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Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom
Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom

2011 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Glide Custom/PowerPak review

December 19, 2010

a blue streak

Low down and up

The fun begins a few miles west of the of Williams when Highway 20 the flat terrain of the Sacramento and commences to corkscrew through the of the Mayacamas Mountains. Here the Glide Custom is in its element, effortlessly through the sweepers, up and the grades, the torque-rich TC 103 mill eagerly up the inclines with virtually optional, and the sensation is of piloting an open cockpit on a long strafing run—a heightened by the one-with-the-machine operator and the bike’s chopped fairing serves more as a nosecone a wind stopper.

The machine is nimble, displaying tautly and unflappable manners, and providing cornering clearance—it takes conviction to ground a footboard on thing. No apex is safe the Blue Streak, as I’ve to call it, and neither for that are the banzai ground squirrels. I the kill marks to prove it.

This particular FLTRX is up with factory options, cruise control, Chrome laced wheels and, the PowerPak. The PowerPak is a $1,995 of upgrades consisting of an anti-lock system, Smart Security and the aforementioned TC 103 motor in place of the TC 96. With its wider bore and compression ratio, the TC 103 brings a 102 ft/lbs of torque to the game, and it little in return.

Fuel is at least comparable to the TC 96 (we averaged a 46.8 mpg in highway use on the machine), and any heat generated by the greater is handled effectively by the oil cooler subtly below the voltage and looking like a demi-chin

Add to that the most excellent ABS was first offered on the Touring for 2008, and you’ve already than justified the PowerPak This system pairs the stock Brembo brakes to superb stopping capability in the most dicey situations, be it pavement, a gravel spill or a texter. Considering how perilous has become these days, in over-trafficked urban areas, we recommend this system too (And we’re happy to that it’s offered on models for the first time year. We’ll be reviewing development in the near future.)

We can’t really tell you about the Smart Security on this bike since the corps isn’t smart to figure them out, and finally realized that us the Smart key fob was like handing a rule to a chimp, and they’re no used on test fleet Suits us. (If we had our way, the PowerPak would consist of the TC 103, and cruise control instead of Security. We’re just


The Road Glide is an odd duck in the Milwaukee pond and eyebrows when introduced year as the only representative of the Glide clan. There are two for that, really, the first the absence of an actual Road purpose-built two-up distance that had garnered its own devoted over the years, largely on the and handling appeal of its frame-mounted, fairing, fondly referred to as the nose. There was alarm at the that that model was and also consternation at the Custom seemingly replaced it, being an FLHX Street Glide its batwing fairing swapped for the nose sans functional that had appeared on the 2009 CVO Glide.

As it turned out, Milwaukee planned it that way, and had intended to roll out the grand new Glide Ultra for 2010, but cake wasn’t fully until this year. that now, the creation of the makes a whole lot more as the custom bagger genre has to embrace the shark nose and it was a shrewd and simple move for the to bolt one on to their existing bagger, the Street Glide—and it hurt, in making that that the Street Glide happened to be the biggest-selling street of any make in the U.S.

Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom
Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom

In light of that consanguinity the FLHX and FLTRX, the Motor coined the obvious term rod bagger” to apply to those two though we’ve taken to them the “X-Glides” for equally reasons. Theyshared the pitch-perfect touches of a rear suspension by an inch and a rear fender side panel fillers and the array of frenched-in tail

They also shared saddlebag latches, an 18-inch front tire, passenger rather than footboards at the time, a 2-into-1 exhaust that eliminated the left-side Changes to both models for include a new seat that’s in the front for easier leg stretch to the and a retrenchment to the familiar 2-1-2 Uncharacteristically, Harley listened to complaints about the 2-into-1 that they didn’t the asymmetry and it was too costly to add a second made the change. (From our perspective, they should ignored the whining, for reasons functional and aural.)

What the X-Glides share in above all else this though, is the availability of the PowerPak as an and in practice that option the sub-platform to four distinct It also presents a strange model landscape wherein the TC 103 is on the Road King Classic, Glide Ultra Classic and Road Glide Ultra, on the X-Glides, but unavailable on the standard King, Electra Glide or Ultra Classic. If that confusing, it’s because it is.


It’s out on the Interstate during fast stretches of serious pounding that the Road Custom’s lack of a windscreen of any Faustian deal with chic—knocks some of the model’s off. Under those the dark eyebrow extending to the top of the stereo deck serves to direct the wind gathered by the nose right into face.

It’s not so much a buffeting as a blow, and besides that there’s the annoyance of the 40-watt sound system being virtually inaudible by wind at even moderate speeds. But so You know that going in this bike, and the fix is easy

Get a taller windscreen to slap on for trips. The swap is an easy operation, and a smoked 12″ Wind Windshield from H-D P-A should do the for about $160. It’s nice to have options.

Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom
Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom
Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom


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