The Touring lineup is extensive at Harley-Davidson. Bagger with the Street Glide, vintage in Road King, classic on the Electra or majestic and offbeat in the Road Glide. His particular facies filters his audience, and brings him an indescribable attraction. In addition to protection and a sense of direction different from the Electra. But something is missing to complete the trip: an additional, large hold, completing the silhouette of an ocean liner and improving passenger comfort. Here’s the why and how of the Road Glide Ultra. But is she just another top case ?!?
Wait … This Touring is already in the catalog !!! Certainly, but in CVO version. Or a mixture of luxury and exclusivity at a stifling price. A more affordable version will only be more appropriate.
Harley worked quite a bit on this model, building on the Rushmore project. The fork crown has been profiled for optimum management of aerodynamic flows. To make a simple without sinking into the technical documentation: a dose of comfortable air for the pilot and another to cool the engine.
An engine unlike any other in Milwaukee’s long line of twin cylinders. One of those who provoke hallali in the conservatives. The Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103. Hell, is that a NASA engine? No, just a liquid (in the cylinder head only) and air cooled version of the 1690cc. But among Americans, we like the names of exuberance. The important thing is that this engine is responsive and retains its character. And almost 11% more torque, it won’t be too much to move this 424 kilo vessel. The block can thus spit a maximum of 14 mkg at 3750 rpm.
What’s in the Rushmore project already? Testimonials, opinions, ideas from thousands of Harley users; pursued by concrete applications. Of which already benefit some models and now the 1690 Road Glide Ultra. So you can take advantage of Reflex brakes, a 49mm fork fork, lightweight Impeller aluminum rims, improved dashboard graphics and controls, and now cruise control. On the entertainment side, the Boom Box 6.5 GT system crushes all the competition. A large 16.5cm touchscreen controls audio, GPS, USB, MP3 – and sends it all to you either via Bluetooth or through 100w of power into four 13.34cm speakers.
Comfort takes an important place on this bike. The rider benefits from a revised seat and higher handlebars compared to the Road Glide Special. Far from being forgotten, the passenger benefits from a backrest, armrests, and a longer and wider seat by 25 mm, again compared to the FLTRXS. The Tour-Pak offers 4% more capacity and opens / closes via a single OneTouch lock, just like the suitcases and the fuel door. The damping is designed to save you the tools: the rear combinations are adjustable via pneumatic assistance.
The machine is imposing, and requires a certain financial commitment. After, as Harley says: "They cross two borders before lunch…"
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Model marketed in
medium: 5.60 l
about 170 km / h
The technical aspect
Harley-Davidson 1690 ROAD GLIDE ULTRA FLTRU 2016
- Tank: 22.7 liters
- Width: 915 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,625 mm
- Dry weight: 407 kg
- Weight in running order: 424 kg
- Train before
- secondary by belt
- Rear axle
(98.4 x 111.1 mm)
at 3,750 rpm