Change has swept across the 2014 Harley-Davidson lineup, and the modifications-- which the Motor Company is referring to as "Project Rushmore"-- couldn't come soon enough for the 110 year-old motorcycle manufacturer.
No, they're not getting liquid cooled*, but the 2014 Harley lineup should appease many who complain that H-D model evolution usually doesn't stray beyond snazzy new paint and clever new ways to apply chrome.
According to just-released details, Project Rushmore encompasses eight new bikes which were updated based on customer feedback: Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, Tri Glide Ultra, CVO Ultra Limited, and CVO Road King. The changes include:
- More Power... in the form of Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 or High Output Twin Cam 103 powertrains
- Better Stopping... thanks to linked ABS
- Infotainment... with a color touchscreen Boom! system equipped with voice recognition, GPS, bluetooth, and support for intercom systems
- Aerodynamics... offering 20 percent less head buffeting resulting from a new Batwing fairing with splitscreen venting
- Restyling... with re-worked hand switches, fender design, larger saddlebags, and lighter aluminum wheels
* Update: Harley-Davidson has incorporated liquid-cooled cylinder heads in their Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine (found in the 2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited and Tri Glide Ultra) and the Screamin' Eagle Twin-Cooled Twin Cam 110 powerplant (in the CVO limited). The system hides two radiators in the fairing just aft of the rider's legs, and routes water hoses into the tops of the cylinder to primarily cool the exhaust valves. Read updates via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and stay tuned for more information on Harley's air and liquid cooled engines, as well as full reviews of their new bikes.
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