HARLEY-DAVIDSON REDEFINES MOTORCYCLING WITH PROJECT RUSHMORE

MILWAUKEE (Aug. 19, 2013) –Yesterday, Harley-Davidson unveiled its new lineup of 2014 motorcycle models during the company’s Annual Dealer Meeting in Denver, Colo. The star of the show is not a single bike – rather eight new bikes under the banner Project RUSHMORE, the outcome of a new customer-driven product development effort, which Harley-Davidson implemented to re-engineer the world’s best-selling line of touring motorcycles. The road trip will never be the same.

In the largest scale new model launch in the company’s 110-year history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that feature improved power and braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics, and dramatic styling updates that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the touring motorcyclist’s experience.

Through the implementation of Project RUSHMORE, Harley-Davidson maintains its leadership in the luxury touring and performance bagger segments with motorcycles that are smart, comfortable, responsive and simply stunning.

A Journey, Led by Riders

“Project RUSHMORE has been touched by thousands of people, most of them being our customers and our employees,” said Scott Habegger, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Planning. “The voice of the customer is represented not just up front, but throughout the process. In our product development process, we gather input and ideas at formal focus groups, but also at all the events we attend, at our demo rides, sometimes just talking to that rider or passenger sitting on the next stool at a diner. In addition, Harley-Davidson dealers provide valuable input. We then take our ideas and solutions back to customers as prototypes and get more feedback before settling on a final design. With these inputs approved, we are then able to get into production very quickly. We really feel that we are in this together as riders.”

Harley-Davidson listens and responds like never before, and Project RUSHMORE produces thoughtful innovations and technology enhancements that build on the technological foundation that established the company’s dominant leadership in the touring motorcycle segment and collectively transform the Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycle platforms. Those enhancements slot into four customer-defined categories:

Control:  Project RUSHMORE bikes pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night, thus inspiring rider confidence.  Each model features the new Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ or the High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrains – both with fuel injection, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), and Daymaker™ LED and Dual Halogen lighting.

Infotainment: New color-screen Boom! ™ Box infotainment systems feature the first original-equipment voice recognition and touchscreen for music, GPS navigation and phone in motorcycling, with quality audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, text-to-speech technology, plus support for intercom and CB communications in a single module.

Feel: Aerodynamics and ergonomics come together to improve comfort – from the new Batwing fairing with splitstream venting, which reduces head buffeting by 20 percent, to best-in-class ride for passengers with wider and deeper seats and new back and arm rests.

Style: The form and the function of many components are improved – a larger Tour-Pak® and saddlebags with convenient One-Touch latches, sleeker fenders, lighter cast aluminum wheels and intuitive hand control switches.

Project RUSHMORE recalibrates the expectations of touring for motorcyclists. The above elements of Project RUSHMORE are applied to the following 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle models:

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Road King®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp and halogen fog lights

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

Low-profile front fender

Improved instrument graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHX_LStreet Glide®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHXS_AFStreet Glide® Special

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing and color-match fairing skirt

Stiffer 49mm forks

Premium Ride Hand-Adjustable Low Rear Shocks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTCU_AFElectra Glide® Ultra Classic®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTK_AFUltra Limited

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Stiffer 49mm forks

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Contrast Chrome Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

Tri Glide® Ultra

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic Assist & Slip clutch

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Linked Braking system

New rear brakes with 16 percent larger rotors

Foot-operated parking brake

As Harley-Davidson Prepares for An Indian Revival it Drops Road Glide From Lineup.

harleydavidsonroadglideultra-600Harley-Davidson officials confirmed in an investor conference call Thursday that it intends to discontinue the FLTRX Road Glide Custom and the FLTRU Road Glide Ultra from its 2014 model line up.   Senior vice president and CFO John Olin said the decision was part of the company’s typical process of bringing models in and out of the lineup each year as it introduces new bikes.  “While those two Road Glide models are strong for us, they represent a relatively small portion of our touring sales,” Olin said in the investor call. “We don’t expect any large impact for taking those two models out for the next model year.”

HD’s Chief Operating Officer Matt Levatich told the Milwaukee Business Journal the decision to discontinue those models was so the company could plan ahead for their business and “manage customer expectations.  HD officials say the cuts would not have a material impact on sales going forward.

CEO Keith Wandell told MBJ Harley management isn’t taking the competition lightly, but “we believe the way we’ve positioned our company and how we’ve transformed product development and the pipeline of products we have coming … Our job is to just bring great products to market and make sure we’re winning with great products.”

Wandell gave props to Polaris for picking Sturgis to relaunch the once famous brand. “I think they’ll get certainly a lot of traffic, a lot of folks looking,” Wandell told me. “But it’s just going to be folks that are at Sturgis. I think when we then unveil our new products a couple weeks later, I think it’ll more than offset what’s been done there.”

Triumph “Leaks” More Pictures of Adventure Bikes

Adventure touring isn’t a huge piece of the motorcycle industry.   And, until recently, British motorcycle maker, Triumph, was content to sit on the sidelines and allow German rival BMW to own the segment.   Now the Brits are jumping in with a new offering and using social media and the internet to organically create “buzz” for the new offering.

Triumph, or someone connected with the brand, has “leaked” these photographs of the new bikes on the website Onewheeldrive.net.     The “Adventure” appears to be 800cc or slightly larger which would put it in the class that BMW dominates with the GS800.

The Brits have setup a website for the new bikes were details are slowly released. www.triumphadventure.com