Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLTR Road Glide pictures (2009)

HD-Harley Davidson FLTR Road Glide (2009) Pictures, Review and Specifications.

Identified by its “shark nose” frame-mounted fairing, the Road Glide gobbles up the highway with rakish style. Hard-shell saddlebags, electronic cruise control, and the 40-watt Advanced Audio System by Harman/Kardon are standard equipment.

Harley Davidson FLTR Road Glide (2009)
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The 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide incorporates technological improvements while retaining the classic look Harley riders want.

The 2009 Harley-Davidson Touring lineup is new from the ground up. The Dunlop D407 Multi-tread tires are a perfect match for the new black 28 spoke cast aluminum wheels. The new frame and swingarm provide a solid base for the new components and provide greater carrying capacity.

2009 FLTR Road Glide features

- New 2-1-2 exhaust system
- New engine isolation system
- New Isolated Drive System
- New 28-spoke cast aluminum wheels, 17" front and 16" rear
- New Dunlop 407 tires, 130/80-17 front and 180/65-16 rear
- ABS brakes
- 40-watt Harman/Kardon audio system with CD/AM/FM/WB/MP3

Riding Impressions

I don't ride much during rainy season, so I had some concerns about the weather before starting our ride. All such concerns soon faded away—I found the 2009 Harley-Davidson FLTR Road Glide to be stable and confidence inspiring even when riding in heavy rain and windy conditions.

The wide fixed fairing provides excellent protection from the elements. My gloves and leather jacket stayed relatively dry considering the heavy rain we encountered on San Marco Pass. I noticed very minor buffeting at high freeway speeds, not surprising given the greater distance to the tall windscreen (located farther from the rider than the fork-mounted fairings on the other models). The one-piece, two-up Road Glide Classic seat allowed me to adjust my seating position during the ride, ensuring all-day comfort.

It's hard to believe the the Road Glide weighs 820 pounds while at speed. The handlebars and grip position, combined with well-placed and easy to use controls create a natural and comfortable riding position. Steering effort is light, consistent and precise, no doubt enhanced by the Road Glide’s frame-mounted fairing.

The tires have excellent grip and at times it felt more like riding a sport-tourer. 4-piston Brembo calipers, 300mm rotors (dual front and single rear) are well matched to the Road Glide's bulk. The front and rear brakes are easy to control. I was completely at ease with the balanced handling and strong brakes.

Ground clearance on the winding back roads was never an issue even when riding at a spirited "touring" pace. This sport-bike rider enjoyed riding the 2009 Road Glide even when pushing the limits.

No doubt about it, the 2009 Harley-Davidson FLTR Road Glide is up to the challenge of all-weather long-distance touring.

MSRP: Black $18,599, Color $19,049. Options included on test bike: ABS ($795) and California Emissions ($200).

General information

Model: Harley-Davidson FLTR Road Glide
Year: 2009
Category: Touring
Rating: 75.5 out of 100.

Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1584.00 ccm (96.66 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2
Stroke: 4
Torque: 125.00 Nm (12.7 kgf-m or 92.2 ft.lbs) @ 3500 RPM
Compression: 9.2:1
Bore x stroke: 95.3 x 111.1 mm (3.8 x 4.4 inches)
Fuel system: Injection. Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Starter: Electric
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 6-speed
Transmission type final drive: Belt
Clutch: 9-plate, wet

Physical measures
Dry weight: 355.0 kg (782.6 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 378.0 kg (833.3 pounds)
Seat height: 683 mm (26.9 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,397 mm (55.0 inches)
Overall length: 2,390 mm (94.1 inches)
Overall width: 909 mm (35.8 inches)
Ground clearance: 129 mm (5.1 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,613 mm (63.5 inches)

Chassis and dimensions
Frame type: New mild steel, single spar rigid backbone with
Rake (fork angle): 26.0°
Trail: 173 mm (6.8 inches)
Front suspension: 41.3mm telescopic fork
Front suspension travel: 117 mm (4.6 inches)
Rear suspension: Air-adjustable
Rear suspension travel: 76 mm (3.0 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 130/80-B17
Rear tyre dimensions: 180/65-B16
Front brakes: Double disc. Brembo triple-disc brake system
Front brakes diameter: 300 mm (11.8 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 300 mm (11.8 inches)
Exhaust system: 2-1-2 exhaust system

Other specifications
Fuel capacity: 22.71 litres (6.00 gallons)
Fuel consumption pr. 10 km (6.2 miles): 5.00 litres (1.32 gallons)
Comments: Optional ABS

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