With all the excitement of the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary, it was nearly possible to miss the big news from the Motor Company – the announcement of the 2014 Harley-Davidson line-up, and eight of the new bikes’ benefit from an initiative that has been named “Project RUSHMORE.”
Project Rushmore, a customer-driven package of enhancements designed to give Harley’s luxury-tourers (and performance baggers) more power, better brakes, improved ergonomics, fresh styling and upgraded infotainment with voice-recognition software featuring text-to-speech capabilities. In addition to fresh new looks, the 2014 touring models boasting low-profile front fenders and cast aluminium wheels that are said to be lighter and stiffer than the earlier units making for great improved features for women motorcycle riders.
“Project RUSHMORE is a pure expression of our relationship with our customers and a shared passion for riding motorcycles,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “It’s resulted in some outstanding innovations, but from day one we’ve been focused on taking the total rider and passenger experience to the next level. We come together, to quote the Beatles, through a process that uses not just formal feedback, but the kind of advice we get from listening to customers out on the road, and then we blend that with our engineering and styling expertise. For years at Harley-Davidson we’ve been saying that we ride with you. Project RUSHMORE elevates that devotion to a higher level.”
Overall improvements in:
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, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), and Daymaker™ LED and Dual Halogen lighting.
Infotainment: New colour-screen Boom! ™ Box infotainment systems feature the first original-equipment voice recognition and touch screen 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 split stream 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 reshaped Tour-Pak and saddlebags with convenient One-Touch latches, sleeker fenders, lighter cast aluminium wheels and intuitive hand control switches.
Eight 2014 Harley-Davidsons get the Project Rushmore treatment: the Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, CVO Ultra Limited and CVO Road King, plus the Tri Glide Ultra trike.
Aerodynamics and ergonomics come together to improve comfort, from the new Batwing fairing with split-stream venting transitions smoothly to the base of the windshield reducing head buffeting by 20 percent, to an improved ride for passengers with wider and deeper seats and new back and arm rests.
One-Touch Design: A functional element applied to the Tour-Pak®, saddlebags, jukebox, fairing lower storage compartments, and fuel tank door permits latching and unlatching with a simple press or pull of a finger.
New Tour-Pak®: Its crisp new shape makes the new Tour-Pak appear more compact, but it actually offers 4 per cent more capacity than the previous Tour-Pak design, and it still holds two full-face helmets. New LED rear lighting is less intrusive within the rear corners of the Tour-Pak. The single one-touch latch and a new self-centering catch and retractable tether make it possible to open and close the Tour-Pak lid with one hand. The Tour-Pak lock is now integrated into the latch. New premium hinges eliminate exposed rivets. The interior features a new liner material and a new map and tool kit pouch. The new Tour-Pak luggage support structure looks cleaner and allows one inch of adjustment for the Tour-Pak to move forward or backward to reposition the passenger backrest.
New Saddlebags: The new hard saddlebags have a sleeker shape that complements the Tour-Pak, and offer about 1 per cent more capacity. New one-touch latch handles are located between the seat and the saddlebag. A new hinge design makes it possible to open the lid with one hand. The tubular saddlebag guards have been reshaped to increase passenger leg room while still providing protection for the bags. The new saddlebag supports are made of cast aluminium and are cleaner looking, lighter in weight, comprise fewer parts, and provide better bag alignment than the steel supports they replaced. The new supports also accommodate easier installation of accessory docking kits for backrests and racks.
New Jukebox Compartment: The new jukebox compartment on the fairing dash features a USB port for charging and connecting to mobile phones and other electronic devices. The jukebox compartment features a cushioned bottom and water-resistant foam seal around the one-touch door.
New Fairing Lowers Storage: The storage compartments in the lower fairings offer 37 per cent more capacity than the previous design and feature hinged doors with one-touch latches. A new sliding latch for the fairing vent door is easier to use.
New Hand Controls: The shape, feel, position, and function of all hand controls have been improved. Hand control buttons have a dished shape and angle that better fits the thumb or finger and provides positive engagement. Switch texture and keystroke was designed to provide better feel and feedback. The cruise control button is moved to the left hand control so the right hand no longer has to maintain the throttle and engage the control. All infotainment functions are controlled through thumb-operated five-way joysticks located on the left and right hand control areas. A new trip switch trigger on the back of the left hand control cycles the LCD screen on the speedometer through odometer, trip, range to empty, clock, and gear displays. Five open panel switches are prewired for installation of accessories.
New Gauges: Designed to be easier to read in all conditions, the new speedometer and tachometer on all fairing-equipped models feature a 10 per cent larger viewing area and 68 per cent wider numbers. Warning lights and the speedometer screen are also larger and more visible. The fuel and volt gauges are 28 per cent larger. The oil pressure and ambient air temperature displays have been moved to the Boom!™ Box infotainment screen. The Ultra Limited gauges have an elevated and lighted “stadium” tic band around the perimeter. A larger number font is also featured on the Road King model’s speedometer.
New Fenders: All 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring models feature a more contemporary front fender design. The steel fender has a streamlined shape, and the skirt has been cut higher to expose more of the front wheel. The fender is also tilted forward slightly to level it with the ground. The rail and rubber bumper have been removed from the Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Ultra Limited models, and those models and the Road King model have a sleeker tip light. At the rear, the Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Ultra Limited models have the turn signals relocated to the Tour-Pak, and the rubber fender bumper has been eliminated. The rear fender rubber bumper and tip guard has also been removed from the Road King model.
New Wheels: All Touring models feature new Original Equipment cast aluminium wheels designed to be lighter and stiffer than previous wheel styles. The Street Glide and Street Glide Special models are equipped with the five-spoke Enforcer cast aluminium wheel and feature a new 19-inch diameter front wheel. Other Touring models are fitted with the new 10-spoke Impeller cast aluminium wheels, with an 18-inch diameter front wheel. All models have a 16-inch diameter rear wheel.