Harley-Davidson recently released its 2022 lineup, which largely consists of carryover versions, including the touring and cruiser categories like the new Pan America and Sportster S. As these bikes are expected to be available in US Harley dealership stores soon, it is only natural to wonder what they bring to the table. Some of the upgrades and modifications featured are new color variants, sleek graphics, and improved performance. The new motorcycles will be launched on 26 January during Harley-Davidson’s “Further Faster” event. Let’s take a closer look at one category that was prominent in the event; the 2022 Harley-Davidson Grand American Touring.
Grand American Touring Category
Unlike the previous touring category, the 2022 touring line boasts of new color variations like the Vivid Black/Midnight Crimson in Black trim option that will cost you an additional $32,314. There are also some Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements previously known as the Reflex Defensive Rider System that will set you back another $1,025. As part of its validation to its Hardwire strategy in the H-D’s Touring line (currently known as Grand American Touring), the new models come equipped with the same Hardwire, which seem to play a vital role in improving the bike’s overall road performance. Moreover, some features remain the same as previous models, including a 49mm suspension fork with dual bending valve suspension emulsion rear shocks, ABS-standard linked brakes and a hydraulically adjustable preload. The new 2022 Touring models also come with exciting upgrades such as a Drag Torque Slip Control, Tire Pressure monitoring, electronically linked brakes, cornering traction control, cornering ABS, Vehicle Hill Hold, and classy color variations offerings.
Engine, Suspension, and Handling
Harley-Davidson’s Grand American Touring models are famously known for providing riders with a unique riding experience. The new 2022 Touring models promise to provide you with excellent convenience and comfort to make your adventures more exciting. All Harley-Davidson’s Grand American Touring bikes will come equipped with the powerful and smooth-performing Milwaukee Eight® V-Twin engine. They also feature 49mm Emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers with dual bending valve suspension and a single knob to hydraulically adjust preload for improved handling and steering control. Additionally, they are fitted with ABS-standard Reflex™ linked Brembo® brakes for optimal braking capabilities. According to comments by Harley-Davidson’s President and CEO Jochen Zeitz, “As part of our focus on stronghold segments, including Grand American Touring and Cruiser, the 2022 product line is designed for power and performance.” Zeitz also affirmed, “Each of these models features the smooth-running Milwaukee-Eight 117,” adding, “For those riders who want nothing but the best and biggest engine, our objective is to build our position as the most desirable motorbike brand in the world.”
All Harley-Davidson Grand American Touring Models come with the option of Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements, which help the rider maintain their intended path through a curve. This option package also provides a number of enhancements that include:
- Cornering-Traction Control with rain and standard mode
- Electronically Linked Brakes
- Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPMS)
- Drag Torque Slip Control
- Vehicle Hold Control
Previously known as the Reflex Defensive Rider System, the Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements are usually standard on all CVO models and optional for the Grand American Touring category, including the Road Glide ST and Street Glide ST models. All new Touring models also feature new and exciting color paint options.
Models in this Line
Electra Glide® Standard model: With its primary focus on customization, this model is the ideal option if you are looking for a lifetime of exciting cross-country adventure. Thanks to its unrivaled Milwaukee- Eight® 107 engine, it provides the rider with an exceptional ride experience. Road King® model: This model can be generally described as a stripped-down highway bike with a modern touring road performance and neo-classic chrome design. Street Glide® model: Featuring a Boom! ™ Box 4.3 infotainment system, this model is the perfect choice for riders looking for a custom, high-slammed style look and excellent comfort to cover long-distance trips. Road Glide® model: As a benchmark for long-ride touring bikes, the Road Glide model comes with an aerodynamic shark-nose fairing fitted with dual Daymaker® LED headlamps. You are guaranteed a smooth ride thanks to the Milwaukee-Eight® 107 engine.
Road King® Special model: Thanks to its commanding presence and prodigy custom wheels, this model is perfect for riders looking for exceptional road performance with a sleek and stylish Harley-Davidson layout design. It also comes fitted with the Daymaker® LED headlamps. Street Glide® Special model: This model boasts of an impressive highway-shredding performance, a powerful Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, Daymaker LED headlamps, the Boom! ™ Box GTS infotainment system, Prodigy custom wheels, and the color option of a chrome or blacked-out finish. Road Glide® Special model: This performance bagger models features; an aerodynamic shark-nose fairing, a Boom! ™ Box GTS infotainment system, Dual Daymaker LED headlamps, the unrivaled Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, and Prodigy custom wheels. Just like the Street Glide model, it also features two-color options; a chrome or blacked-out finish. Ultra Limited model: This is the ideal choice for a rider looking for a fully-packed touring experience with zero defects. The Ultra Limited model features; 2 Slicer II custom wheels, the Boom! ™ Box GTS infotainment system, Twin Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine, Tour-Pak luggage carrier, Dual Daymaker LED Lighting, Cruise Control, and Pleasantly-heated hand grips. Road Glide® Limited model: This model comes with a number of exciting features, such as a Tour-Pak® luggage carrier, an aerodynamic shark-nose fairing with dual Daymaker LED headlamps, a Twin Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine, heated handgrips, Boom! ™ Box GTS infotainment system, Slicer II custom wheels, Cruise Control, and a frame-mounted aerodynamic shark-nose fairing.
Over the years, Harley-Davidson models have been a favorite for their high performance, with each bike fitted with the powerful and unrivaled factory-installed engine, the Milwaukee-Eight® 117. This year, Harley has launched its Grand American Touring Line, which includes several impressive models and upgrades you do not want to miss. The line was launched this January on 26th and should be entering H-D stores anytime soon.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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