2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle Review

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2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle

Before MY2020, Harley-Davidson replaced the Road Glide Ultra with the new FLTRK Road Glide Limited in their touring range. With a variety of extra technological features to complement its already fantastic Infotainment system, the Road Glide Limited ups the ante on touring comfort and safety. The package is completed with unique pieces of glitter and premium paint. The 2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle is powered by Harley’s second-largest production engine, a 1,868 cc Milwaukee-Eight 114 with over 100 pounds of oomph for your touring delight.

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle – Feature

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle

Design

The manufacturer touched on several other historical high points throughout the remainder of the 2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle, even if the shark-nose fairing isn’t precisely a traditional element. The front fender is where it all begins; it keeps its full-length outside dimension but has sides shaved down to show more of the Slicer II rim.

Right-side-up forks have the traditional beer-can fork skirts that date back to the middle of the previous century, and at this point, the blackout treatment kicks in on half of the dozen various color packages. Forks, skirts, engine guards, the engine, tank console, and the exhaust system all have a single color finish; on the other color schemes, they are brilliant chrome. Because of the potential for blinding, I don’t like the chrome tank console and gasoline door, but I recognize that not everyone is in that specific boat. I suppose everyone to their own.

I would add the fixed Sharknose fairing to that list since it has a vented windscreen that lessens the impact of head buffeting and accomplishes its job of shielding the rider from incoming wind and rain. The covering for your legs is completed by a pair of fairing lowers, which also increase the dry storage space by adding a few small glove boxes to their tops and conceal the tiny radiators that power the Twin-Cooling system.

Four round gauges and a color TFT touchscreen display for the Boom!TM Box GTS features are located inside the fairing. Together, these features provide all the necessary metrics and act as an interface for higher electronics, which include music, communications, navigation, and other crucial metrics.

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle

If you weigh at least 180 pounds to compress the suspension, the comfy saddle has a deep scoop that raises your butt 27.2 inches off the ground. The pilot’s lumbar support is provided by the rise to the lofted pillion pad, and of course, your passenger has a wide, comfortable seat with a full-width backrest, armrest, and footboards. You can hear your music even at highway speeds thanks to two 25 Watts per channel speakers underneath the cushioned armrests.

A combination of rigid side cases and a Tourpak provides 4.7 cubic feet of dry and secure storage space, sufficient for a long weekend or a significant supermarket run. There is also a chrome luggage rack for additional open-air packing space. For one last measure of safety, an LED taillight and full-width light bar guarantee that you are always visible from behind in any lighting.

Chassis

The 2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle’s primary frame is made of welded mild steel tubing, and the swing arm has a yoke design with a rectangular cross-section for added strength. The steering head is configured with a 26-degree rake angle and 6.7 inches of trail across a 64-inch wheelbase for low-stress tracking at speed. Those are the figures you need while driving crosswind or on the freeway.

Despite being non-adjustable, Showa Dual Bending Valve forks set the standard and provide a smoother ride than standard stems. Due to the flexible damping washers found within, the stroke speed-based variable damping reacts to demand in real-time.

With an accessible hand wheel that allows you to swiftly adjust the preload in reaction to shifting passenger and luggage loads, a pair of emulsion shocks do the job out back.

Contrast Cast-aluminum Slicer II Bright wheels with Dunlop hoses in a 130/80-17 upfront opposite a 180/65-16 to send the power to the pavement and complete the moving chassis.

Three four-pot calipers, two dual front discs, and four-piston anchors help the front wheel slow down. For added security, the MoCo also engages its Reflex Linked Brakes and ABS function.

Drivetrain

The Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 power train provides the 2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle with 122 pound-feet of torque at a low 3,000 rpm. The lump has a total displacement of 1,868 cc or 114 cubic inches due to its 102 mm bore and 114 mm stroke. Its name comes from this displacement, and its 10.5-to-1 compression ratio will need you to use a premium pump to avoid knocking and pinging.

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle

The 2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle averages 43 mpg in its combined mileage rating since it weighs 932 pounds wet and pushes a lot of windage due to its wide fairing and luggage. The nosecone region has reverted to a more traditional shape, and the push-rod tubes exhibit the old-school geometry, which allows for a much more visually acceptable presentation since the manufacturer abandoned the Twin Cam engine and switched back to a single-cam valve train.

While the standard build includes a basic electronics package, the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems bundle upgrades the MoCo to include corner-sensitive Linked Brakes and ABS features and a traction control feature that uses inertial measurement unit observations to keep you stable in corners. To complete the sporty characteristics, a Drag-Torque Slip Control System guards against excessive back-torque from jerking the rear wheel free. As an added convenience, the Vehicle Hold Control function holds the brakes for you so you may put both feet down for stability on a slope.

Although individual results may vary, a six-speed gearbox with carbon-reinforced belt drive transmits power to the back tire at a peak speed of around 105 mph.

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle – Pricing

The pricing is broken down following the several color options H-D provides for the 2022 Road Glide Limited.

The Vivid Black with chrome components is the least expensive option at $28,729, and colors and finishes vary widely from there, with the two-tone colorway in the black finish costing as much as $31,874.

ABS, a security system, cruise control, and a premium radio are standard equipment.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS vs. 2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited

It is immediately apparent that Kawi is trying to attract riders with similar tastes in tour bikes. In terms of form and the fact that it is affixed to the frame, the broad front fairing is comparable to Harley’s shark nose. If there’s an advantage to this setup, the windage of the fairing doesn’t impair steering as much as it would with a fork-mount fairing, but let’s be honest: this is all for aesthetics.

Credit where credit is due to Kawi, who also hit some other major high points with the Vulcan, which provides a similar touring capacity to the Road Glide Limited with a top case-style trunk and hard bags. The package is beautifully wrapped up in classic American style with a two-tone color scheme and liberal application of chrome.

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle

We may call the suspension on the Kawi a wash since, although the front forks are simple, the rear end is relatively comfortable with air-adjustable shocks and various rebound-damping settings. The same goes for the original brakes since the Vulcan is equipped with Kawi’s K-ACT II ABS to provide additional traction security. I used the term “stock” since Harley’s optional RDRS pack raises the bar, but for now, let’s just concentrate on the regular features.

The Vulcan 1700’s 1,700 ccs, the massive V-twin engine, produces 107.6 pound-feet of torque at a startlingly low 2,750 revolutions per minute. Even if those values are less than the Mil-8’s, it is safe to conclude that anything above 100 pound-feet is noteworthy.

Although it doesn’t offer the same amount of technology and entertainment, Kawasaki’s $17,499 sticker earns it its most significant victory at the checkout line. It nevertheless provides the necessities for a far lesser cost.

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle – Technical Specifications

Dimensions

Length 102.2 in. (2,595 mm)
Overall Width 36.6 in. (930 mm)
Overall Height 56.1 in. (1,425 mm)
Seat Height, Laden 27.2 in. (690 mm)
Seat Height, Unladen 28.9 in. (735 mm)
Static Ground Clearance 5.1 in. (130 mm)
Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
Fork Angle (deg) 29.25
Trail 6.7 in. (170 mm)
Wheelbase 64 in. (1,625 mm)
Tires, Type Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall front & rear
Tires, Front Model D408F
Tires, Front Specification BW 130/70B18 63H
Tires, Rear Model D407T
Tires, Rear Specification BW 180/55B18 80H
Fuel Capacity Six gals. (22.7 l)
Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light) One gal. (3.8 l)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) Five qt. (4.7 l)
Transmission Capacity One qt. (.95 l)
Primary Chain Case Capacity 1.1 qts. (1 l)
Coolant Capacity 0.8 qt. (0.76 l)
Weight, As Shipped 897 lb. (407 kg)
Weight, In Running Order 932 lb. (423 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1,360 lb. (617 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front 500 lb. (227 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear 927 lb. (420 kg)
Luggage Capacity -Volume 4.7 cu ft (0.132 m3)

2022 Road Glide Limited Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle

Engine

Engine Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves including hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; 4 valves-per-cylinder
Bore 4.016 in. (102 mm)
Stroke 4.5 in. (114.3 mm)
Displacement 114 cu in (1,868 ccs)
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper, washable
Exhaust 2:1:2 dual exhaust with four in. tapered mufflers
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler

Drivetrain

Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch Mechanically actuated ten plate wet, Assist and Slip
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.593
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.65
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.938
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.407
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th 2.875

Chassis

Frame Mild steel; tubular frame, two-piece stamped & welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin down tubes; bolt-on rear frame including forged fender supports; MIG welded
Swingarm Mild steel, two-piece drawn and welded section; MIG welded; forged junctions
Front Fork 49mm Dual Bending Valve
Rear Shocks Premium standard height hand-adjustable rear suspension
Wheels, Optional Style Type Gloss Black Slicer II
Wheels, Front Type Slicer II cast aluminum, including a clear coat
Wheels, Front Width 3.5 in. (89 mm)
Wheels, Front Height 18 in. (457 mm)
Wheels, Rear Type Slicer II cast aluminum, including a clear coat
Wheels, Rear Width Five in. (127 mm)
Wheels, Rear Height 18 in. (457 mm)
Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear
Brakes, Rotor Type Dual floating rotors (front), fixed rotor (rear)
Brakes, Front Diameter 11.8 in. (300 mm)
Brakes, Front Thickness 0.2 in. (5.1 mm)
Brakes, Front is dual Yes
Brakes, Rear Diameter 11.8 in. (300 mm)
Brakes, Rear Thickness 0.28 in. (7.1 mm)
Front brake lever free travel N/A
Rear brake pedal free travel N/A
Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Standard
Suspension Travel, Front 4.6 in. (117 mm)
Suspension Travel, Rear Three in. (76 mm)

Performance

Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 122 ft-lb (166 Nm)
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,000
Power (Hp/kW) 93 HP / 69 kW @ 5020 rpm
Lean Angle Testing Method J1168
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 32
Maximum hill-starting ability N/A
Fuel Economy Testing Method Estimated City/Hwy
Fuel Economy 43 mpg (5.5 l/100 km)
CO₂ Emissions Testing Method N/A
CO₂ Emissions N/A

Electric

Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 28-amp/hour, 405 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging Three-phase, 48-amp system (600W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 625W max power @13V)
Starting 1.6 kW electric featuring solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights, Headlamp LED 40-watt, 1,060 lumen low beam, 60-watt, 1,560 lumen high beam
Lights, Tail/Stop 8W/28W
Lights, Front Signal Lights 8W/28W
Lights, Rear Turn Signals LED
Gauges Gauges are styled to complement each vehicle. The display features an odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator, and more prominent tell-tale indicators.
Auxiliary Lamps N/A
Electric Power Outlet Electric power accessory port in fairing and tour pack
GPS System Boom! Box GTS audio system including GPS and touchscreen
Reverse Gear N/A

Warranty And Service

Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) afterward