In conjunction with the debut of its 2016 motorcycles, Harley-Davidson is live-streaming the unveiling of its 2016 lineup to the world via an event dubbed “Ride Around the World.” The video is streaming on Periscope Sunday night, starting with our group who is in Portland, Oregon, for the press launch of Harley’s 2016 motorcycles. Then it’s a virtual ride to Sydney, Tokyo, Barcelona, Toronto, Mexico City, Las Vegas, before swinging back to the action in Portland. To “go along for the global ride,” follow @harleydavidson in the Periscope app where the ride will be posted for 24 hours, from 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug 23, through Monday, Aug. 24., (9 p.m. Central Time). A recap will also be posted on Harley-Davidson’s YouTube channel. That said, let’s take a first look at Harley-Davidson’s 2016 cast of cruisers and tourers.
2016 Harley-Davidson First Look –
One of the biggest storylines coming out of Milwaukee is Harley throwing the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 into two limited-edition Softails, the 2016 Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S. The stompin’ powerplant, formerly only available in CVO models, puts out a claimed 109 lb-ft of torque. Harley says it pulled this off without any significant weight gain, substantially boosting the power-to-weight ratio. A full spec sheet wasn’t available at the time to see how true that rings. The special edition “S” Softails come with cruise control, ABS, and H-D’s Factory Security System standard. Another change for 2016 is all Softail and Dynas, except the Street Bob, will be outfitted with the High Output Twin Cam 103. The High Output package includes a high-flow airbox and performance camshaft. Harley’s Dark Custom line, instrumental in their outreach to younger riders, sees the addition of two new members, the 2016 Iron 883 and 2016 Forty-Eight. In addition to Dark Custom styling treatment, the Iron 883 and Forty-Eight have all-new front and adjustable rear suspension, lighter mag wheels, and a reshaped seat made of new materials.
The 2016 Softail Slim S is one of the first production Harleys to receive the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine formerly reserved for CVO models.
When asked how the Dark Custom program is doing for The Motor Company, Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer said, “They’re doing great. That’s why we’re doubling down on it.
“We just keep making it better. With the new Iron 883 and the new Forty-Eight in particular, the year before with the Street 500 and 750. This whole effort and the products that have come with it have allowed us to be the number one seller of motorcycles to young adults and millenials in the United States, and that’s of any size motorcycle, not just heavyweight.”
Richer says the claim is supported by market share from full registration data of new motorcycle sales.
In addition to the Dark Custom Iron 883 and Forty-Eight, all Sportsters get a new suspension package while the 2016 Street 750/500 line get new brakes. The 2016 Harley lineup also sees the return of the Road Glide Ultra with its frame-mounted Shark-nose fairing.
2016 Softail Slim S – The Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 bundle of the Softail Slim S includes a Screamin’ Eagle Stage 1 high-flow intake and jet-black over/under dual shotgun mufflers. Richer said the Softail Slim S “looks like a throw-back, garage-built bike with lots of modern amenities as well.” The Slim S features a stubby rear fender, combo stop/turn/tail lights and a side-mounted license plate to keep the look of the rear tidy. It’s got a vintage-looking Hollywood handlebar, a gloss black “Cat’s Eye” tank console with a retro speedo face, half-moon rider footboards, a round air cleaner cover, and laced wheels with gloss black rims and hubs. The solo seat is stitched in a tuck-and-roll pattern. Chrome has been replaced with gloss black paint. The 2016 Softail Slim S is available in Vivid Black or an Olive Gold Denim paint scheme inspired by war-era WLA’s. All prices TBA.
2016 Fat Boy S – In addition to a new TC110 V-Twin, the Fat Boy S sees the addition of a Screamin’ Eagle Ventilator intake and over/under dual shotgun mufflers. The beefed up Fat Boy carries over signature styling cues like bullet-hole aluminum disc wheels, half-moon floorboards, and a five-gallon Fat Bob tank. Between its slammed suspension and low-slung seat, riders sit at a ground-skirting 24.25-inches. Like black? Good, because the 2016 Fat Boy S comes in either Vivid Black or Denim Black.
As mentioned, other Softails will now run the High Output Twin Cam 103. Electronic cruise control will be standard on the 2016 Heritage Softail Classic, Softail Deluxe, Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S models. It is available as a $250 accessory on all other 2016 Softails.
The 2016 Heritage Softail Classic gets a styling revamp, including saddlebags with a new internal support structure, styling tweaks to the seat and backrest, and a new leather tank panel matched to the pattern of the backrest. We’ve already highlighted the addition of the High Output Twin Cam 103 and standard cruise control. The 2016 Heritage Softail Classic carries over some of its trademark features, the list including a passenger backrest, a full-coverage removable windshield with quick-release mounts, a deep FL-style front fender and chrome laced wheels. It’s also equipped with ABS.
2016 Sportster Iron 883 – Styling chops on the Dark Custom Iron 883 includes clipped fenders, a blacked-out powertrain and exhaust, drag-style handlebars and a solo tuck-and-roll seat cover. The bullet-hole treatment is on the belt guard, exhaust shields and front fender brace. The blacked-out floating front brake rotor is teamed to a nine-spoke cast aluminum wheel finished in black with machined highlights. Best of all, the new arrangement on the front is said to reduce unsprung weight by eight pounds. The new suspension kit includes a cartridge-style fork and emulsion rear shocks with progressive-rate springs and a threaded pre-load adjustment collar. The 2016 Iron 883 comes in four color options: Charcoal Satin, Black Denim, or Olive Gold with an eagle-and-shield tank logo, or Hard Candy Custom Gold Flake with a flame detail paired with black fenders.
2016 Sportster Forty-Eight – The Dark Custom Forty-Eight has a meaty 130mm front tire to go along with a new, bigger 49mm fork with an aluminum fork brace. Chopped fenders leave plenty of the thick front tire on display. The exhaust shields, rear sprocket and belt guard are all slotted, while the 2.1-gallon Peanut tank features ‘70s style horizontal stripes, a cue that’s been popping up again in the custom bike scene. The cast-aluminum wheels have nine split spokes, a black finish and machined highlights. The 2016 Sportster Forty-Eight is offered in four solid colors: Vivid Black, Billet Silver, Velocity Red Sunglo and Olive Gold. Hard Candy Custom options include Hard Candy Cancun Blue Flake and Hard Candy Gold Flake.
The new Sportster suspension package has a front cartridge fork with a calibrated piston and valve stack and progressive-rate springs. The rear sees nitrogen gas-charged shocks featuring an internal valve stack with 36mm pistons and high-performance oil. The progressive-rate spring pre-load is adjustable by a threaded collar with a spanner that stows under the seat.
2016 Street 750 and 500 – For the new braking system on 2016 Street models, H-D partnered with Brembo. It includes 300mm brake rotors, a front caliper with 34mm pistons along with a matching rear caliper. The aluminum integrated rear master cylinder with reservoir has been updated while the aluminum front master cylinder comes with new brake lines. Clutch and brake levers are new, too. The rear brake pedal has been repositioned for better ergonomics. The horn mount is now tucked behind the radiator and the wiring harness has been modified. The 2016 Street 750 and Street 500 will be offered in two new colors, Superior Blue and Velocity Red Sunglo, along with Vivid Black and Black Denim.
2016 Road Glide Ultra – After a couple year’s hiatus, the touring-ready Road Glide Ultra is back. The new version gets the full Project Rushmore treatment, including the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine. Harley says the Twin-Cooling system “…allows the engine to maintain peak performance under the most demanding loads and riding conditions, and enables a higher 10.1:1 compression ratio for increased power and efficiency, including 10.7% more peak torque than the standard Twin Cam 103 engine. Coolant circulates through the cylinder heads in the area around the exhaust valves and through heat exchangers located in the left and right fairing lowers. The precision cooling system is thermostatically controlled and uses an electric pump to circulate coolant.” The Project Rushmore treatment includes Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, too. The Shark-nose fairing has integrated triple splitstream vents, mid-frame air deflectors, and a 13.5-inch tall touring windscreen. Nestled inside the fairing is Harley’s BOOM! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with a color touch screen and a 100-watt audio system. The screen is now located a couple inches closer to the rider in the reshaped inner fairing. Dual Reflector Daymaker LED headlamps and Enforcer cast aluminum wheels sweeten the deal. Passengers will like the increase in lumbar support from the reshaped backrest. The shape and angle of the armrests have also been reworked so passenger’s arms don’t slip forward. They’re also afforded a little more room courtesy of a seat that’s one inch wider and one inch longer than before. The 2016 Road Glide Ultra comes in three schemes – solid Vivid Black or Superior Pearl, two-tone combos of Billet Silver/Vivid Black, Mysterious Red Sunglo/Velocity Red Sunglo, and custom colors of Purple Fire/Blackberry Smoke or Cosmic Blue Pearl.
2016 Harley CVO Models
Harley offers three CVO models for 2016, its apex luxury-tourer called the CVO Limited, another long-hauler called the CVO Road Glide Ultra, and a boomin’ bagger in the form of the 2016 CVO Street Glide. All three feature a new tire pressure monitoring system that displays pressure readings through the odometer or infotainment screen. The CVO key fob now controls both the proximity-activated security system and electric luggage locking system, eliminating an extra fob. The trio also sees new LED front turn signals. All are powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin-Cooled Twin Cam 110.
Harley states “All models are equipped with the Assist & Slip Clutch Pack that provides a slip feature on downshifts to reduce loading of the driveline, and hydraulic clutch actuation to reduce lever effort and maintenance. All Harley-Davidson CVO models are factory-equipped with electronic cruise control, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, keyless ignition and the H-D Factory Security System, and an indoor/outdoor storage cover with the CVO logo. New for 2016, a narrow-profile primary cover and derby cover on all three models improves rider leg clearance, allowing many riders a more firm-footed stance on the ground.”
Here’s more details on the 2016 CVO line courtesy of Harley-Davidson’s press release.
- The 2016 CVO Limited is Harley's cream-of-the-crop tourer and the elder statesman of the CVO line.
- Chunky wheels, a 2.1-gallon Peanut tank, and new suspension give the 2016 Sportster Forty-Eight plenty of street cred.
- The 2016 Heritage Softail Classic receives the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine and has cruise control standard.
- All of the 2016 Dynas, including this Wide Glide, get the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine.
2016 CVO Limited –
New styling details include a color-matched splitstream vent in the Batwing fairing, replacing the previous black vent. A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak luggage replaces the previous black bezel. A new super-premium cover material for the rider and passenger seating surfaces combines vinyl and perforated leather for improved comfort. Refined by Project RUSHMORE, the CVO Limited is equipped with Daymaker LED lighting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification. The Airflow Collection combines black rubber and brilliant chrome highlights on heated hand grips, the brake pedal pad and shifter peg and rider and passenger floorboards. Premium removable luggage liners, back-lit hand control and dash switches and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment. The CVO Limited rolls on polished-chrome Slicer custom wheels. The new paint scheme is offered in three color combinations: Palladium Silver/Phantom Blue, Carbon Dust/Electric Red Pearl, and Charcoal Slate/Palladium Silver.
2016 Road Glide Ultra –
The distinctive frame-mounted, Shark-nose fairing of the CVO Road Glide Ultra motorcycle features triple splitstream vents and a 13.5-inch touring windshield to virtually eliminate head buffeting. An exclusive 1.25-inch diameter chrome handlebar offers more pullback and height to position the rider for optimal control and long-haul comfort. Touring comfort is further enhanced by improved seat and backrest shapes and foam density for rider and passenger. A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak replaces the previous black bezel. The fairing is equipped with brilliant Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamps. The color-matched inner fairing holds a color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification. The influence of Project RUSHMORE includes Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, One-Touch design latches, and a stout 49mm fork. A dual control heated seat, polished chrome Slicer custom wheels, premium removable luggage liners, back-lit hand control and dash switches and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment. The paint scheme features flowing color in three new combinations: Ruby Red/Palladium Silver, Stardust Silver/Palladium Silver, and Charcoal Slate/Carbon Dust.
2016 CVO Street Glide –
You’ll hear Harley’s top-shelf bagger comin’ thanks to a “premium audio system unmatched for sonic quality in the motorcycle category – a BOOM! Box audio system driving four dual-amped three-way speakers through a pair of 300-watt, four-channel amplifiers, meticulously engineered to deliver extraordinary sound optimized for the motorcycle riding environment. A color-matched splitstream fairing vent replaces the previous black vent in the batwing fairing. The CVO Street Glide also features a side-fill fuel tank topped by a slammed console with illuminated CVO logo, extended saddlebags, Airflow Collection accessories from hand grips to muffler caps, a custom CVO seat, Daymaker LED headlamp and aerodynamic Wind Splitter windscreen. Project RUSHMORE features include an iconic Batwing fairing with splitstream vent to reduce head buffeting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the BOOM! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS. For 2016, wheels are selected to complement each paint color combination: Five-spoke Contrast Chrome Aggressor wheels and a blacked-out engine are paired with the dynamic Carbon Crystal/ Phantom Flames and White Amethyst/Black Licorice Flames colors; Polished Chrome Aggressor wheels and a Granite and Chrome engine are matched with the Atomic Red/ Candy Apple Flames or Black Licorice/Midnight Cobalt Flames colors.