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Arrow The Tour Glide / Road Glide History - a complete information guide

I tried to make a wikipedia page, but they shot it down due to lack of references. What they don't realize, there is no references as the history has not been well documented. If you do a google search for Road Glide history, this forum is the only thing that comes up.

If you have more to add or corrections, please reply and I will edit so all info is good and up to date. I would love to have listed all color choices for each year, so please help me out there where you can. Most of the initial information came from forum members RoadGlideRider and JacktheBagger - thanks for sharing your knowledge gentlemen. A lot of the missing info is going to take some of you experienced guys to fill in the blanks for me, as information is just not out there on the web.

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The Harley-Davidson '''Road Glide''' or '''Tour Glide''' is an American made touring motorcycle that was first put into production in the year 1979. The Tour Glide was different then any H-D models before, in that it had a fixed fairing that was attached to the frame and did not move with the handlebars.

Today the Road Glide is one of the most popular motorcycles in the custom bagger world, and for long distance touring.
The shape of the fairing is often referred to as a "Sharknose" fairing due to the resemblence of a shark.

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First years - Tour Glide

The Tour Glide was introduced in 1979 and only 19 FLT's were produced that year. In the following year Harley produced 4480.

The 1980 Tour Glide was the first to have the 5 speed transmission and 3 point rubber mounted engine. The motorcycle also had a rectangular steel back bone , and tubular frame, twin 10" front disc, single 12" rear disc and an enclosed final chain drive. The bike was powered by an 82ci (1338cc) Shovelhead with a bore x stroke of 89 x 108mm and had a wet multiplate clutch, 5 gallon gas tank and the bike weighed 725lbs.

The 1981 model brought a VfireII electronic ignition, lower 7.4:1 C.R., longer valve guides, extra oil drain lines from the rocker boxes, revised valve guide seals, and a Girling rear brake caliper.

In 1982, the FLT got new handlebars and seat, primary chain oiler, higher output alternator, and locks for the luggage.

1983 only brought a lower seat, and stiffer suspension.

From 1979 to early 1984 the tour glide was powered by the Shovelhead engine. In late 1984 until 1996 the motorcycle was powered by the Evolution engine. The early 1984 models had a shovelhead bottom end with an EVO top end.

There was never a Police FLT Model. Only FLHT, FXRP, XLP, and Dyna Police models.

It is known that the 1984 through 1988 models (at least, maybe more) had air resivors in the crash bars for air assist to the front fork springs. The 1985 model was changed from a final drive chain to a belt.

The Tour Glide came without a Radio or gauge mounting positions made into the fairing. To add a radio, you would need to purchase a Radio Caddy from Harley, or several after market companies. Some after market caddys came with the gauges mounted in the radio aaddy. To add Harley gauges, Harley sold ones that required you to drill a hole in the fairing and mount them there. Harley introduced the Radio Caddy for the Tour Glide fairing and was stock beginning with the 1986 model year. It is the same year Harley had the radio in the Inner/outer fairing on the Electra Glide. It was produced by Radio Sound. That radio was only used in the 1986/87 model years.

The only major change made that didn't change the name of the model line was to move the turn signals from in the fairing to outside and attached to the lower mounting supports and this happened in 1988.

1989 the "Ultra" model was introduced along with the base FLT model. The alternator was bumped up to 32 amp for 1989 and it also had a one piece pinion shaft and right flywheel.
The FLTCU model came standard with cruise control, a CB radio, intercom, front and rear sound systems, and fairing lowers, and two tone paint jobs. The standard FLTs were solid colored bikes. A sidecar option was available for the FLTCU, but only 15 were made in 1989. Total production for 1989 is believed to be 603.

The Tour Glide's last year of production was in the 1996 model year, and also the first year for the fuel injection option.
There was not any FLT models produced for the 1997 model year.


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Road Glide years

With the introduction of the 1998 model lines, Harley introduced the FLTR Road Glide. This was using the same frame and motor assembly as the Electra Glide, as before, but with a completely redesigned fairing. It included the radio and gauges mounted in the fairing in areas that were made for this purpose. This inner and outer fairing has not changed for the entire production run of the Road Glide. From 1998 to present it has remained the same.

The fairing changed slightly and this was the last year for the Evolution engine. In 1999 Harley Touring models got the Twin Cam engine that bumped the displacement up to 88".

From 1999 to 2003 the motorcycle had very minimal changes.
In 2000 and 2001 Harley offered CVO Road Glides, the FLTRSEI and FLTRSE2.

2004 brought the change from cassette tape to compact disc, and in 2006 the radio manufacture changed from Radio Sound to Harman/Kardon.

2007 the engine displacement increased from 88ci to 96ci and Transmission to 6 Speed, and all Touring Models became EFI standard.

In 2008 the fuel tank increased to 6 Gallons. Throttle changed to Throttle By Wire, brakes changed to Brembo Brakes, and an ABS option for all Touring Models.

2009 brought the new frame, rear tire changed to 180 wide rear tire and 17 " front tire. This was the last year of the Road Glide (FLTR). After many years Harley Davidson brought back a CVO Road Glide in 2009 (FLTRSE3).

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Custom and Ultra years

After many rumors that the Road Glide's last year was going to be the 2009 model year, 2010 models came out with a newly designed Road glide called the Road Glide Custom and designated model FLTRX. The bike was basically the same as a Street Glide, just with the shark nose or fixed fairing.

The 2010 models was the first and only year to offer a 2 into 1 headpipe.

2010 was also introduced with 18" front tire, lowered rear end with newly designed tail lights, doing away with the center brake light in the middle of the rear fender.

In 2010 Harley redesigned the fairing mounting supports. They were redesigned to move the fairing up and re-angle the fairing to make the fairing accept the vented lowers that are now being used on the Electra Glide. Before this models change, the Road Glide required a different lower fairing from and of the "Batwing" or Road King models lines.

Cruise Control was made optional (controls removed from handlebars).

2011 Road Glide Custom (FLTRX) same as before with new colors and 103ci motor option and a 2/1/2 headpipe. The Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) was introduced with a 17" front tire and has the TwinCam 103ci motor. Harley also produced a FLTR CVO Road Glide Ultra (FLTRUSE) with 110ci engine and 18" front and rear tire.

2012 saw both the FLTRX and FLTRU models return, and a FLTRXSE in 3 color offerings.

2011 was definatley a big year for the Road Glide, along with 2012 and the best kept secret in the Harley Davidson line-up, seems to be finally getting some well deserved respect in the touring community.

2013 was another great year for the Road Glide, with the Custom and Ultra returning with new color offerings. Also the FLTRXSE2 returned with addition speakers in the saddlebag lids, 2 paint offerings and the 110 year anniversary edition CVO Road Glide. The FLTRXSE2 came with Harley's new LED lighting for the Road Glides.




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Color options for each year according to model and
Some models (mainly CVO) has the production numbers that could be found and even the country the bike went to.


---------- 1979 ----------
- FLT
Vivid Black


---------- 1980 ----------
- FLT*
Birch White
Vivid Black
Rich Red
Saddle Brown
Bright Blue
Charcoal Grey
Candy Red


---------- 1981 ----------
- FLT*
Birch White
Vivid Black
Classic Tan
Classic Creme
Candy Root Beer
Metallic Blue
Light Red
Dark Carmine
Orange
Olive
Light Charcoal Metallic
Dark Silver


---------- 1982 ----------
- FLT*
Birch White
Vivid Black
Classic Tan
Classic Creme
Metallic Blue
Light Red
Dark Carmine
Orange
Brown
Emerald Green
Red
Pewter
Maroon


---------- 1983 ----------
- FLT*
Birch White
Vivid Black
Classic Tan
Classic Creme
Pewter
Maroon
Indigo Blue
Claret red
Slate Grey Metallic


---------- 1984 ----------
- FLT*
Birch White
Vivid Black
Classic Tan
Classic Creme
Pewter
Maroon
Indigo Blue
Claret Red
Candy Purple
Rose Metallic
Slate Grey Metallic


---------- 1985 ----------
- FLT*
Birch White
Vivid Black
Classic Tan
Classic Creme
Candy Blue
Slate Grey Metallic


---------- 1986 ----------
- FLT*
Birch White
Vivid Black
Candy Red
Slate Grey Metallic
Candy Blue
Candy Pearl
Signal Red


---------- 1987 ----------
- FLT*


---------- 1988 ----------
- FLT*
Vivid Black
Bright Cobalt Candy Blue
Bright Candy Plum
Candy Brandywine
Candy Crimson
Brandywine & Crimson
Bright Cobalt Blue & Brilliant Silver
Candy Bronze & Creme
Vivid Black & Creme
Metallic Blue & Cadet Blue Metallic
Creme & Champagne Gold


---------- 1989 ----------
- FLT* & FLTCU*
Vivid Black
Metallic Blue
Candy Brandywine
Bright Candy Plum
Brandywine & Crimson
Metallic Blue & Brilliant Silver
Vivid Black & Creme
Candy Bronze & Creme
Metallic Blue & Cadet Blue Metallic
Creme & Champagne Gold
Vivid Black & Brilliant Silver


---------- 1990 ----------
- FLT & FLTCU*
Burgandy & Candy Red

---------- 1991 ----------
- FLT* & FLTCU*
Birch White
Bright Sapphire
Dark Candy Ruby
Dark Sapphire
Light Candy Ruby
Turquoise
Vivid Black
Vivid Yellow
White
Wineberry Pearl


---------- 1992 ----------
- FLT* & FLTCU*
Birch White
Bright Sapphire Sunglo
Charcoal Satinbrite
Dark Candy Ruby
Dark Sapphire Sunglo
Light Candy Ruby
Light Poppy Pearl
Red Voyage
Turquoise
Vivid Black
White

---------- 1993 ----------
- FLT* & FLTCU*
Aqua Sunglo (canceled – replaced by
Aqua Pearl in 1994) -----
Arctic White
Birch White
Bright Victory Red Sunglo
Bright Wineberry Sunglo
Charcoal Satinbrite
Custom Red
Custom Tan
Dark Victory Red Sunglo
Dark Wineberry Sunglo
Mandarin Pearl
Scarlet Red
Silver
Vivid Black

---------- 1994 ----------
- FLT* & FLTCU*
Aqua Pearl
Birch White
Bright Victory Red Sunglo
Burgundy Pearl
Charcoal Satinbrite
Dark Victory Red Sunglo
Gold Poly
Nugget Yellow
Scarlet Red
Silver
Vivid Black
---1994 Custom---
Blue Metallic
Crimson
Dark Candy Ruby
Dark Knight Blue
Dyna Silver
Knight Light Blue
Light Candy Ruby


---------- 1995 ----------
- FLT* & FLTCU*
Aqua Pearl
Birch White
Bright Victory Red Sunglo
Burgundy Pearl
Charcoal Satinbrite
Dark Victory Red Sunglo
Gold Poly
Nugget Yellow
Scarlet Red
Silver
Vivid Black


---------- 1996 ----------
- FLT* & FLTCU*
Aqua Pearl
Birch White
Mystique Green
Patriot Red Pearl
Platinum Silver
States Blue Pearl
Victory Red Sunglo
Violet Pearl
Vivid Black


---------- 1998 ----------
- FLTR(I)*
Birch White
Lazer Red Pearl
Mystique Green
Platinum Silver
Sinister Blue Pearl
Violet Pearl
Vivid Black
---95th Anniversary Colors---
Champagne Metallic
Midnight Red


---------- 1999 ----------
- FLTR(I)* = 467 total production

Aztec Orange = 29
~Cali.: 3
~CAN: 1
~JAP: 5
~USA: 20

Birch White
Cobalt Blue Pearlcoat
Diamond Ice Pearlcoat
Lazer Red Pearl
Mystique Green
Nugget Yellow
Scarlet Red
Sinister Blue Pearl
Violet Pearl
Vivid Black


---------- 2000 ----------
- FLTR(I)*
Aztec Orange Pearlcoat
Birch White
Bronze Pearl
Chrome Yellow
Cobalt Blue Pearlcoat
Diamond Ice Pearlcoat
Ice White
Luxury Rich Red
Sinister Blue Pearl
Suede Green Pearl
Viking Purple/Concord Purple Pearl
Vivid Black
White Highlight Pearl
Luxury Blue

- CVO FLTRISE
Vivid Black/VR Racing Orange/Arctic White = 793
Three-Tone Red = 768


---------- 2001 ----------
- FLTR(I)*
Birch White
Bronze Pearl
Chrome Yellow
Diamond Ice Pearl
Jade Sunglo
Luxury Rich Blue
Luxury Rich Red
Racing Orange
Real Teal Flash
Suede Green Pearl
Viking Purple/Concord Purple Pearl
Vivid Black
White Highlight Pearl


- CVO FLTRISE2
Vivid Black/Platinum Silver/Charcoal Satin Bright = 858
Sinister Blue Pearl/Diamond Ice/States Blue Pearl = 849


---------- 2002 ----------
- FLTR(I)*
Birch White
Diamond Ice Pearlcoat
Imperial Blue Mica/Impact Blue Mica
Jade Sunglo
Luxury Rich Blue
Luxury Rich Red
Racing Orange
Real Red
Real Teal Flash
Suede Green Pearl
Viking Purple/Concord Purple Pearl
Vivid Black
White Highlight Pearl

---------- 2003 ----------
- FLTR(I)
Two-Tone Sterling Silver and Vivid Black
Vivid Black
Gunmetal Pearl
Luxury Blue Pearl
Luxury Rich Red Pearl
White Pearl


---------- 2004 ----------
- FLTR(I)
Vivid Black
Sierra Red Pearl
Luxury Teal Pearl
Smokey Gold Pearl
Impact Blue Pearl


---------- 2005 ----------
- FLTR(I)
Vivid Black
Sierra Red Pearl
Smokey Gold Pearl
Black Cherry Pearl
Black Pearl
Chopper Blue Pearl
Yellow Pearl


---------- 2006 ----------
- FLTR(I)
Vivid Black
Brilliant Silver Pearl
Black Cherry Pearl
Black Pearl
Chopper Blue Pearl
Fire Red Pearl
Deep Cobalt Pearl
Yellow Pearl


---------- 2007 ----------
- FLTR
Vivid Black
Black Cherry Pearl
Black Pearl
Fire Red Pearl
Deep Cobalt Pearl
Pacific Blue Pearl
Pewter Pearl
Yellow Pearl
Mirage Orange Pearl

---------- 2008 ----------
- FLTR
Anniversary Copper and Vivid Black
Vivid Black
Black Pearl
Pewter Pearl
Dark Blue Pearl
Crimson Red Sunglo
Crimson Red Denim
Mirage Orange Pearl
Candy Red Sunglo

---------- 2009 ----------
- FLTR
Vivid Black
Black Pearl
Dark Blue Pearl
Red Hot Denim
Red Hot Sunglo
Mirage Orange Pearl

- CVO FLTRSE3
Yellow Pearl and Charcoal Slate = 517
Electric Orange and Vivid Black = 1,605
Stardust Silver and Titanium Dust = 1,386

---------- 2010 ----------
- FLTRX
Vivid Black
Denim Black
Scarlett Red

---------- 2011 ----------

- FLTRX
Vivid Black
Denim Black
Sedona Orange
Cool Blue Pearl

- FLTRU
Vivid Black
Brilliant Silver Pearl
Cool Blue Pearl
Merlot Sunglo

- CVO FLTRUSE
Rio Red & Black Ember/Quartzite Graphics = 1,338
~USA-1,113
~CAN-59
~ENG-30
~HDI-86
~JPN-50
Charcoal Slate & Black Twilight/Quartzite Graphics = 1,213
~USA: 985
~CAN: 49
~ENG: 20
~HDI: 116
~JPN: 43
Frosted Ivory & Vintage Gold/Quartzite Graphics = 346
~USA: 216
~CAN: 14
~ENG: 20
~HDI: 68
~JPN: 28

---------- 2012 ----------

- FLTRX
Vivid Black
Denim Black
Chrome Yellow
Big Blue Pearl

- FLTRU
Vivid Black
Big Blue Pearl
Ember Red Sunglo

- CVO FLTRXSE = appx. 2639 total
Maple Metallic/Vivid Black w/ Real Smoke Graphics = 799
~USA: 621
~CAN: 49
~ENG: 04
~HDI: 78
~JPN: 47
Candy Cobalt/Twilight Blue w/ Real Smoke Graphics = 602
~USA: 451
~CAN: 37
~ENG: 04
~HDI: 50
~JPN: 60
White Gold Pearl/Starfire Black w/ Real Smoke Graphics = 1,238
~USA: 870
~CAN: 49
~ENG: 03
~HDI: 231
~JPN: 85

---------- 2013 ----------

- FLTRX
Vivid Black
Denim Black
Candy Orange
Big Blue Pearl

- FLTRU
Vivid Black
Big Blue Pearl
Ember Red Sunglo
Midnight Pearl

- CVO FLTRXSE2
Roman Gold/Burnt Emerald w/ Edge Graphics
Atomic Orange/Galaxy Grey w/ Edge Graphics
Anniversary Diamond Dust/Obsidian w/ Palladium Graphics
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* = Only information that could be found was colors for all models, and may not be model specific.
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Significant years pictured

1981 Tour Glide - Serial # 00 given to Vaughn Beals , then president of HD , who led the leveraged buyout from AMF in 1981.





1984 Tour Glide - owned by JacktheBagger





1998 Road Glide




2008 Road Glide




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2011 Road Glide Ultra


2013 Road Glide Custom CVO 110 Anniversary
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CVO Road Glide pictures

2000 CVO - FLTRISE


2001 CVO - FLTRSE2


2009 CVO - FLTRSE3


2011 CVO - FLTRUSE


2012 CVO - FLTRXSE


2013 CVO - FLTRXSE2
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Magazine back page ad from the November 1997 issue of Rider magazine.
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Magazine article from October 1997 issue of Rider Magazine
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hay there's my 84 TG ..

Turn signal went from the fairing to the current location in 1988 ..

I have yet to see proof that the TG was a 1979 , every reference I have says 1980 .. 80 also saw first rubber mount with the TG and TG was first five speed .. Enclosed chain final drive .. FWIW my late 84 TG cost under $8500 new ..

My 88 TG cost under $10000 new ..

1989 first Ultra and it was a TG

First FI for TG was in 1996

99 model years see TC 88

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One heck of a write up.

Many thanks for your effort in this endeavor!

Gotta be a stickey.

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JacktheBagger, updated with your info,. many thanks.
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Great thread...Thanks
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