Yet again, Harley-Davidson has done it. The 2012 Road Glide Custom is a perfect addition to the Touring family of motorcycles. The Road Glide Custom is yet another example of unsurpassed power and unique style.
Before you can even get on this motorcycle you will notice its unique style. The first thing to catch your eye is the low ride plus leather seat with backrest. Next thing that grabs you is the large shark-nose style fairing. It is frame mounted for stability and twin headlamps grace the front of this low-ride machine for better visibility. A beautiful hand crafted, teardrop shaped six gallon gas tank has plenty of surface to show off that Harley-Davidson name plate and impeccable paint job. Hard case saddlebags engulf the rear of the bike with even more paint space showing. They are color matched, water proof, and are locked and unlocked with the ignition key.
As with all Harley-Davidson motors the design and power leave the competitors in the dust. This machine is not different with its 1687.9 cc, four-stroke, overhead valve (OHV), V Twin engine. This engine has been taken to the next level with an electronic sequential port fuel injection (ESPFI) system. The use of this has fine honed the timing and reduced piston friction. Lighter weighted Pistons have contributed to the efficiency of the motors performance. Another added bonus has been an increase in miles per gallon (MPG). Due to the four-point engine mounting you hear nothing but the roar of the motor not the rattle of the metal. Giving yet more stability and maneuverability to the motorcycle is the new frame and swing arms that no longer use bent tubes and welded parts. They have been replaced with castings and forgings. A large 18-inch front wheel has been added and paired with a longer than usual rake for even better handling and tighter turning radius at lower speeds. The air adjusted rear suspension just adds to the amazing ride. Since, Harley-Davidson is always very concerned with the rider’s comfort, the exhaust has been equip to blow hot air away from the driver and has been equip with an engine idle temperature measurement strategy (EITMS) system that shuts off all communication to the rear cylinder while idling to reduce heat production. So many steps have been taken to make you comfortable down to turn signals that automatically know when to shut off by using the angle and speed of the bike. At this point, there is nothing left to do but get on and ride right? What could be better? Well, listening to your favorite tunes. Two speakers will play your favorite songs whether it comes from the AM/FM radio, CD, or an MP3 player. You can make a soundtrack to your adventure.