Harley-Davidson® Road Glide®
At 762 pounds, the Harley Road Glide is a middleweight monster with a 1450cc, air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin engine. The 5-gallon tank typically provides fuel economy in excess of 50mpg, perfect for long hauls. The ride is smooth and comfortable, with an effortless clutch, air shocks, and a cushy saddle. Add to that frame-mounted fairing, roomy saddlebags, and the overall responsiveness of the powerplant, and you’ve got a great tourer that doesn’t feel anywhere near its actual weight at speed.
Debuting in 1998, the Harley-Davidson Road Glide brought back the frame-mounted Tour fairing HD had introduced in 1980 on the famous Tour Glide. Other manufacturers have tried to capture some of this market segment in recent years, but the FLTR Road Glide has the history and expertise of Harley-Davidson, making it the undisputed king. In fact, the Road Glide is considered by many to be the ideal touring motorcycle, in terms of both aesthetics and functionality.
Video Of The Harley-Davidson® Road Glide®
|Displacement||96.00 in (243.84 cm)|
|Engine||Air Cooled Twin Cam 96|
|Fuel Capacity||5.00 gal (18.92 L)|
|Fuel System||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Length||93.70 in (237.99 cm)|
|Miles per Gallon||53 hwy / 34 city|
|Seat Height||26.90 in (68.32 cm)|
|Saddlebags||13"H x 21"L x 7"W|
|Weight||793.00 lbs (359.69 kg)|
|Fuel Economy||53.00 mpg (22.53 km/L)|
Solid long-distance bike
It took 2-3 days to get the feel of the bike across a variety of riding conditions in California. I admit that I swore a lot while going through some 20mph turns in the mountains and doing U-turns in the city on day 2 of our ride. After I got the feel for the engine, clutch and the weight it was an absolute joy to ride even through tight tricky corners.
For such a heavy bike it's quite easy to maneuver even at very low speeds. Do take care when moving it in the parking lot, if you grab the front brake while pushing it around, it will want to fall right over.
My ride would have benefitted with a slightly taller windscreen, though. At 80mph highway speeds you get quite a bit of air slamming at your face. I learned from this that my helmet was a bit loose and bought a new one mid-trip. Not sure if you can do anything about this at time of renting.
It would have been nice to have a little back rest for the rider as my lower back got pretty sore on longer rides. Again, not sure if there's anything you can do at time of renting about this, but may be worth considering when choosing your bike.
The heel shifter on my bike was a great feature that became second nature (step back on it to shift up).
The bike is very stable even with cross winds, which I really appreciated on busy high-speed highways.
The storage boxes had plenty of room for my needs and performed admirably. It didn't look like they were removable on the bike that I rented so that may be worth considering when renting.
Note that I did not have a passenger but had to provide a rating. Given that there is no passenger backrest and that the seat is fairly narrow, I would assume it's an average experience at best. If you have a passenger, give them a comfortable seat.
Overall an amazing bike with the proper HD character. I would love to take it on another tour.
best touring bike I have ever ridden
took a little getting used to the fixed fairing, but after I got used to it, I wouldn't change for anything else, and would recommend it to anyone who has never ridden a fixed fairing bike