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Harley-Davidson FLTRI Road Glide Injection

2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Glide Custom

The year has proven to be a banner year for new roll-outs. As of this writing, has introduced 11 new models since its new model press launch in back in August of 2009 the year’s not over yet). has to be some sort of record.

some, like the 2010 Glide, were completely new others were updated models. The 2010 Harley Glide Custom is one of the mild offerings, but it deserves a closer

The Road Glide Custom you see is actually the result of two years of upgrades and improvements. For the ’09 model the FLTR Road Glide a new, stiffer frame to the entire Harley-Davidson Touring line, as well as a new swingarm and engine and driveline isolation improvements. The look may have traditional Road Glide, but the new produced superior ride and qualities.

Once Harley had the laid for a better touring it set its sights on refinements for this model. Officially renamed the Road Glide Custom, the version gets new rolling exhaust, and smoother styling.

It was my distinct pleasure to evaluate motorcycle on an 1,800 mile from South Dakota to before handing over the of our demo bike to our sister American Iron Magazine. It was the way to see the heartland of America and get acquainted my new riding buddy, the Road I’ve done that a few times before but never so comfortably while looking so


Moving the Road down the road on a long is not a problem for the Twin Cam 96″ V-twin Smooth highway vibes courtesy of Harley’s electronic port fuel injection and electronic throttle control with optional cruise thank you. The ETC unclutters the area, and it’s neat to the cruise with just a flick of the throttle grip.

The powdercoated engine is rubber-mounted in the and feeds power to a six-speed Drive transmission with a top gear for quiet, economical cruising. A new helical-cut fifth lessens transmission sound and smoother operation.

Also new year, the 2-into-1 exhaust single 4″-diameter chrome hanging below the right is designed to minimize heat to the rider and passenger.

The aforementioned Touring family was introduced by Harley-Davidson in 2009 and is on a single-spar, rigid-backbone steel developed to withstand the demands of touring. Think those disc wheels look They should. A similar was used on the 2009 Street but in a 17″-diameter front. The 2010 a cast-aluminum 18″ front wheel and a 16″ with machined highlights.

The Dunlop D407 Multi-Tread tire designed specifically for the Touring chassis features a center tread compound by a softer shoulder compound to handling and extend rear tread life for more miles.

The rear suspension was by 1″ this year, so the Road Custom gets a natural, Low Rider stance. Air-adjustable shock absorbers accommodate passenger and luggage loads. The geometry and suspension work over a wide variety of from touring down the to dicing a curvy road.

I the seating position and ergonomics of the Glide Custom; it fits my 6′ perfectly. The stainless steel has wide-set grips, and the one-piece, Street Glide-style seat perforated insert places my perfectly with plenty of leg comfort. I actually prefer the position of this bike and its ship, the Street Glide, to the touring Harley Ultra.

The Brembo four-piston front and calipers with dual rotors provide ample power. An optional anti-lock system (ABS) is available.


The new Road Glide was introduced at the press launch as a hot rod bagger akin to a cool ’40 Merc in the Street Rod world. Corporate went with a is more” attitude to clean up the Glides look and build a motorcycle that can provide of profiling opportunities. After that’s part of why we ride,

Up front there’s a new stylized headlamp shroud with the clear headlamp shield of Road Glide models The new smoked, short Lexan deflector drew criticism and ire staffers both here at RB and No doubt the aerodynamic, frame-mounted has always either attracted or folks, but for some reason, new low windscreen bought out the whiners in around the office.

I’ll my right hand here and with one hand to solemnly that I don’t know the heck they’re talking I rode this bike cross-plains wind shear than halfway across and I didn’t feel any of the mysterious buffeting supposedly experienced by who rode this very bike. Personally, I think fairing and screen combo and work great!

And nobody can argue that the fairing offers lighter feel than a fork-mounted That said, I’ll file this under the old category and move on.

On the driver’s of that controversial fairing find a cockpit array of instruments: electronic speedometer and fuel, voltage, oil pressure, and air temperature gauges, plus two non-locking storage compartments. a 40-watt, two-speaker Advanced System by Harman/Kardon with a player as standard equipment, and where I’ll do my only about the Road Glide

Try as I might, I could not get in the habit and to the radio controls or turn up the loud enough at highway speeds. I’ve found high-output speakers and stereo for the Harley Touring line would be must-haves on any Road I would own.

For packing a of laundry for a road trip, the hard saddlebags come much more attractive, latches this year and 2.26 cubic feet of Smooth inserts fill the between the saddlebags and the rear The streamliner footboards, brake and height-adjustable passenger pegs full chrome pans and chrome bands inset in the surface.

The 6-gallon fuel tank fewer necessary stops as as you have the stamina to run through a tank. Out back, a new taillight for ’10 replaces the center fender-mounted red with a pair of red brake/tail/turn lamps hanging from a chrome bracket that as a visor over the low-mounted plate. Tri-line LEDs are located at the bottom edge of the fender.

So smooth, so cool.

In the 2010 Road Glide has a lean and low attitude, but is well to go the distance. Here’s a comfortable, bagger with a hot rod look only attainable if you modified a yourself but now available on the showroom I liked this motorcycle so I tried to buy it.

Although I was unsuccessful on attempt, I’ve resolved to own one as as this someday. RB — By Steve photos by Bob Feather

This just in at press for you pencil-necked, finicky riders who tolerate the coolness of the stock low on the new Road Glide and complain too much) about some of mysterious alleged wind to your head, the Motor accessory division has released the new Splitter windshield. It’s to be shaped for more effective management. This 7″-tall is higher in the center than low-profile wind deflectors, and is to move more air over and the rider. The Wind Splitter is available for 1998-later Road models, $159.95. (Also for 1996-later Electra Glide, Glide and Trike models)

Harley-Davidson FLTRI Road Glide Injection
Harley-Davidson FLTRI Road Glide Injection
Harley-Davidson FLTRI Road Glide Injection
Harley-Davidson FLTRI Road Glide Injection


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