2006 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide Road Test Rider Magazine

12 Мар 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 2006 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide Road Test Rider Magazine отключены
Harley-Davidson FLHC Electra Glide Classic
Harley-Davidson FLHC Electra Glide Classic

2006 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Classic Electra Glide Test

Photo Credit: Cox/Slide Action


January 1, 2007

While threw a big party for its 100th in 2003, it has not made a big deal the fact that it is the oldest producer of motorcycles on the planet. the company fears that, by this fact, it could be as an old-time, old-technology company. by acknowledging only birthday and the fun stuff, H-D perhaps believes it will be perceived as long-lived, cool and relentless in updating its

Fair enough-who are we to argue success?

The 2006 FLHTCUI Classic Electra Glide is a example of this philosophy of updates. You’re familiar the Electra Glide, right? Harley’s big tourer and comes a fork-mounted fairing and hard, saddlebags.

Step up to the Classic and Harley adds the Tour-Pak with passenger backrest. Or get the Ultra Classic version here with its lowers and little storage areas-and goodies. While it may look the same ol’ E-Glide in the photos, the 2006 edition offers updates.

We’ll cover throughout the course of our test.

The visible change is the new Reflector-Optics Lamps on the light bar; now match the headlight, which was for 2005. The reason for all these new lights is that engineers that the fluted lenses on headlights actually diminished output as they spread the They found it was more to have the reflector direct the through a clear lens.

lowers are standard on the Ultra, and Twin Cam engine puts out 65 horsepower.

Tucked inside the cases of all 2006 Harley models is a new three-phase, 50-amp, charging system that keep that ol’ battery despite running the standard equipment and all those additional for the rally light show. It an increase in charging output ranges, according to model, 11 and 32 percent.

The Twin Cam 88 engine has been since 1999, an air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin that 65.0 rear-wheel horsepower on the dyno in stock, non-California While this doesn’t like much in comparison other big-inch bikes, OK as many riders treat stock Harleys as a starter kit for and better things-like Harley’s Eagle performance parts.

importantly, the engine was already 60.1 lb-ft of torque at a 2,100 rpm, peaked at lb-ft at 3,900 rpm, and more than 60 all the way to redline at rpm. Our Classic’s engine had enhanced visually with powdercoating, polished fin edges and covers.

Throw a leg over and settle into an upright on a seat that comfortably cushion with firm-ness. The likewise, are “right there,” a of many years of relentless from riders of all shapes and This year, the rider’s rest on a pair of rubber-mounted with the new “pinstripe” pattern; the is continued on the brake pedal, also incorporates the bar-and-shield

The ignition switch is new for 2006 on Glide and Road Glide it requires that the fork be to full lock before the can be turned to the fork lock and locked.

Good wind luggage capacity and nimble relentless updates— continue to the Glide a favorite.

The Electra Classic and Ultra are available with Electronic Sequential Fuel Injection; the engine on our bike always started and was ready to be ridden away whether hot or cold. When I it into gear for the first I immediately noticed the most change for 2006. Because of a ball-and-ramp mechanism and a lighter spring, clutch lever has been reduced by a claimed 24

The reduction in effort is significant, as be the reduction in gorilla grip and the left forearm fatigue among owners of previous

Out on the open road the Electra is a delight. Its rubber-mounted engine out a little vibration in the seat and at low rpm, but on the highway it is quite and its pace is relaxing. By 2,500 rpm the is already generating 30.6 and 64.3 lb-ft of torque, and that point on the fun begins.

its weight and size, the Electra is fairly nimble and handles well—to a point.

Despite its heft, the Glide is surprisingly at low speeds. Utilize the clutch and rear brake pedal and simultaneously, and it’s possible to it around within the width of a road. Get onto a twisting road and, despite its wheelbase, the bike steers and drops into turns and easily with its steep 26 of rake and 6.2 inches of trail.

that, however, things more difficult. The riding is slowed down by those big levers, how deliberately (but the five-speed shifts with its shifter, and the fact the rider lift his or her foot to utilize the pedal-you know you’re one big steer here.

Get that grin on your face and whipping this bad boy around, and soon get a queasy feeling the little head wag the Glide during abrupt transitions one full lean to the other. pushing and the sidestand will dragging on the left, and the footboard and the frame will touch on the With the engine reaching torque at 3,900 rpm, of the heavy lifting is already revving beyond that causes the engine to generate noise but not much additional

Thankfully, the Ultra Classic’s are in keeping with its weight; it with triple 11.5-inch with four-piston calipers, are quite adequate for the job. require a heavy squeeze, and despite not offering much can be modulated well.

Seating is upright, the seat is comfortable and the are “right there.”

In my opinion the trunk is the best piece of luggage ever invented, the Glide’s long saddlebags stand to be a little wider. For the Tour-Pak has been redesigned slightly new contours and is now an inch but H-D says its capacity has not been Its shell is now injection-molded of black GTX that, Harley states, not “chalk” from rubbing and it provides a smoother surface

The backrest flap now attaches to the base rather than its which should help rubbing.

The saddlebags are made of the black GTX nylon, and also soft luggage liner The Ultra’s Tour-Pak is lined a formed, carpetlike material a nice little luxury Check out the trunk’s new full-length trim accents, and the new LED side

With the rider ensconced the Ultra’s familiar bat-wing the immediate view includes its round speedometer and tach, a smaller round oil-pressure voltmeter, ambient air temperature and gauge. At 6 feet tall, I was able to see over the standard-height and the wind coming over it the vents atop my helmet. stature may vary.

Very little wind the hands, there’s some on the but quite a bit comes in from The fairing lowers, which are on the Ultra, include a pair of glove boxes with snap-on covers. For 2006 the now incorporate a pair of plastic that can be left retracted for airflow, or rotated outward to more of the wind. I played them extensively, and finally that they made minimal difference in protection.

excellent feature is H-D’s cruise control that easily and responds well to changes.

Instrumentation includes a selection of gauges, and the radio is now for optional XM Satellite Radio.

Out on the road I was especially able to the bike’s new Advanced Audio the result of H-D’s partnership audio company Harman/Kardon. All of radio-equipped dressers now offer an system, the options for which XM Satellite Radio, High Amplification, a Hands-Free Cell module, CB bike-to-bike Communications and

While other Electra models are equipped with a audio system, the Ultra’s has a 80 watts. An available GPS navigation is coming soon.

The bane of to the radio while on the road is stations continually fade in and out upon atmospheric conditions, the can be blocked by buildings and hills, and the station is out of range. A signal from a satellite is much likely to be blocked, and will be in for thousands of miles. XM Satellite is a subscription service that more than 150 channels of talk, sports and lots much of it commercial free.

In my riding on the Ultra I listened to XM (love those hits of the and the only times I lost the XM (and then only was while riding in close to a cliff wall to the south.

Navigating the audio system is than one might expect. The utilizes a thumb control the right grip to scroll the choices (which include AM, FM, CD, Channel and XM) on the LCD screen. Push in to and utilize the same control to through channels or tracks and push to select.

A similar control on the left side volume. During our test I JM’s excellent in-helmet in my opinion, in-helmet speakers are the way to go if one wishes to clearly hear audio.

The Tour-Pak trunk a great deal and comes a nice carpetlike liner.

The Audio Intercom also headset receptacles and push-to-talk The Hands-Free Cell Phone utilizes Bluetooth protocol transmission format and mounts in the If your phone is Bluetooth rider and passenger can make and cell calls via the radio controls or voice activation, I did not test this feature.

of packin’ a passenger, this the Tour-Pak can be adjusted fore/aft on its by an inch to give the passenger room. Not to infer that friend has put on weight (perish the but it’s nice to know this capability is available. The position is the same as last fixed position, and to adjust the it’s necessary to remove bolts, slide it, and tighten up.

The Ultra comes with a air suspension that, when inflated, offers a ride may not be exactly plush, but is certainly and well controlled. That fork likewise may have a feel, but its ride is likewise controlled and will keep the end pointed where you want it.

We the Ultra up into the mountains to the which included a lot of rolling at 75 mph to get there, then whipping the curves. These factors to our disappointing mileage of 37 mpg. If sanely and within the speed we expect that the middle 40s be well within reach.

But of course, if one has the scratch for an Ultra, to worry about $3/gallon In base black the Electra Ultra Classic sells for but “color” models (like our bike here) are $20,265. versions are $20,645.

New this is a slightly lower Tour-Pak made of new stuff, and with new LED

The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic remains a real because of The Motor Company’s drive to give the people they want. It’s a friendly, recognizable modern that provides such features as good luggage very comfortable seating, rumbling, staccato beat stirs the soul and now a relentlessly list of updates and creature that hit home.

And of course, it one entr√©e to all those upcoming parties. Now there’s one cool that just won’t

Want MORE? Check out Rider Touring Cruiser featuring the Harley-Davidson Ultra Electra Glide plus the Vulcan 1700 Voyager, Vision Tour Premium Royal Star Venture S.


Other articles of the category "Harley-Davidson":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.