When Harley-Davidson first entered the Indian market, The Motor Company decided to import existing models as complete knockdown kits for final assembly in the burgeoning market. Considering the average motorcycle in India has a displacement smaller than 200cc, it was inevitable Harley-Davidson would eventually have to produce a small-displacement model rather than rely on its […]
Harley-Davidson Goes Low for 2015
Harley-Davidson revealed the new 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low and Ultra Limited Low, offering what it calls the the lowest seat height of any premium touring motorcycle on the market. Designed with riders 5 feet 7 inches and shorter in mind, the two Low models have a seat height of 25.6 inches from the ground, or 1.7 inches lower than the regular models.
The lower seat isn’t the only change to accommodate shorter riders. The primary drive housing and derby cover are narrower than on the regular non-Low models, offering more leg clearance.
The handlebars are also drawn two inches closer to the rider, offering an easier reach and reducing strain. The handlebar grips are also a smaller diameter to suit smaller hands. Both Low models also come with an Assist and Slip hydraulic clutch to reduce lever pull effort.
Other changes include new passenger footboards that fold away to make it easier to push the motorcycles around and a new toe tab extension on the kickstand to make it easier to retract.
Otherwise, the two Low models are identical to the Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Ultra Limited, with Project Rushmore enhancements. The Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low is powered by the same High Output Twin-Cam 103 engine as the regular model, claiming 104.7 ft-lb. at 3250 rpm while getting a claimed 47 mpg. The Ultra Limited Low uses the Twin-Cooled engine, claiming 105.5 ft-lb. at 3750 rpm and 42 mpg.
The Ultra Glide Low is priced $900 more than the regular Ultra Glide, starting at $26,999 for the Vivid Black color, $27,599 for solid colors, $28,049 for two-tone color schemes and $28,299 for custom schemes. The Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low models cost $1,150 more than the non-Low version, starting at $24,399 for Vivid Black, $24,999 for solids, $25,449 for two-tones and $25,699 for custom colors.
Evans Brasfield is at Harley-Davidson’s press launch. Check back later in the week for his first impressions on the new 2015 Harley-Davidson models.