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Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard

2008 Harley-Davidson FLHT Glide Standard Road

Terry Roorda

April 15,

Practically perfect

Less is for purists and the budget-minded

Though designated the FLHT Electra Standard, the more accurate for this unsung and understated might be the Electra Glide Standard since it appeals to two distinct breeds of buyer. The breed is the bargain hunters who long found Milwaukee’s deals to be in the basement of the Tourer where the FLHT—and the FLHS it—have offered the most for their money, giving the full complement of essential features and mechanical attributes any of the frills for thousands of dollars than the better dressed and Electra Glide Classic; looking for a low buy-in and willing to further flourishes and amenities future paychecks. The second is the Electra Glide traditionalists who their machines uncluttered and as to the relatively minimalist touring of the original Glides as practicable; who view cosmetics and amenities whitewalls, stereos, chrome and trunks as just more or just more stuff to and polish; riders who prefer to pack tents and sleeping rather than a weather-tight box for a riders who, frankly, if with an Ultra Classic would waste no time in it down to something approximating the

In the case of the bargain hunters, the just keeps getting Over the last two model the Tourer platform has been with an impressive roster of and refinements, and the Standard has benefited all of them. In 2007, the bikes got the motor with its wallop of torque, worry-free cam case and primary, and closed-loop fuel system. They got the direct six-speed Cruise Drive

They also got a super-light pull thanks to a Teflon-lined sheath, and reengineered mufflers restored a good measure of famous V-Twin rumble to the note.

And for 2008, the Tourers gotten a second round of improvements, including Brembo six-gallon fuel tanks, a shock absorber system Isolation Drive, and a new electronic control (ETC). That’s an array of improvements in a two-year but most amazing of all is that all added a paltry $1,050 to the price of the FLHT since from $15,395 to $16,545, an of 6.8 percent, which is roughly the as the rise in the cost of living over that same In other words, it’s all

And it all works together

There’s bargain basement about the way the looks, or in the way that it functions. a clean machine visually, as expect, and especially appealing to of us who prefer our V-Twins in bare finish, and our paint schemes monochrome. And here’s a funny When Harley puts a front fender and panniers guardrails on the Road Glide or Glide, it’s a styling but here it’s perceived as an measure.

That’s a happy for both the bargain hunters and And once in the saddle the bike is from its pricier siblings, the exception of the absence of a sound oil pressure gauge, and ambient gauge. Other than the view’s the same, and so is the satisfaction of the starter button and sitting while the EFI manages the warm-up.

Pull back the clutch and step into gear, and the moves out with a near-eerie of control and handling for a bike weighs in at 780 pounds. The combination of the EFI, which eliminates the eccentricities of its open-loop predecessor, the Drive, which smooths out any of lash in the final drive, and the which takes all of the slop, and maintenance out of the throttle, results in a seamless, effortless, and predictable and response under any and all circumstances.

And an added benefit in that the use of a inside the handlebars as opposed to a of external cables with adjusters cleans up the appearance of the appreciably. Gone also is the throttle tensioner that served as an ersatz fast screw and cruise control, and probably be missed by traditionalists, but not for long.

Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard

For one thing, the fuel injection obviates any need for massaging the at a cold idle, and for another, the use of ETC a reasonably priced true control option. For $245 you can get the equipped with the real

Also as a byproduct of incorporating the ETC the scheme of things, a new anti-lock system (ABS) is available as an on this model. The new ABS is housed the cruise control workings to be, behind the right side on Tourers so equipped last Those workings are now simply a circuit of the ECM.

The ABS costs an $795, which might a bitter pill to swallow for the hunters, and an extravagance for the traditionalists with some justification, conclude that just a trio of Brembos on the bike is all the they need, but times what they are, a wise purchase. In this day of more congested traffic, and more distracted motorists, a healthy dose of peace of knowing that you can quite slam on the brakes and come to an stop without fear of up a tire and skidding into

In practice, there’s virtually no curve in adapting to the ABS. In operation you don’t even it’s there, and your braking procedures remain It’s only in those moments of panic mode the system comes into and lets you know instantaneously it’s on the job by returning your inputs with a distinct to boot and glove, and taking the task from there.

the practical

As you may have gathered by I’m one of those Electra Glide I spoke of, so, for me, the ’08 Standard is a near-perfect There are, however, things I’d add to bring the package all the way It wouldn’t cost much,

For roughly $400 I could this machine into the touring bike for my style of For that sum I could: 1) replace the windshield—which is an awkward height for a of my height, cutting across my of vision— with an offering the P-A catalogue that’s an ideal lower, and would provide all of the protection of the stock unit still permitting an unobstructed over the top; 2) add a detachable rack/passenger backrest to make up camping gear and a pillion pal an operation.

Aside from those I wouldn’t change a thing on bike. Practically speaking, perfect.

Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard
Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard

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