2009 Harley Davidson Touring Range
Improved Handling, More Comfort and Greater
Capacity on Five Models
A new chassis designed to deliver enhanced handling,
increased capacity and greater comfort for rider and
passenger underpins the five model Harley-Davidson
Touring family for 2009. Incorporating an all-new
frame, swingarm, engine mounting system, wheels and
tyres, the new chassis forms the foundation for what
are truly all-new motorcycles.
The key styling elements of these motorcycles, however,
are essentially unchanged so that the distinctive
character and mechanical beauty of each Touring model
is preserved. The 2009 Touring models continue a series
of product innovations that can be traced back to
a research study conducted by the company in 2002,
and to face-to-face interaction with customers who
rode an estimate 50 million miles during the Harley-Davidson
100th Anniversary event in 2003.
Armed with this feedback, Harley-Davidson launched
a programme to enhance the Touring line-up through
the introduction of the Twin Cam 96 engine with 6-speed
Cruise Drive transmission and a sophisticated active
intake and exhaust system, the rear wheel Isolated
Drive System, electronic throttle control, Brembo
brakes with ABS, a 22.7 litre fuel tank, reduced clutch
lever effort, the Advanced Audio System by Harman-Kardon,
GPS navigation and a high-output charging system to
better enable new GMA heated seats and grips.
Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles, the kings of
the road, have been tested by time and millions of
miles in the hands of the most demanding long-distance
riders in the world. All 2009 Touring models are powered
by the rubber-mounted 1584cc Twin Cam 96 V-Twin engine
with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI),
mated to 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission with active
intake and exhaust for outstanding performance and
All models also feature air-adjustable rear shocks
to accommodate variable passenger and luggage loads.
Originally introduced as an option, ABS is now offered
as standard equipment on all 2009 Touring and VRSC
models, in response to exceptional customer demand.
The All-New Touring Chassis New from the tyres up,
the new Touring chassis is based on a single-spar,
rigid backbone frame. A new swingarm contributes significantly
to the enhanced handling of the new chassis. The engine-isolation
system has been revised to reduce engine and vehicle
shaking at idle speed.
The wheel and tyre package is updated, with front
wheel diameter increased to 17 inches from 16 inches
on all Touring models except for the Road King Classic,
while the width of the 16-inch rear wheel is increased.
All Touring models are equipped with new Dunlop Multi-Tread
tyres that improve handling and offer up to 25 percent
more rear-tyre tread life. The wider rear wheel accommodates
a new 180/65B16 rear tyre. Front and rear suspension
has been recalibrated to match the dynamics of the
new chassis, wheels and tyres.
Powertrain revisions include a new 2-1-2 exhaust
system that reduces heat exposure to the rider and
passenger, and a lower final drive ratio for improved
acceleration performance. Rear styling is cleaner,
with a wider fender and the elimination of the rear
“hoop” over the fender on models not equipped
with a Tour-Pak.
Key Touring Family Features
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): Now standard
equipment on all the 2009 Touring models, ABS is
designed to help the rider maintain control during
braking events, especially those that happen in
less than optimal conditions. The components of
the Harley-Davidson ABS have been designed and packaged
to be virtually invisible, preserving the uncluttered
styling of the area around the wheels. Unlike many
motorcycle ABS, Harley-Davidson ABS is not a linked
system, meaning the rider maintains full, independent
control of both front and rear brakes.
- Electronic Throttle Control: Electronic Throttle
Control (ETC) is featured on all Touring models.
All wiring from the throttle-grip sensor is routed
through the handlebars. Additionally, the ETC unclutters
the handlebar area for cleaner styling.
- Isolated Drive System: The Isolated Drive System
compensator is now integrated into the rear wheel
hub, eliminating the previous bolt-on bowl for a
cleaner look. The Isolated Drive System reduces
noise and vibration to the rider for improved ride
quality under acceleration, shifting and cruising.