2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited Review –

12 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited Review –
Harley-Davidson FLHF 1200 Electra Glide

We get pampered on the whole-Hog full dresser

Prepare to be coddled. The existing Ultra Classic Electra Glide was already nicely equipped with luxuries like cruise control, an 80-watt Harman/Kardon audio system (with CD, MP3, CB, intercom), adjustable wind deflectors and vented fairing lowers. Along with all those accoutrements, the new Limited adds a bevy of standard equipment.

Heated grips with six power levels extend the riding season, Brembo triple-disc anti-lock brakes provide safety, and a self-arming security system thwarts thieves.

Harley’s Tour-Pak luggage also receives upgrades. A full-size rack adorns the large top-case, and inside is a 12-volt power supply to go along with the accessory plug located in the fairing’s console. Also included are liners for the three luggage components.

New cast-aluminum Contrast Chrome wheels have chrome-plating on the faces of their 28 spokes, and a pair of 35-watt driving lights augment the headlight. The EGUL’s only option is for your choice of five two-tone color choices, two of them being “Custom Colors” that add $1200 to the MSRP. A quintet of Ultra Limited badges tell the world you’re riding something special.

With 901 lbs of bike and fluids, the EGUL is cumbersome at parking-lot speeds, but it is nonetheless quite well balanced. A lowish seat height of 27.3 inches helps manageability, and the saddle’s padding is much more pillowy than the Street/Road Glides. The luxo-tourer emits a throaty note through a new exhaust system that culminates in dual mufflers. We rode the EGUL in the mountains of Colorado where the air is thin and cold.

A finely calibrated fuel-injection system takes care of the former, while controls for heated grips on the left handlebar ease the latter.

The Ultra Limited feels like a Buick Roadmaster, and we mean that in a good way. It is an effortless cruiser, with mellow vibes coming from the rubber-mount engine and smooth tunes pouring from the powerful stereo. The EGUL’s 103-inch (1690cc) motor is a worthy addition to the Electra Glide platform, as the TC96 would’ve felt wheezy in the mountains while carrying the bike’s considerable weight.

Harley-Davidson FLHF 1200 Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHF 1200 Electra Glide

The Ultra Limited feels like a Buick Roadmaster, and we mean that in a good way.

Although Harleys aren’t generally known for their handling qualities, the stiffer frame introduced last year is a revelation. No more puckering wallow when hitting a bump in the middle of a corner, allowing confident use of fairly generous ground clearance and decent grip from new dual-compound tires. Air-adjustable rear shocks do a fine job considering they have just 3.0 inches of travel.

The ABS-equipped Brembos slow the big rig effectively.

Protection from the elements is provided by a swoopy batwing fairing and an upright windshield, while legs are sheltered by fairing lowers. The cockpit is graced with gauges that feature new titanium-colored faces and larger numerals now illuminated by brighter LED lighting. LED strips running along the sides of the Tour Pak trunk aid conspicuity.

Passenger accommodations are very plush, with a generously padded seat and large wrap-around backrest.

Harley-Davidson FLHF 1200 Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLHF 1200 Electra Glide

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