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Cycle News 2013 Issue 36 September 10

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FIRST RIDE P34 2014 HARLEY-DAVIDSONS KINGS Of The ROAD Harley-Davidson introduced its new Project Rushmore motorcycles in Colorado and we were there to sample them BY TOM MONTANO PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM RILES AND BRIAN J. NELSON M otorcycles have been part of my life for a zillion years now and, like most serious riders, I have explored more that one type of riding. But since most of my riding adventures and exploits have been on either sportbikes or riding off-road, it was time to branch out. And if a newbie is going to get into this touring and cruising segment, is there really a better place to start than the worldwide launch of Harley-Davidson's new Project Rushmore? I think not. Touring and cruising are the backbone of the Motor Company and I was in Colorado to learn a whole lot more about that side of motorcycling so I guess you could say I was learning from the masters. If you make these types of motorcycles for 110 years, I figure you get to be pretty good at it. I'd often wondered what it would be like to just sit back on a motorcycle and cruise along, taking in the sights that our wonderful country has to offer. Well, from where I was sitting the scenery was spectacular… but why are all the trees missing from the tops of the mountains? I quickly realize that the Berthoud Pass on Highway 40 is at around 10,000 feet of elevation. High enough to see the line where the trees stop and the mountains go on. What is even better is the fact that I am cruising along quite comfortably thank you very much - on a new 2014 FLHTK Ultra Limited Harley-Davidson; one of the new Harley's that features the new Twin-Cooled High Output 103 powerplant. The sights were spectacular and the smooth-riding Harley was an added bonus. The author… at speed in the mountains of Colorado on the 2014 HarleyDavidson Road King during Harley's recent introduction of its new Project Rushmore motorcycles.

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