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2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom Preview

2013 Harley-Davidson FLTRX

Known as the "tourer’s touring bike," the Harley-Davidson Road Glide has gained much popularity throughout the years due to its sharknose, frame-mounted fairing and signature dual headlight.

But Harley takes its Road Glide FLTRX one step further with the Road Glide Custom, the bike lowered and enhanced with additional custom parts.

And for 2013, The Motor Company returns with its Road Glide Custom as a carryover model, the only change being the Candy Orange paint option replacing last year’s Chrome Yellow. The other three colors – Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl, Black Demin – continue to be offered in 2013.

And like it has since last year, the Road Glide arrives with the Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel. The rubber-mounted engine produces 100 ft. lbs. of torque at 3250 rpm, bringing a new level of performance to the tourer.

The Road Glide Custom also takes styling to a new level, offering a slammed, custom appearance. Harley says "with a lowered suspension, large 18-inch front wheel, shorty, smoked wind deflector, color- matched saddlebag latches and custom rear fascia and taillight, the Road Glide Custom brings true attitude and style to that renowned handling."

As for options, the 2013 Road Glide Custom is offered from the factory with a Security Package Option, combining an Anti-lock Braking System and Smart Security System.

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom.

2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom FLTRX Highlights:

  • New Paint Color Options
  • Rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option
  • 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission with integrated Isolated Drive System (IDS)
  • Dunlop "Multi-Tread" rear tire construction extends tire life by 25 percent
  • Brembo 4-piston front and rear caliper with dual front rotor brake system
  • Security Package Option including factory- installed Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free fob and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Sculpted seat for added comfort and improved ground reach
  • Custom floorboard
  • 18-inch front wheel with a lower-profile, 130/80B18 tire
  • 2-into-1 exhaust and single, four-inch-diameter chrome muffler
  • Red stop/turn/tail lights with chrome bracket that doubles as a visor over the low-mounted license plate
  • Stylized headlamp shroud
  • Smoked, short Lexan wind deflector
  • Black powder-coated powertrain with chrome covers
  • Black, Slotted Disc cast aluminum wheels
  • Lowered rear suspension
  • Aerodynamic frame-mounted fairing
  • Deep FL front fender with no trim
  • Stainless steel, easy reach handlebar
  • Chrome, low-profile fuel tank console
  • One-piece, two-up Street Glide-style seat with perforated insert
  • Injection-molded hard saddlebags with color-matched latches; 2.26 cu. ft. volume
  • Inserts fill the spaces between the saddlebags and the rear fender
  • Silver-faced, fairing-mounted electronic speedometer and tachometer plus fuel, voltage, oil pressure and ambient air temperature gauge
  • Streamliner footboards, brake pedal and passenger pegs
  • 40-watt, two-speaker Advanced Audio System by Harman/Kardon with CD/MP3 player
  • Tri-line LED rear fender tip light
  • Air-adjustable rear shocks
  • Full-length rider footboards
  • Height-adjustable passenger footboards
  • Six-gallon fuel tank
  • Optional electronic cruise control

2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom FLRTX Specs:

Engine:

  • Air-cooled Twin Cam 103 with Integrated Oil-Cooler
  • Displacement (in./cc): 103/1690
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive
  • Miles Per Gallon: 42 MPG combined City/Hwy
  • Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 6/22.7
  • Power: 100 ft. lbs. torque @ 3250 rpm

Dimensions:

  • Length (in./mm): 95/2413
  • Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 26.1/663
  • Wheelbase (in./mm): 63.5/1613

Tires:

  • Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall front and rear
  • Front: D408F BW 130/70B18 63H
  • Rear: D407 BW 180/65B16 81H

Wheels:

  • Front: Black Slotted 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457 mm x 89 mm)
  • Rear: Black Slotted 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum 16 in. x 5 in. (406 mm x 127 mm)
  • Optional Style: Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced

Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg):

  • 809/637

2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom FLTRX Color Options/MSRP:

  • Vivid Black / $19,799
  • Big Blue Pearl / $20,309
  • Candy Orange / $20,309
  • Black Denim / $20,309

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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