Harley-Davidson has revealed its new 2014 motorcycle line-up that includes seven Touring, Trike and Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models transformed by Project RUSHMORE, an elaborate customer-driven effort devised to improve the riding experience for bike owners.
The whole Harley-Davidson organisation was involved but two departments in particular, Engineering and Styling, were tasked with the job of going over the bikes from fender tip to fender tip and building in numerous technical and functional adaptations.
The culmination of a four-year product-development program, Project RUSHMORE introduces new technology and design enhancements including Bluetooth-enabled infotainment systems with GPS navigation, Daymaker LED headlamps, a new fairing with splitstream venting, and the Twin-Cooled Twin Cam 103 powertrain.
Additional news for 2014 from Harley-Davidson is the limited-production factory-custom CVO Softail Deluxe model, the restyled Dyna Fat Bob model, and the introduction of ABS for all Sportster models (excluding the Iron 883).
Road King Special
This Classic tourer is designed to look as if it’s just cruised straight out of the 1950’s with its whitewall tyres, classic-styled saddlebags and ‘boulevard looks’. Harley-Davidson has streamlined the front fender to show off more wheel, the controls have been completely redesigned and better laid out. The new Twin Cam 103 engine gives more mid-range power and the ABS, electronically linked brakes provide improved braking.
Powered by a Twin Cam 110 engine and stopped with ABS brakes, the Breakout features a new LED headlight, new embossed tribal pattern two-piece seat, contrast chrome ‘Turbine’ wheels, chopped fenders, three new options for a paint finish and braided steel lines.
Fat Bob Refresh
The all new Fat Bob gets a redesigned seat to give a more aggressive riding position, along with blacked out detailing on the shock covers and air cleaner. The rear end has been re-worked, the back fender chopped back, LED tail lights added along with restyled tank graphics. And at the front, the wide forks hold a 16 inch wheel with dual discs and a 130mm tyre and there’s a new twin headlight. Hefty drag style bars complete the look.
CVO Softail Deluxe
The CVO Softail Deluxe model comes with detachable windshield and luggage, a Twin Cam 110 engine (and an engine guard with footpads), and ABS as standard. The low seat is designed to inspire confidence at traffic lights and corners say the designers. Whitewalls, a deep finish CVO paint job and pull-back bars finish off this boulevard cruiser.
Powered by the 883cc Evolution engine, the Sportster features black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads. Electronic fuel injection means no more carburettors and results in increased reliability and less routine maintenance according to Harley-Davidson. Mid-mounted controls and foot pegs are designed for riders with shorter legs.
Named after the year its famous peanut tank was first introduced, the Forty-Eight belongs to the classic Sportster family. Its short chassis not only defines its look but also improves ride and handling in the view of Harley-Davidson. Its trademark fat front tyre on a laced wheel, under bar mirrors, ‘shorty’ pipes and low solo seat complete the effect. It is powered by the 1200cc Evolution engine with ABS as standard for 2014.
Night Rod Special
Stainless steel handlebars flow into the front-end assembly, with inverted forks set at a lower-angle rake and a two-up bucket saddle at the rear. Powered by a blacked-out 122hp engine, the Night Rod Special incorporates double-barrel exhausts and is shod with 240mm rear tyre for grip and traction. The rear fender is chopped down and tapered to complete the ‘street racer’ look.