But because of the aerodynamics, it’s like sitting behind the screen of a Road King, Gold Wing or other big-screen tourer.
And because the screen is such a long way in front, it doesn’t feel claustrophobic.
The Road Glide missed the 2013 Rushmore Project updates, but was brought back the following year with all those updates, including the high-output engine, better ergos, stronger brakes, improved controls and twin Daymaker LED headlights with a much greater spread and penetration of light.
The improved ergos largely consist of the handlebars being moved 22cm closer and with a more comfortable bend so there is no reach, plenty of control and no wrist aches on long days in the saddle.
The improved controls are the contoured buttons, two toggles and the cruise control now on the left, rather than the right switch block.
It’s one of the best cruise controls to use with no lag and the ability to make minor adjustments so you don’t accidentally cop a speeding fine, even in states with low speed tolerances.
Australia only gets the Road Glide Special which adds the Boom! Box 6.5 with superb quality sound, GPS and touch screen. It is the best sound system I have experienced on any bike. Not just loud, but clear.
The screen sits on top of the instruments, rather than below like on the Street Glide which makes it more visible, however, it also cops more glare in that position.
It’s also too far away for touch screen controls, although all controls can be done with the two toggles on the switchblocks.
I’d prefer the instruments on the top so you don’t have to look too far away from the road to check your speed.
2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special tech specs