By Dennis Chung
Harley-Davidson announced its returning touring lineup for 2021, with updated paint options and small updates to the three Special models. As we expected, all of the 2020 model are returning in the face of Harley-Davidson’s plans to streamline its product portfolio. That means the 2021 lineup consists of the Electra Glide Standard, Road Glide Limited, Road Glide Special, Road King, Road King Special, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, and Ultra Limited.
All 2021 Harley-Davidson touring models are powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 45° V-Twin engine. The Special and Limited models are powered by the 114ci (1868cc) version of the engine, with the Limited models getting the added benefit of liquid-cooled cylinder heads. The rest of the touring line makes use with the smaller 107ci (1746cc) air-cooled engine.
The touring chassis is unchanged for 2021, with dual bending valve forks, emulsion technology rear shocks and linked ABS as standard equipment. The RDRS electronics suite has been renamed as “RDRS Safety Enhancements” and will be offered as an option for all touring models. The RDRS package varies slightly from model to model, but for the the most part, it includes cornering ABS, cornering traction control, drag-torque slip control, vehicle hold control and a tire pressure monitoring system.
2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
The 2021 Street Glide Special receives Harley’s Daymaker LED headlamp, replacing the previous dual-halogen lights. It also gets a new six-gallon fuel tank with a side fuel fill, giving it a lower profile. The new tank also includes a lower-profile center console and a new Bar and Shield medallion.
Like the other Special models, the Street Glide Special receives smaller engine guards with 1.25 inch diameter bars that are 11-inches lower and a slightly forward sweep compared to the standard guards.
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