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Harley-Davidson blasts into the future with 2014 lineup

August 19, 2013|By Charles Fleming
  • Harley Davidson's 2014 Ultra Limited is a billboard for the ways in which the company is modernizing its 110-year-old line of land yachts.
Harley Davidson's 2014 Ultra Limited is a billboard for the ways in… (Brad Chaney / Harley Davidson )

Harley-Davidson has unveiled a new line of motorcycles for 2014 that the company is calling "the largest scale new model launch" in its 110-year history.

The company staged a Denver press event to spotlight eight new machines that the company says will feature improved power, improved braking, enhanced aerodynamics and superior ergonomics -- all part of an ambitious campaign to modernize the company's reputation as a producer of venerable but somewhat dated motorcycles.

The company promises the new bikes "pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night," as a result of the product improvements.

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The result of a rider-engaged redesign program known as Project Rushmore, the 2014 lineup includes some overdue advancements, including anti-lock brakes, new fairing designs and more powerful headlights.

It also includes a fancy new "infotainment" package, which feature voice recognition and touch screen options for communication, navigation and music.

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The company also boasts improvements that will increase passenger comfort, better hand control operations and easier use of saddlebag latches.

The 2014 models are new versions of the Road King, Steet Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, Tri Glide Ultra, CVO Ultra Limited and CVO Road King.

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