Project RUSHMORE Redefines 2014 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson has created a new generation of American freedom machines. In the largest scale new model launch in the companyâ€™s 110-year history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that feature improved power and braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics, and dramatic styling updates that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the touring motorcyclistâ€™s experience.
Countless ideas. Thousands of hours of research and testing. Eight extraordinary motorcycles. Project RUSHMORE introduces technology and design enhancements that will recalibrate the expectations of the touring motorcyclist: Savvy electronic controls and infotainment. Aerodynamics born in the wind tunnel. Bodywork shaped by the most-respected styling team in the industry. Comfort good for endless miles and, of course, more American V-Twin power. The road trip will never be the same.
Project RUSHMORE is the result of an entirely new way to produce motorcycles. In a process that invokes the voice of the customer throughout an accelerated development program, the ideas and dreams of thousands of motorcyclists are allowed to percolate with those of Harley-Davidson employees.
â€œProject RUSHMORE is a pure expression of our relationship with our customers and a shared passion for riding motorcycles,â€ said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. â€œItâ€™s resulted in some outstanding innovations, but from day one weâ€™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 input 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 weâ€™ve been saying that we ride with you. Project RUSHMORE elevates that devotion to a higher level.â€
Building on the technological foundation that established the companyâ€™s dominant leadership in the touring motorcycle segment, eight new 2014 Harley-Davidson models, including Road KingÂ®, Street GlideÂ®, Street GlideÂ® Special, Electra GlideÂ® Ultra ClassicÂ®, Ultra Limited, Tri GlideÂ® Ultra, CVO Ultra Limited and CVO Road KingÂ® feature innovative Project RUSHMORE-inspired enhancements. They slot into four customer-defined categories:
Control: Project RUSHMORE bikes pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night, thus inspiring rider confidence. Each model features the new Twin-Cooledâ„¢ High Output Twin Cam 103â„¢ or the High Output Twin Cam 103â„¢ powertrain â€“ both with fuel injection, Reflexâ„¢ Linked Brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), and Daymakerâ„¢ LED and Dual Halogen lighting.
Infotainment: New color-screen Boom! â„¢ Box infotainment systems feature the first original-equipment voice recognition and touchscreen for music, GPS navigation and phone in motorcycling, with quality audio, BluetoothÂ® 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 splitstream 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 â€“ a larger Tour-PakÂ® and saddlebags with convenient One-Touch latches, sleeker fenders, lighter cast aluminum wheels and intuitive hand control switches.
Project RUSHMORE recalibrates the expectations of touring for motorcyclists. The above elements of Project RUSHMORE are applied to the following 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle models: Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, and Tri Glide Ultra
We look forward to bringing you our reviews of each!