than Road Glide® and Road Glide Special® models to optimize long-range touring comfort, and the seat shape is revised and slightly lower.

The 2016 Road Glide Ultra features all of the Project RUSHMORE innovations and technology enhancements that have collectively transformed the Harley-Davidson Touring platform, including stout 49mm forks, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS, sleeker fenders, lighter Enforcer cast aluminum wheels and improved instrument graphics and hand controls. Cruise control is also standard on the Road Glide Ultra.

66rodglideultraTouring performance demanded by Road Glide Ultra riders is provided by the Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain. A combination of air-cooled and precision liquid cooling strategies allows the engine to maintain peak performance under the most demanding loads and riding conditions, and enables a higher 10.1:1 compression ratio for increased power and efficiency, including 10.7 percent more peak torque than the standard Twin Cam 103™ engine.

Coolant circulates through the cylinder heads in the area around the exhaust valves and through heat exchangers located in the left and right fairing lowers. The precision cooling system is thermostatically controlled and uses an electric pump to circulate coolant.

55rodglideultraThe Road Glide Ultra is equipped with the BOOM! ™ Box 6.5GT infotainment system with color touch screen, GPS and Bluetooth capability. Mounted in a reshaped inner fairing, the 100-watt BOOM! ™ Box 6.5GT is now located two inches closer to the rider compared to previous models for enhanced visibility of the high-resolution screen and an easier reach to the faceplate buttons. All infotainment functions are controlled through thumb-operated five-way joysticks located on the left and right hand controls or the touchscreen. Four 5.25-inch speakers are optimized to the system and mounted in sealed-and-tuned enclosures. Equalization is optimized for the motorcycle environment and automatically adjusts the bass and treble levels to the selected volume for optimal sound quality at all riding speeds. Fairing storage space includes a rubber-lined Jukebox media compartment with USB connection in the right side of the inner fairing.

Restyled luggage includes sleeker hard saddlebags and a new Tour-Pak® luggage shape that offers 4 percent more capacity than the previous design. The Tour-Pak is topped with a chrome tubular luggage rack. The saddlebags and Tour-Pak are equipped with One-Touch latches, a signature design feature of Project RUSHMORE, for easy one-handed opening or closing.
Road Glide Ultra color choices include:
• Solid: Vivid Black, Superior Pearl
• Two Tone: Billet Silver/Vivid Black, Mysterious Red Sunglo/Velocity Red Sunglo
• Custom Colors: Purple Fire/Blackberry Smoke, Cosmic Blue Pearl

The new 2016 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and accessories start rolling into Harley-Davidson® dealerships immediately.

20 Responses to “After A Two-Year Absence The Harley-Davidson Road Glide Is Back As A 2016 Model”

  1. 1 smithncustom Sep 11th, 2015 at 9:53 am

    the antithesis of what a motorcycle should be.

  2. 2 Bruce Sep 11th, 2015 at 10:12 am

    A great tourer.

  3. 3 Seymour Sep 11th, 2015 at 11:23 am

    54000 msrp

  4. 4 Spacedawg Sep 11th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I bought my FLTRU when the 2013 models hit the dealers in 2012 knowing HD was going to stop building them for a year or two. The handling is phenomenal for a bike weighing over 900 pounds. If you don’t believe me, just try keeping up with me in the twisties. I’ve been relegated to riding with guys on sport bikes ’cause my HD buddies on their soft tails and fork mounted fairing bikes can’t keep up. Now I wish I had all the upgrades that are on the 2016 model. I won’t buy one though until HD gets rid of the outdated headset cable and provides full bluetooth capabilities.

  5. 5 nicker Sep 11th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    “… . I won’t buy one though until HD gets rid of the outdated headset cable and provides full bluetooth capabilities…”

    Well, if motorcycling is such a banal experience that ya need extra audio-stimulation…. perhaps you aught to be thinking about driving a car instead….???

    Just a thought.

  6. 6 SIGFREED Sep 11th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Huge Road Toad fan, but the headline is somewhat misleading, should rather be “Road Glide Ultra” is back…

    The RG is the only HD uber-tourer that “moves” towards the league of the Gold Wings and the BMW KT1600GTL.

    However, HD should have a single (frame mount) fairing that stretches from the floor boards to the top – rather than a parts-bin things that shares 90% plus bits with the Electra (that is just cheapskate).

    The gap between the fairing lowers and what is essentially a pseudo top-half-fairing does it its greatest disservice. The air rushes through in the worst place imaginable – you guessed it, straight in between your legs, then presents you with your frozen crown-jewels…

  7. 7 Herb Sep 11th, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    ” The gap between the fairing lowers and what is essentially a pseudo top-half-fairing does it its greatest disservice. The air rushes through in the worst place imaginable – you guessed it, straight in between your legs, then presents you with your frozen crown-jewels ”

    Thank you for pointing that out. Biggest pet peeve for me as well.

    But yet individuals posting here praise the SH#&^ out of it.

    Same ones I guess in the 70’s who praised AMC Gremlins…Wanna be’s as usual

  8. 8 TJ Sep 11th, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Its what the buyers want … so its what the Company keeps on giving them . When and if the buyers demand more I’m sure the company will pony up . But till then why invest the $$$ into the R&D when everyone buying them keep on buying them regardless ? [ Economics 101 ]

    BTW Two thumbs up nicker ! .Flipping brilliant 1

  9. 9 Patrick Sep 11th, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Herb, Wanna Be’s?… Does that make you an “is”? Tell me what is takes to be an “is” so I can become one. Go ahead and say “If you have to ask you wouldn’t understand”

  10. 10 rcupp Sep 11th, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    So then what was it called last year?
    As I recall it disappeared in 2014 and came back last year.

  11. 11 Axel Sep 11th, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    It was called Road Glide for the 2015 model year as well.

  12. 12 mr dick Sep 12th, 2015 at 7:19 am

    A Soft tail can’t keep up to a 900 lb. tank in the twisties? Hmm, maybe you ride with old ladies.

  13. 13 Sharkey Sep 12th, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Fully packed and fueled, your getting onto half a ton of motorcycle. The “base” Road Glide” would likely be about 900+. Rode two with 120R motors; the kind of power they should have with that weight. Excellent on freeways and more “open” backroads. Was surprisingly agile thru the Dragon, even with a passenger…but I’ll keep my Fat Bob for solo touring; still no comparison to an R1200RT. None.

  14. 14 troll Sep 12th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Sometimes I actually miss my TourGlide…By the way, the lowers were attached to the fairing way back then….

  15. 15 Mike Sep 13th, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    The lowers help keep your feet warm and dry in the wet months, but the bikes look so much better without the pantaloons installed. Not to mention, it’s nice to have your knees in the breeze when it’s warm.

  16. 16 Boomer Sep 14th, 2015 at 7:03 am

    In reading the comments I saw 2 ways to make money. An adapter for Bluetooth and a clear adjustable wing between the fairing and lowers.

    “The Shark Nose” wasn’t exactly welcomed by the HD community back in the day when if first came out but has since then had a lot of converts.

    When looking at the dash I wonder how it keeps water out of places like the speakers when it rains.

  17. 17 2Wheels Sep 14th, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    @Spacedawg I know what you mean about the Road Glide handling so much better than other offerings from the Motor Company, it’s the best bike they build… as far as keeping up in the twisties goes I’ll take an Indian Chieftain any day. For a full size bagger that bike is hard to beat.

  18. 18 richards Sep 14th, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    seymour…$54,000. ???? List starts at $26,699.

  19. 19 Blackmax Sep 16th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    My riding buddy got an inch & decided to scratch it …
    Took his 2014 loaded Street Glide & traded it in for a Road Glide Special
    Trade it was enough to pay off his load & put a down payment on the Road Glide.
    He got about 10 miles of the 90 mile drive back home when his back started to hurt.
    He said he was never so uncomfortable in his life
    So the next day he road it back to the Dealership
    They would NOT give him back his Street Glide
    So he cut a deal on a brand new, 0 miles, 2015 Ultra (water cooled) Limited
    he happy now but for all of hose who say the shark nose is better than the Batwing
    I know 1 guy that is not true for, despite what all of the magazines & custom guys say ….

  20. 20 Dave Smith Sep 17th, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Spacedawg – Have you sold that ocean front property in Kansas yet ?

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