The Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited is the most engaging and satisfying of Harley’s touring range. High bars make for a more comfortable upright seating position than the Ultra Limited, while its handling is lighter thanks to having a frame-mounted (rather than handlebar-mounted) fairing.
The Road Glide’s 'shark-nose' bodywork feels more expansive and protective than the Ultra’s smaller 'batwing' fairing too. On scenic twisting routes it’s more agile than its extraordinary weight, width and length suggest.
On a motorway, the vast seat is plush, the ergonomics well-balanced and the windscreen protective. Pillions get armrests and their own stereo speakers, while the 132 litres of hard luggage storage is easily accessed.
There’s tons of character too, but, if we’re being cold-hearted and clinical about things, there are other big tourers that go further on a tank, handle and suspend better, pull harder, and don’t look like Bender from Futurama.