Harley-Davidson cracked open its crystal ball this month and showed us how it plans to aggressively blaze new trails and attract new riders. The announcement was full of surprises—a naked sportbike, an ADV bike, and a whole slew of electric bikes with form factors to come. Hot takes rained down and no comment section was left unscorched.
But that’s the future, and 2019 is coming up fast. So here is what Harley-Davidson has in store for the 2019 model year. It brings focus back to its lineup of heavyweight Touring and trike models. Have no fear, Harley faithful, this launch is for you.
More tech for 2019 Harley-Davidson Touring and trike models
The Boom! Box infotainment system made its debut in 2013 to bring touchscreen and device connectivity to Harley-Davidson’s Touring models. 2019 sees a heavy revision to update the whole system inside and out, and make it more user friendly.
The looks, for example, are all new, featuring a TFT display with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass. Harley claims this display has a unique surface treatment designed to minimize reflection for exceptional visibility in bright sunlight, and is optimized for use in wet or dry conditions—even when used with riding gloves.
The Boom! Box system is now Apple CarPlay compatible and features voice commands for navigation. A new navigation engine features voice-recognition-enabled “one box search” function for added rider convenience. Finally, the Boom! Box GTS navigation system features a new integration with the Harley-Davidson app for iOS or Android so riders can seamlessly upload routes and/or find new ones.
But performance enhancements have also come to make the ride, not just cruising along Daytona blasting Florida Georgia Line, more fun.