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2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special

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THE AGGRESSIVE LOOKS AND RIDE TAKE OUR MOST ROAD-DEVOURING MACHINE TO AN EVEN DARKER PLACE.

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special: 

The aggressive looks and ride of the Road Glide® Special motorcycle take our most road-devouring machine to an even darker place with blacked-out finishes on handlebars, wheels and headers. Powered by a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight® 107 V-Twin, it’s also loaded with premium features like 19-inch front and 18-inch rear Talon wheels, stretched saddlebags, a painted inner fairing and a BOOM!™ Box 6.5GT Touchscreen Infotainment System. The ride is premium too, thanks to its responsive suspension and Reflex™ linked Brembo® brakes.

Blacked-out and loaded with premium features. Fire up the thrill-inducing Milwaukee-Eight® 107 V-Twin engine and you’re in for one hell of a ride.

 

Harley-Davidson Touring Story – Long haul comfort. No restraints.

Harley-Davidson® Touring models feature long haul comfort combined with power that will unleash your soul. Spanning decades of heritage and nostalgia, Touring bikes began their lineage in 1936 when the Motor Company introduced a new engine design nicknamed the Knucklehead. From that heritage grew the powerful Milwaukee Eight® engine with more power, comfort, and handling to go the distance, making piling up the miles
rewarding and comfortable for both rider and passenger.

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

NEW IN 2018
◾Dark finishes stretch from headlight to exhaust with new 19-inch front and 18-inch rear Talon wheels.
◾Dripping in black are the engine guard, front forks, handlebars and hand controls, mirrors, turn signals, tank console, engine covers, air cleaner cover, mufflers and exhaust shields.
◾Custom touches that create an aggressive, modern look include the stretched saddlebags that accentuate the bike’s long, low profile and painted inner fairings.
◾Hand-adjustable emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers offer 15% more preload adjustment than previous low-profile touring shocks.
◾Front suspension features dual-bending valve suspension technology that delivers the damping performance of a racing-style cartridge fork with linear damping characteristics and reduced weight.
◾Reflex™ linked Brembo® brakes with ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are standard equipment.
◾The all-black Milwaukee-Eight® 107 (1746 cc) engine offers quicker throttle response, more passing power, purer sound, a smoother ride and more of the feeling riders want from a Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle engine.
◾Each Milwaukee-Eight engine produces 10% more torque*. The Milwaukee-Eight 107 accelerates 11% quicker from 0-60mph, equal to a two-to-three bike length improvement, and 11% quicker from 60-80 mph in top gear, equal to a one-to-two bike length improvement*. The Milwaukee-Eight engine offers improved rider and passenger thermal comfort due to reduced heat absorption, increased heat rejection and a redesigned exhaust system.
◾For improved fit, a new, slimmer primary drive cover and the low-profile shape of the air cleaner cover provide improved rider legroom around the engine and an easier reach to the ground for many riders.
◾All Milwaukee-Eight powered models are fitted with an assist and slip clutch with improved hydraulic actuation and 7% less clutch lever effort.

*Compared to High-Output Twin Cam 103

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

SET YOUR OWN BOUNDARIES

 

Blacked-Out Finishes

Blacked-out from the front forks to the tips of the exhaust for an aggressive, modern look.

 

Milwaukee-Eight® V-Twin Engine

A powerful, smooth-running engine with crisp throttle response and a pure, soul-satisfying rumble.

 

All-New Blacked-Out Talon® Wheels

Big, bold wheels with spokes that extend all the way to the edge of the rim, so you can roll in with style and attitude.

 

Stretched Saddlebags

A sleek look on the outside and roomy on the inside with more than enough space to stash your riding essentials. The lids open with a single touch of a hand.

 

Premium BOOM!™ Box 6.5 Infotainment System

A stylish 6.5-inch full-color touch screen display with voice activation for hands-free mobile phone, media, and navigation. Delivers powerful, pure sound and dynamic full-range audio.

 

Reflex™ Linked Brembo® Brakes with Standard ABS

The front and rear brakes are electronically linked to provide exactly the right amount of brake to each tire no matter the road condition. No matter how good you are, this will make you a better rider.

Responsive Suspension

High-performing front and rear suspension with easily adjustable rear shocks put you in control of a plush ride.

 

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 
USD

Pricing6

  • Vivid Black $26,299
  • Color $26,799
  • Hard Candy Custom $29,299

Engine

  • Engine 1 Milwaukee-Eight® 107
  • Bore 3.937 in.
  • Stroke 4.375 in.
  • Displacement 107 cu in
  • Compression Ratio 10.0:1
  • Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust Black, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers

Dimensions

  • Length 95.7 in.
  • Seat Height, Laden 7 25.9 in.
  • Seat Height, Unladen 27.4 in.
  • Ground Clearance 5.5 in.
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
  • Trail 6.8 in.
  • Wheelbase 64 in.
  • Tires, Front Specification 130/60B19 61H
  • Tires, Rear Specification 180/55B18 80H
  • Fuel Capacity 6 gal.
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 5.2 qt.
  • Weight, As Shipped 820 lb.
  • Weight, In Running Order 855 lb.
  • Luggage Capacity -Volume 2.7 cu ft

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
  • Engine Torque 2 111 ft-lb
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,250
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated City/Hwy 5 45 mpg

Drivetrain

  • Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.593
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.65
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.938
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.407
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.875

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type 9 Black, Talon Cast Aluminum
  • Wheels, Rear Type Black, Talon Cast Aluminum
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, running lights, directional lights, low oil pressure, neutral, engine diagnostics, battery, cruise control, speakers, accessory, security system, gear indication, low fuel warning, ABS, miles to empty display, fog/aux lamp indicator
  • Gauges Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.

INFOTAINMENT

  • Infotainment system Boom!™ Box 6.5GT
  • Type Color
  • Watts Per Channel 25
  • Speakers 2
  • Speaker Size 6.5 inch BOOM standard
  • Headset Specifications (if equipped) 16-64 ohms
  • AM Standard
  • FM Standard
  • Weather Band (WB) Standard
  • SD Card, Flash Drive and MP3 – via USB Connection Supported
  • SiriusXM Presets 20 – P&A Upgrade (USA & Canada only)
  • Lauguages “English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese”
  • Hands-free Mobile Phone – via Bluetooth standard
  • Voice Recognition Languages: Phone functions only “English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese”
  • Voice Recognition Languages: Tuner/Media/Navigation “English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese”
  • Rider/Passenger Intercom Standard
  • Vehicle Information Screen (Air temperature, oil pressure and EITMS) Standard
  • Text-to-Speech (TTS) Languages English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portuguese
  • USB USB/MTP/iPod/iPhone
  • Bluetooth Phone/Media Supported
  • 1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
  • 6. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, added accessories, and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. Harley-Davidson reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer-specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.
  • 7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  • 8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  • 9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Below for Pricing in CDN

Pricing

  • Vivid Black $ 32,899
  • Color $ 33,499
  • Hard Candy Custom $ 36,349

Dimensions

  • Length 2,430 mm
  • Seat Height, Unladen 695 mm
  • Ground Clearance 140 mm
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
  • Trail 173 mm
  • Wheelbase 1,625 mm
  • Tires, Front Specification 130/60B19 61H
  • Tires, Rear Specification 180/55B18 80H
  • Fuel Capacity 22.7 l
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.9 l
  • Weight, As Shipped 372 kg
  • Weight, In Running Order 388 kg
  • Luggage Capacity -Volume 0.071 m3

Engine

  • Engine 1 Milwaukee-Eight™ 107
  • Bore 100 mm
  • Stroke 111.1 mm
  • Displacement 1,746 cc
  • Compression Ratio 10.0:1
  • Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust Black, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers

Drivetrain

  • Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.593
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.65
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.938
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.407
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.875

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type Black, Talon Cast Aluminum
  • Wheels, Rear Type 8 Black, Talon Cast Aluminum
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
  • Engine Torque 2 151 Nm
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,250
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 31
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 29
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated City/Hwy 5 5.2 l/100 km

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 7 High beam, neutral, running lights, turn signals, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, cruise control, speakers, accessory, security system, 6-speed, low fuel warning, ABS.
  • Gauges Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.

Infotainment

  • Infotainment system Boom!™ Box 6.5GT
  • Type Colour
  • Watts Per Channel 25
  • Speakers 2
  • Speaker Size 6.5 inch
  • Headset Specifications (if equipped) 16-64 ohms
  • AM Standard
  • FM Standard
  • SD Card, Flash Drive and MP3 – via USB Connection Supported
  • SiriusXM Presets 20 – P&A Upgrade
  • Languages English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese
  • Hands-free Mobile Phone – via Bluetooth Standard
  • Voice Recognition Languages: Phone functions only English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese
  • Voice Recognition Languages: Tuner/Media/Navigation “English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese”
  • Rider/Passenger Intercom Standard
  • Vehicle Information Screen (Air temperature, oil pressure and EITMS) Standard
  • Text-to-Speech (TTS) Languages English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese
  • USB USB/MTP/iPod/iPhone
  • Bluetooth Phone/Media Supported
  • 1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
  • 6. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  • 7. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  • 8. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Below for Pricing in  GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Pricing5

  • Vivid Black £22,195
  • Color £22,545
  • Hard Candy Custom £23,335

Engine

  • Engine 2 Milwaukee-Eight® 107
  • Bore 100 mm
  • Stroke 111.1 mm
  • Displacement 1,745 cc
  • Compression Ratio 10.0:1
  • Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust Black, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers

Dimensions

  • Length 2,430 mm
  • Seat Height, Unladen 695 mm
  • Ground Clearance 140 mm
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
  • Trail 173 mm
  • Wheelbase 1,625 mm
  • Tyres, Front Specification 130/60B19 61H
  • Tyres, Rear Specification 180/55B18 80H
  • Fuel Capacity 22.7 l
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.9 l
  • Weight, As Shipped 372 kg
  • Weight, In Running Order 388 kg
  • Luggage Capacity -Volume 0.071 m3

Performance

  • Engine Torque Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • Engine Torque 3 150 Nm
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,250
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31
  • Fuel Economy Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • Fuel Economy 5.9 g/km
  • CO2 Emissions Testing Method EC 134/2014
  • CO2 Emissions 135 g/km

Drivetrain

  • Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.593
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.65
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.938
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.407
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.875

Chassis

  • Wheels, Front Type 7 Black, Talon Cast Aluminium
  • Wheels, Rear Type Black, Talon Cast Aluminium
  • Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear

Electric

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 6 High beam, running lights, directional lights, low oil pressure, neutral, engine diagnostics, battery, cruise control, speakers, accessory, security system, gear indication, low fuel warning, ABS, miles to empty display, fog/aux lamp indicator
  • Gauges Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.

Infotainment

  • Infotainment system Boom!™ Box 6.5GT
  • Type Colour
  • Watts Per Channel 25
  • Speakers 2
  • Speaker Size 6.5 inch BOOM standard
  • Headset Specifications (if equipped) 16-64 ohms
  • FM Standard
  • MW Standard
  • LW Standard
  • SD Card, Flash Drive and MP3 – via USB Connection Supported
  • Hands-free Mobile Phone – via Bluetooth Standard
  • Rider/Passenger Intercom Standard
  • Vehicle Information Screen (Air temperature, oil pressure and EITMS) Standard
  • USB USB/MTP/iPod/iPhone
  • Bluetooth Phone/Media Supported
  • 1. Availability of colours may vary from dealer to dealer and is subject to change without further notice.
  • 2. Recommended 95 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  • 3. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  • 4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  • 5. Prices shown are suggested retail prices only. Please contact your nearest dealer for further details.
  • 6. Security system includes immobiliser and siren.
  • 7. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

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