Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Harley's Frame-Mounted Fairing Bagger

The Harley Tour Glide debuted in 1979 as a 1980 Harley model and featured a larger motorcycle frame, a five-speed transmission, and rubber-mounted 80 cubic-inch Shovelhead engine, which remained in production until 1983 for the 1984 model year. The rubber-mounted 80 cubic-inch Harley Evolution engine was then introduced to replace the Shovelhead and remained in production until 1999 when the Twin Cam 88 engine was released for the 2000 model year. The Tour Glide was eliminated from the Touring lineup in 1996 to make way for the new-and-improved Harley-Davidson Road Glide in 1998.

As The Road Glide flourished through the years, it continued to receive improvements with the larger displacement Harley-Davidson Twin Cam 96 engine in 2007, and ultimately, the Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine, which debuted in 2016 for the 2017 model year and is currently housed in all 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring Models. The Road Glide was always in competition with its Touring Model counterpart the Electra Glide (FLH), which housed a fork-mounted fairing otherwise known as a batwing fairing, however the two have co-existed for almost 40 years.