MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Following the global launch of its Street 750 and prototype electric motorcycle, Project LiveWire, Harley-Davidson has expanded its motorcycle offerings even further for the 2015 model year with the addition of customer-led and limited-edition bikes.
SCREAMIN' EAGLE TWIN CAM: The CVO Road Glide Ultra (pictured here) is just one of several new variants in Harley-Davidson's 2015 line-up. Image: Harley-Davidson
Matt Levatich, president and chief operating officer of Harley-Davidson, said: “The broad 2015 Harley-Davidson model line-up demonstrates our commitment to delivering amazing products to our customers through world-class, customer-led product design.
“We are one with our riders around the world. Everything we do is about delivering what they expect and deserve from Harley-Davidson.”
HEADED FOR SA
Michael Carney, Harley-Davidson Africa's marketing manager, told Wheels24: “We are excited about the six new models expanding the Harley-Davidson product line-up for the 2015 model year.
"These new models deliver enhancements for Project Rushmore to a wider audience of riders through control, infotainment, style and feel. Highlights include the Road Glide and Ultra Limited Low.
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"The Road Glide is back and tells the world its rider is 'cut from a different cloth'. Contact points have been enhanced and optimised for riders under 1.7m tall with the new Ultra Limited Low and these comfortable, confidence-inspiring motorcycles deliver the grand American touring experience to a wider selection of riders right from the factory.”
LIMITED EDITION HARLEYS
Harley's Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) have created four limited edition, custom motorcycles - the CVO Street Glide, CVO Road Glide Ultra, CVO Limited and CVO Deluxe.
CVO Street Glide
Boasting a new 'Boom!' audio system, backed by 600 watts of power streaming through four bi-amped front and rear three-way speakers, the limited-production CVO Street Glide is, Harley says, "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 colour options.
CVO Road Glide Ultra
The CVO Road Glide Ultra sports chromed trimmings and a custom paint job. According to Harley-Davidson: "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."
For its 2015 line-up, Harley-Davidson offers fresh style with eight new paint colours, including "custom black, 'green pink' and silver."
CVO Softail Deluxe
The Softail Deluxe is a tribute to classic Harley's and for the 2015 model year boasts a new braking system and two-tone paint options.
CVO turned its considerable talents to create what it calls a stylish long-haul traveller. The CVO Limited sports new polished chromed alloys and Harley's Airflow Collection of extras including black and chromed, heatable hand grips.
It's equipped with new LEDs, reflex-linked brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), colour touch screen and 'Boom!' 6.5GT infotainment with satnav.
Customer-led innovations for Harley's 2015 motorcycles include:
Road Glide Special
The Road Glide Special is kitted with a vented frame-mounted fairing (to minimise head buffeting), LEDs, 'Premium Boom!' infotainment, upgraded suspension, reflex-linked brakes with ABS.
Street Glide Special
The new Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special is a higher specification version of the popular performance Touring variant, equipped with a High Output Twin Cam 103 engine, 'Boom!' 6.5GT infotainment, batwing fairing with splitstream vent, dual halogen headlight, cast aluminium alloys, reflex-linked braking with ABS.
New Braking System for Softails
A new braking system for Softail bikes delivers "improved modulation and responsiveness and decreases hand lever effort by 40%." ABS is standard on all Softail models, 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.
Ultra Limited Low
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.