When Harley-Davidson launched Project Rushmore for 2014, the customer-driven enhancement program was said to be the most extensive and important in the company’s 110-year history. The first motorcycles to get the Rushmore treatment were those in the Touring family. Everything from higher-output engines, hydraulic clutches and linked ABS to high-tech audio/navigation systems, ergonomic switches and One-Touch latches on saddlebags, trunks and vents were aimed at improving the riding experience.
Project Rushmore also brought about a paradigm shift, with Harley-Davidson introducing partial liquid cooling on several air-cooled models, such as the top-of-the-line Electra Glide Ultra Limited. For better heat management and higher performance, the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 V-twin circulates coolant around the exhaust valves and through two radiators hidden within the fairing lowers, with all of the plumbing well hidden to maintain a traditional look. The Ultra Limited sends 95.0 lb-ft of torque at 3,700 rpm and 79.2 horsepower at 5,200 rpm to the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s dyno (Rider, December 2013).
With its 6-gallon fuel tank, 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission with integrated Isolated Drive System and low-maintenance belt final drive, the Ultra Limited is ready to go the distance. And the ride is enhanced with Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, the Boom! Box 6.5 GT Audio System with navigation, Daymaker LED headlight and fog lights, cruise control, heated grips, Smart Security System with hands-free fob, two power outlets, a luggage rack and luggage liners. Between the saddlebags and Tour-Pak trunk, total luggage capacity is 133 liters.
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