Rumours that Harley-Davidson was dropping its Road Glide Custom and the Road Glide Ultra have been floating for a while. Now, company bigwigs have confirmed that gossip.
While the Road Glide models were popular with H-D enthusiasts who wanted a fully-kitted touring bike, Harley-Davidson management claimed they weren’t a huge part of their touring sales. Even still, why’d they drop the bikes? The MoCo execs made their comments in a conference call with investors, apparently, but did not explain the move.
Some gossip on Cyril Huze’s blog says the machine used to make the bikes’ fairings was damaged, and too expensive to replace. Another piece of gossip claims the V-Rod is also on the way out, and the V-Rod and Road Glides are both about to be replaced by a new model with water-cooled heads.
Who’s to say? We do know there’s a new Harley-Davidson model en route, to be unveiled roughly around the same time their 110th anniversary celebrations go down, but nobody’s telling us if it’s a tourer, a bagger, or what.