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    Exclamation New Road Glide for 2015

    A leaked memo sent out to Harley-Davidson dealers reveals plans to drop several models from the companyís 2014 lineup. Slated to disappear are the XR1200X Sportster, the FXS Softail Blackline, and the FLHTC Electra Glide Classic. Also being discontinued, at least for 2014, is the FLTRX Road Glide Custom and FLTRU Road Glide Ultra, as the tourer models undergo a design refresh. The memo also indicates Harley-Davidson will drop the FLHRC Road King Classic in North America while discontinuing the FLHR Road King in other markets.According to the memo, the changes were made to optimize the number of choices available, reduce product overlap, reflect marketplace dynamics and reduce model complexity in showrooms.The most interesting news is the decision to redesign the Road Glide models. According to the memo, the company needed to update the manufacturing processes for the Road Glide, including replacing the fairing tooling. Since Harley-Davidson needs to retool, it made sense to give the Road King a design refresh at the same time.The memo explains:

    Both Road Glide models are being discontinued for 2014MY to undergo planned design refreshes; during this time we will also be making needed updates to the manufacturing processes currently being used to produce these models. For example, the fairing tooling for this model is at the end of its usable life, so during the discontinued timeframe we will both update this design and retool manufacturing equipment. Making both design and build changes during this time will enable us to more quickly reintroduce a more innovative and better-than-ever Road Glide for your touring customers. Additional information on the reintroduction of the Road Glide will be shared at the 2013 Annual Dealer Meeting in August.

    In the case of the XR1200X, Blackline and Electra Glide Classic, Harely-Davidson decided to give them the ax after reviewing sales trends. In the case of the Road Kings, Harley-Davidson decided to keep only one version. The Road King will remain in North America but the Classic will still be offered in other markets because it is more popular than the regular model.More information will emerge from Harley-Davidsonís dealer meeting in August.



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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm............. Interesting stuff

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    Aye, we will have a long wait to see what they come up with

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    unless they spring somemore leaks .....

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    ........glad WE never 'leaked' it further, by exposing it on this forum........

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    Will that make the current road glide a collectors item

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    Will that make the current road glide a collectors item
    Good point .... mines a keeper

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    Re-designing front of Road Glide for the radiators perhaps likewise Ultra.

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    You hit the nail right on the head there Frank, what the Road Glide gets in 2015, all the Big Twins will get soon after

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    I don't know about that, Indian (Polaris) have just done a new engine and its air cooled, so it must be possible to produce one that meets legislation.

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    Guess we will just have to wait and see Steven

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    The talk is that it will be a part water cooled engine

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    Can't beat a water cooled. Said by and avid Rod fan

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    Well Trudy, it looks like the rest of the big twins are going down that road. The trick for the motor co is to make sure it still has the look and sound of the BIG TWIN

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    Re: New Road Glide for 2015

    From another forum - it seems that in late 2010, Harley applied for a patent, which was granted, for oil cooled heads for Big Twins. So liquid cooled could be correct, but maybe not water. Time will tell.....

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