As Harley-Davidson celebrates its 110th anniversary, it releases a new generation of motorcycles as part of Project RUSHMORE. The bikes included in Project RUSHMORE are not necessarily new models, but revamped editions including improved brakes, power, ergonomics and styling updates.Eight motorcycles were released during the Project RUSHMORE launch, including the new 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.
The Special takes the standard Street Glide hot-rodded bagger, and adds a host of upgrades, including Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, the Boom! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system, CVO-styled hand-adjustable rear suspension, and a Gloss Black inner fairing.The Street Glide Special is powered by the 103 ci that pushes 104.7 ft/lbs of torque at 3,250 rpm. The powerplant is hooked to the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission with integrated Isolated Drive System (IDS). And like the standard, the 2014 Harley Street Glide Special rolls on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and a stout swingarm “developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders and today’s powerful engines.”Other amenities on the 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide for the touring motorcyclist are full-length rider foot boards, height-adjustable passenger footboards and a six-gallon fuel tank to go the distance.Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Highlights:
High Output Twin Cam 103 Black powder-coated powertrain with chrome covers
Hydraulic clutch actuation
Integrated oil cooler
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission with integrated Isolated Drive System (IDS)
Dunlop “Multi-Tread” rear tire construction extends tire life by 25 percent
Full-length rider footboards
Six-gallon fuel tank
Electronic cruise control
Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS; floating open front brake rotors
Wind-tunnel tested Batwing fairing with Splitstream vent for reduced head buffeting; low smoked windshield
Dual Halogen headlight
Boom!™ Box 6.5 GT audio system with GPS and touchscreen, Bluetooth capability, with 25-watt per channel amplifier and four speakers
Jukebox media compartment with USB connection and One-Touch access door
One-Touch Design: A functional element applied to the Tour-Pak, saddlebags, Jukebox, and fuel tank door permits latching and unlatching with a press or pull of a finger
Restyled injection-molded hard saddlebags with One-Touch design latch
Ergonomic hand controls with intuitive design and improved tactile feel
49 mm telescopic front forks, stiffer triple clamps and larger steering bearings
Streamlined, low profile front fender
Gloss Black inner fairing
Redesigned saddlebag guard creates more passenger leg room
Easier-to-read gauges; 10 percent larger speedometer and tachometer with 68 percent wider numbers, 28 percent larger fuel and volt gauges with 30 percent wider numbers
Enforcer Cast Aluminum wheels; 19-inch diameter front wheel
Premium Ride Hand-Adjustable Low Rear Shocks
Chrome 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers
Streamliner rider footboards and passenger foot pegs
Stop/turn/tail rear lighting
Inserts fill the spaces between the saddlebags and the rear fender
Harley-Davidson Factory Security System with hands-free security fob
2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Specs:Engine:
Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103 with Integrated Oil-Cooler
Displacement (cubic in./cc): 103.1/1690
Bore X Stroke: 3.87 in. / 4.374 in.
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: 104.7 ft. lbs @ 3250 rpm
Frame: Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded
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