2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard Review —

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Harley-Davidson FL 1200 Electra Glide

The steed that took to Sturgis

Photos by George Obradovich

With the Sturgis now over and done with, I can in and report on the Flame Blue 2009 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide that carried me there and again. Many bikes are tested by magazines are ridden a few over a few miles, but this was ridden over 2500 and 9 days, so I didn’t just this one, I lived it. When you spend that time on a bike the good, and ugly really stand

The Electra-Glide Standard is a base for the touring lineup. As such, a beginning MSRP of $16,999 it and the King are the lowest priced FL

Let’s get the technical items first. As we now know from the launch reports on the 2009 OE and CVO the entire touring line an all-new chassis for better and handling.

Also standard on all ’09 touring is EITMS, or Engine Idle Management System. The previous for the 96-inch motor had a rash of about rear cylinder roasting legs in hot climates, so addressed the problem with the system.This bit of Harley tech fueling to the rear cylinder engine temperatures get too high idle; it’s also now activated or deactivated by rotating the grip forward for a count of seconds.

In further efforts to heat issues, the crossover of the exhaust system was rerouted, now beneath the engine instead of the rider‘s legs for better reduction. The front suspension new spring rates to complement the new and the new multi-compound Multi-Tread tire Dunlop. Additionally, the “Isolated System,” or more commonly, drive, now has its housing molded the rear wheel hub.

Standard features include the 96 Inch Twin-Cam motor, 6-gallon gas tank, six-speed transmission, Brembo brakes, and 28-spoke cast wheels. include ABS brakes, a security and electronic cruise control. So quite a list of features, old and Is all this technology really great?

How do all the new changes work, you Read on.

Since I have a Electra-Glide, I can fully appreciate the made to the new ‘09 touring models. At glance, the new bike doesn’t all that different from my but a trained eye sees the larger tank shape and different routing. A couple of Florida-based noticed I was riding a 2009 at Sturgis; they looked it with a tiny gleam of in their eyes.

The first chance I got to ride the was from Milwaukee to Chicago in the Midwest August heat – 92 Getting caught in a traffic jam on the way I can tell you that the EITMS combined with the new exhaust works well. I felt no heat on my thighs where my ‘01 would have been them a bit on this day.

And the is so seamless; you wouldn’t even it was there. No muss, no fuss.

The lump pulls smoothly idle to redline. No injection or surging could be felt in the powerband. The electronic cruise makes this bike an pleasure while hauling the highway. I can’t say enough things about having on this bike.

It was easily my all-time favorite It is so nice to be able to set your on the highway and sit back and enjoy the without hand cramps or about speeding tickets.

new bike doesn’t suffer the buffeting that previous endured from crosswinds or the generated by tractor/trailers or larger The instability or “wobble,” that can be in such windy conditions on prior year models their bat-wing fairing) non-existent with this

Getting the 1000 miles to and the 1000 back was really on this Electra-Glide, but I had a couple of to pick. I found the six-speed to be loud and obnoxious at times. It into gear with a clack and each gear a different tune. I could which gear I was in by the sound it Fifth gear is especially with a whine loud to make me think something was

Maybe because the rest of the is so quiet the gear noise so noticeable. ( I had a similar experience to during my time on the new touring at the ’09 model launch. It’s noting, however, that not normally noticed on other or bikes tend to be amplified as bounce around the cockpit of with such large and/or bodywork. Locating the of a noise can be like chasing a –P.B. )

Also of note, I had a issue with the “new and suspension. The highway ride was by the stiffness of the suspension. Now, I am no at 250 lbs, but for even me to think the was too stiff is a first for me. Usually I motorcycle suspension into on most bikes; I think went a little too heavy on one.

Not that the bike is uncomfortable, but highway jolts will jar you good. Since H-D is emphasizing the on their new tourers, I think designed this one more for than the highway. Corners on a

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