2008 Harley-Davidson CVO FLHTCUSE3 Screamin’ Eagle® Ultra Classic™ Electra…

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Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide

FLHTCUSE 3 Screamin’ Eagle ® Ultra Classic™ Electra Glide ®

2008 Harley-Davidson CVO 105 th Anniversary FLHTCUSE 3 Screamin’ Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide-Long name for Harleys first ABS assisted Tourer for consumers

Only Harley-Davidson can produce a motorcycle named by 84 characters! The 2008 Harley CVO Ultra in the 105 th Anniversary paint scheme is something very special. We tested the saddle of the flagship tourer on US motorways.

Words: Tor Sagen/Photography: Paul Barshon

All Harley-Davidson Tourers and VRSCs come with the ABS option in 2008. The Motor Company has remained sceptical to ABS for a long time, but Bill Davidson himself told me at the launch that he is now hooked. The Harley-Davidson Police models have featured ABS for a while, but now Harley has launched a highly sophisticated un-linked ABS system developed exclusively for Harley-Davidson.

Where are those damn ABS rings I wondered whilst bending over to inspect the front wheel? I needed some expert advice and asked if Bill Davidson would mind telling me all about the new ABS system.

I could see Mr. Davidsons eyes brighten behind his glasses when I asked him. This is big news for the Motor Company and rather than just hiring a few experts to implement an existing ABS system on its models Harley demanded a new system. Harley-Davidsons ABS system is covertly mounted within the wheel hubs so that any Harley-Davidson with ABS still looks exactly the same as it always did.

Harley-Davidson refused to accept that they had to attach an ugly metal ring next to its brake discs.

Innovation is motivated by several factors in Harley-Davidson and the bi-effect of the clean looking front wheel is according to Bill Davidson a much lighter ABS system than dictated by convention. Small magnets are in place within the wheel hubs that measure all the extensive data needed to operate the ABS system efficiently. The data is fed into a brand new ECU unit that also takes care of the fly-by-wire throttle!

I never thought I’d mention neither ABS nor Fly-by-wire in an article written about Harley-Davidson as I have only tried it myself on a Yamaha R6, R1, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Aprilia SL750 Shiver yet. Then Harley-Davidson launches it that plans its strategies 10 years at a time! I bend over in the dust in awe for the boldness of this move!

Like fuel injection, fly-by-wire will soon be the norm on all motorcycles.

I take a seat in the big and comfortable seat of the Ultra. But not before admiring the limited edition Crystal Copper/Black Onyx 105 th anniversary paint job with real gold-leaf pinstripes. I just couldn’t take my eyes off the Ultra and Road King where the Ultra is just more to describe it in one word. The Ultra Classic Electra Glide is one hell of an impressive sight even to experienced motor journalists.

This is a celebration in every aspect of the word. Engineering, finish, technical finesse and comfort all in one. Harley-Davidson will make a maximum of 1050 of the105 th Ann CVO Springer, but probably a few less than that of the big expensive Touring models. (For 2008 the 105 th anniversary paint scheme stretches also outside of the CVO label into two Sportsters, three Softails, two Tourers and one Dyna but without the special two-tone paint with gold-leaf.

Impressed as I am by the flawless exterior, I am not less impressed by the features and interior you can see from the rider’s seat. The features that are standard on the CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide are just everything that can be thrown at a Touring motorcycle. Built in navigation system, Harman-Kardon 160-watt stereo/radio, cruise control and heated seats to mention some. There is a lot of different buttons though and after a days riding I still don’t know my way around all of them.

Not as intuitive and simple as they could be and the Electra has not got an adjustable windscreen.

On the motorway it’s evident that there’s something special between my legs powering this grandest of tourers. The new Twin Cam 110 (1803cc) is powering all the CVO models and in the Ultra it is absolutely perfect. A full 156Nm (@3.000rpm) of torque is unleashed from the word go and with a broiler like the CVO Ultra, that weighs more than 20 kilos more even than the standard Ultra Classic Electra Glide, it is needed.

The claimed dry-weight is 391.9kg and in running order that equates to a busty 409kg. Add a rider and some luggage and you are a full half metric tonne rolling down the highway! The reason it is so heavy is due to all the extra equipment that is standard and you do get a thumping 1803cc V-twin lump thrown in rather than the standard 1583cc engine.

But it’s just on the motorway we are and it all feels great. At speed I preferred to cruise at 70mph rather than 55, but that’s just the nature of the beast of a V-twin engine. The 110 is truly addictive, but never more suitable than in the Ultra.

It’s just right and when we do hit a red light entering town I can easily open the throttle and get rolling. Not at any time during the test did I experience anything with the electronic throttle that made me think of it. The 110 is such an exciting engine if you want it to be and it effectively teased me down from the 6 th overdrive gear into the torque rush of third a few times.

However, the power is there also in 6 th and the torque makes sure that passing endless lines of SUV’s and pick-up trucks the size of European lorries is a breeze. The front end of the Ultra some times didn’t feel as extravagant as the good CVO looks would suggest. I am not sure whether this is caused by that little fly-screen (ehrm) attached to the fork or what. I didn’t like those movements on the motorway regardless of cause.

The rest of the article soon.

Statics show the standard 105th Anniversary Ultra.

Features of the 2008 FLHTCUSE 3 Screamin’ Eagle ® Ultra Classic ® include:

1800cc Twin Cam 110 Powertrain with new Granite and Chrome finish

6-speed Cruise Drive transmission

Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide

Active intake and exhaust system

New internally-wired handlebar with electronic throttle control

New Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

New Brembo front and rear brakes

New six-gallon/22.7 litre fuel tank

New dual control heated seat with passenger backrest and complementary adjustable rider backrest

New Paint: 105th Anniversary Crystal Copper and Black Diamond

Copper Canyon and Stardust Silver

White Frost and Silver Mist

The 105th Anniversary serialized limited-edition model features exclusive colour matched medallions, and badges.

Advanced Audio System by Harman-Kardon with CD/AM/FM/WB radio receiver, Intercom, amplifier, navigation system and front and rear speakers

New chrome custom communications pod with colour-matched insert

New power locking system with remote/barrel key fob

Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE Screamin' Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide


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