Posted: 16 Feb 2014
Harley-Davidson is recognised as the king of custom motorcycles. It is also royalty when it comes to producing touring machines built for comfort and luggage carrying – it should be because the USA manufacturer has been making such bikes since 19-dot (ask your granddad!). Arguably the most recognised touring Harley is the Electra Glide, which has been, and still is, available in many guises. This model is the Ultra Classic – one step down from the present top of the range Ultra Limited. Perhaps more interesting is the fact this bike is one of the latest ‘Project Rushmore’ bikes – a name given to the overhaul of the Touring range in late 2013. What this means is this bike is bang up to date, complete with revised sitting room chair-like seating arrangement, bodywork that is more wind-cheating, bigger luggage space (and improved accessibility) improved handling and feedback from revised wheels and front forks, and a sound/navigation/media system that makes some car stereos look and sound like 1960s valve radios. There’s also an improved brake system linked front-to-rear and with ABS. This is a vast improvement over old, but could be better still when trying to haul up 411kg of American Iron (and plastic), unloaded that it is. One area that is noticeably better is the engine. Although the same capacity as the previous model, new camshafts and the addition of direct water-cooling to the cylinder heads (the two radiators live out of sight in the leg shields) has helped boost midrange drive to make overtaking less of a struggle especially up hill. It also means the claimed 86HP performance remains stable – hot or extremely cold areas used to rob the Glide of its power but water-cooling keeps the new bike thermal efficient. In all, a comfy new bus with the ability to go two-up everywhere there is a road surface.
THE AD SAYS:
2011 (11 reg), 1690cc, 507 miles, blue
2013 FLHCTU Electra Glide Ultra Classic in 2 Tone Blue. The Rushmore Project Bike – 103 Cubic Inch engine with 10% more power, Reflex-Linked ABS brakes, new bodywork, forks, Tour Pak, wheels, and seating. Add to that the new Boom Audio System. This bike comes with a FREE upgrade to 6.5GT Boom Audio with navigation and touch screen. Limited to this Bike. Factory alarm, immobiliser and Datatag. Available with H-D Finance and H-D Originals Warranty. Contact: 01622 711680. Price: £19,980
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