2008 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide Road Test Rider

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Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection

2008 Harley-Davidson Ultra Electra Glide FLHTCU Test

Classic looks and two-tone paint are hallmarks of the

Bill Stermer

March 7,

There’s no mistaking Harley with this new 2008 Glide Ultra Classic –it’s all around you. prominently on the tank, backrest, gas cap and elsewhere is the 105th Anniversary a reminder that Harley-Davidson building motorcycles in 1903. And under the tank is an air-cooled, V-twin engine with two per cylinder, attributes that can be to the very first H-D V-twin back in 1909.

But with the more things remain the the more they change, and how The Motor Company has managed to for lo, this century-plus with the still intact.

Harley’s especially in the past two decades, has a result of continued incremental overlaid upon that recognizable base. Take the Glide FLH, for example. It was produced in 1966, and we’ve all to recognize its signature fork-mounted, fairing.

Today, if you were beside the road and saw this Electra Glide Ultra rumble past you, immediately by a 1984 Electra Classic, it would take a eye to distinguish between the two. they pulled over, the differences would leap out at you in

With a full fairing, and luggage the Ultra is a comfortable

In 1984, features such as rubber engine mounting and enclosed chain final were recent innovations, and the Evolution engine (the one was to save Harley-Davidson from had just been introduced. In the years the entire Harley has gone to belt final and electronic fuel injection. The Glide’s fairing has been and updated.

There’s now a full sound The saddlebag lids are now attached and can no be lost, the brakes now have rather than single-piston and fairing lowers are standard on the And in case you feared that the of change had slowed in recent for 2007 the E-Glide was given the new Drive six-speed transmission debuted on other models the year), and the Twin Cam 88-inch was upgraded to 96 cubic inches.

was accomplished by leaving the bore but adding almost 10mm to the For 2008 fuel capacity has by one gallon, and various models the Ultra) are available with brakes. It just goes to that the rate of change has increased in recent years.

96-inch motor (1,584cc) a bore and … of 95.25 x figures that indicate a stroker rather than a Sure, it’s still and its valves are actuated by pushrods hydraulic lifters that need adjustment, but power has tweaked in unexpected ways. Two ago when we tested the 2006 Classic its 88-inch Twin Cam produced 65 horsepower at 5,700 rpm on the Performance dynamometer, and 67.4 of torque at 3,800 rpm.

despite gaining 8 cubic of displacement, horsepower has actually to 62.4 at 5,200 rpm, but is up to 77.8 lb-ft at 3,600 That’s a whopping 15 percent and anyone who rides a Harley can that torque is what all about. Not only that, but the flat torque curve more than 70 lb-ft 2,000 on up to 4,400 rpm.

Hit the starter button, and after a whump from the starter the electronic sequential port injection helps the engine up immediately…unless you were foolish to forget to pack the hands-free fob that’s part of the optional Security System. It’s a key fob that must be within feet of the bike or nothing happen except the turn will simply flash at you

When the fob is more than 8 away, the security system itself and disables the ignition. the bike is disturbed, the signals a siren alarm is optional. you lose the fob or leave it sitting in garage when you ride you can arm or disarm the system by using the signal controls to enter a PIN

­Six gallons above and 96 inches below: Who says never change?

Even cold the Glide can be ridden immediately without protest or For the 2006 model year, clutch lever effort was by 35 percent on Big Twins, and in ’07 touring got a new clutch cable that in a further 7 percent reduction in The six-speed shifts easily, and with low effort with its shifter.

Gone are the days one had to pause between shifts on a to allow the parts to properly

The Ultra is a traveling machine, is where it excels. Vibration the single-crankpin V-twin was tamed ago, isolated from the by rubber engine mounts. The is one of the best I’ve ever in motorcycling, a firm base with soft padding.

I start squirming around the first 100 miles of a ride, to redistribute the pressure points. with the Ultra I took a weekend ride and it wasn’t late in the second day that the ritual began. The seat is at the front so the rider can get the feet at a stop, and the 30.7-inch height is

Footboards are rubber mounted so no vibration enters there; the one is crowded a bit by the heel-and-toe shifter.

The sits rather upright a full instrument panel includes a large speedometer and and four smaller circular that keep track of supply, charging rate, oil and ambient air temperature. As for entertainment, the includes a Harman/Kardon 80-watt system with AM/FM weatherband, CB, intercom, four and there’s a power outlet for clothing and such. A dizzying of audio options includes XM Bluetooth, GPS and a CD changer.

With its of cornering clearance, the Electra starts to drag when the fun

A major factor in pleasant is wind protection, and while classic fairing deflects the it also allows a significant of buffeting to the rider’s helmet. You be able to hear much of wonderful audio system at unless you utilize helmets speaker headsets. The Ultra comes standard with a of lowers, leg protectors that a small storage bin under snap-on cover that can a pair of winter gloves.

lower also incorporates a plastic panel that inside. On a cold day the rider can in front of the bike and rotate panels outward on their to block the wind. On warmer they can be rotated back the lowers to allow for more a good thing since the engine now puts out more especially from the rear exhaust pipe on the right.

Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection

Likewise, tinted wind at the edges of the fairing can be rotated on warm days to direct to the rider’s body. Both of comfort items are quite

The side-opening TourPak trunk a great deal.

Touring involves packing, and in my opinion the TourPak trunk is the best piece of motorcycle luggage devised. It includes an integral backrest, and because it opens to the the passenger does not need to forward to clear the lid. It a form-fitting insert lined a flocked material to cushion the and the body incorporates LED side

The saddlebags, meanwhile, load from the top with their removed, and are quite long at 22 My only issue with is that the bags start but taper down to only 5-6 wide, which can make difficult to pack. The same key the fork, ignition and luggage.

The sits in a true lap of luxury, against a backrest that’s with wraparound armrests and speakers–the volume control is on the The rear seat is as comfy as the portion, and the feet are placed on footboards. It all results in a spread-out, feeling. Just note the protruding speakers inhibit the to carry long items overlap the seat, such as the and camp chair I carried on my sojourn.

Your H-D dealer cheerfully sell you a luggage that attaches to the TourPak but lacking that I was able to these items toward the of the passenger seat where cleared the speakers.

The 63.5-inch wheelbase enhances stability on the highway, where the can thrum along with the pouring from the stereo and the intercom system allowing the to easily speak with the The full-featured cruise control speeds steady across and valleys, and can be fine tuned by the thumb control.

With figures of a relatively steep 26 combined with a laid-back 6.2 the Glide offers a satisfying of surprisingly light, quick for a 850-pound motorcycle, with It becomes fun to hustle down a road until it runs up against the bane of most of cornering clearance. Way too soon the and footboards begin to drag, and heads need prevail; the forces the rider to remain its cornering limitations or suffer the

Anti-lock brakes are new for 2008; not linked.

With its three brake calipers, the days of to immediately upgrade your brakes are over. Now with the of optional anti-lock brakes, get even better. Head for patch of gravel across the keep the bike upright and the brakes.

You’ll feel the deceleration, a sudden pulsing in the lever and pedal as the brakes release and by contrast the bike seems to accelerate across the patch, then immediate of the brakes and deceleration. All you need to do is pressure on the brakes and the bike the rest; ABS can save your bacon (as long as you’re rather than leaned in a corner).

The FLH has an air-adjustable rear and Harley calls for no additional air for a solo rider of up to 150 pounds, on up to psi for a big rider and 200-pound passenger. Air in the system acts as a spring, and the suspension is adequately damped. My comment is that I wished for damping in the non-adjustable fork, moved too readily for my tastes.

With the 9.2:1 compression you’ll run 91-octane (premium) in your Big Twin. Another change this year is fuel capacity has been from 5.0 to 6.0 gallons, yet the tank has a clean look. The 38.4 mpg I during my solo, mostly time on cruise control was a bit and translates to a range of about 230

Some riders have a to dismiss Harley-Davidson’s air-cooled as antiquated dinosaurs, as overpriced that don’t measure up in of technology. Granted, that was a number of years ago, and their power and smoothness do not that of the multicylinder bikes. considering that the Ultra is a intended for comfort, luggage and a satisfying ride, the new, one reminds us not only how far Harley-Davidson has but that it’s still onward and upward.

Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCI Electra Glide Classic Injection


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