They cross two borders before breakfast. For riders with a serious devotion to the road, Harley-Davidson announces its long-mileage specialist, the 2016 Road Glide® Ultra motorcycle. With enhanced style, comfort and performance influenced by the customer-led Project RUSHMORE product development effort, rider and passenger will enjoy outstanding aerodynamics and optimized touring ergonomics propelled by the unrelenting performance of the Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103ci™ (1690cc) powertrain.
“We’ve designed the new Road Glide Ultra for the hardcore touring rider and passenger, with a special focus on aerodynamic performance and a riding position that’s a comfortable place for a wide range of riders,” said Harley-Davidson Product Development Director Paul James. “The wind-cutting effect of the frame-mounted fairing contributes to great long-distance comfort and control.”
The distinctive design of the frame-mounted Road Glide Ultra 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 Road Glide Ultra 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 further through darkness with brilliant white high- and low-beam illumination.
The rider triangle is unique to the Road Glide Ultra model and designed to put a wide range of riders in a position that’s idea for long-haul touring comfort. The 1.25-inch diameter handlebar is positioned 48mm higher than the Road Glide Special model 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.
The robust touring 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.
The Road Glide Ultra is equipped with the BOOM! ™ Box 6.5GT infotainment system with colour touch screen, GPS and Bluetooth capability. Mounted in a reshaped inner fairing, the 100-watt BOOM! ™ Box 6.5GT is now located 51mm 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.
The new Road Glide Ultra addresses passenger comfort with a seat that’s 25mm wider and 25mm longer than the previous model, and a revised backrest shape provides more lumbar support. The shape and angle of the armrests are adjusted to keep passenger arms from slipping forward.
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 colour choices include:
- Solid: Vivid Black, Superior Pearl
- Two Tone: Billet Silver/Vivid Black, Mysterious Red Sunglo/Velocity Red Sunglo
- Custom Colours: Purple Fire/Blackberry Smoke, Cosmic Blue Pearl