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Harley-Davidson FL 1200 Electra Glide

Cycle Guide of 1970

folks, here it is, the one, the the undisputed king of two wheel World(?) Yesiree, the Harley 74 inch Electra Glide is in any crowd. There are few motorcycles that have such a and dedicated group of owners.

few also are the machines that taken such verbal over the years.

Our experience this new Electra Glide was an experience on how to take a trip. been a while since we had the opportunity to ride one of the ‘king of the and there is a lot that perhaps we been missing. We even reserved in using the term Testing in regards to the 74, we often if it wasn’t the Harley that was us. Actually the big V twin engine changed a whole lot over the

After all, if a couple of a depression and mini skirts been able to stop the of the big 74 cu. in. twin, maybe it isn’t all bad.

The big Electra Glide just a machine, it’s an In these days of the super two … lightweights and high multis, the 74 can be considered another in motorcycling.

Upon receiving a call that one ready to go Davidson FLH was waiting for us at Harley of our first decision had to be made. How we bring the 74 back to the office? We load the test machines one of our trucks, but this is not the average at least not in size. But, the manager at Harley of Fullerton us that there would be no in loading the FLH in our truck. (What an

The loading ramp for the 74 is no exception. It in at no less than seventy-five and was wide enough to accept any two lightweights at the same time. It fit the 74 it was mated to it. The loading and unloading required no less than hearty and muscular grunting

This operation quickly us that should we incur any such as a flat tire or a the Auto Club tow service be our only hope for assistance.

each year we have the to road test most of the new on the market, and also some models on occasion. Some of the high performance machinery can put chills up the back of even the stout of heart. In the goose department, the big FLH has it hands down just about any motorcycle for a timer.

The goose bumps long before the engine fires, like about the the riders, leg swings over the and luggage carrier and his toes up on the seat, and the Milwaukee … is off the side stand. This is you start to feel the massiveness of the

It took us a few moments to find right position of balance. The of the rubber mounted handlebars some concern also. The step is to come down the enormous saddle and relax a before lighting off those 1 It’s here that we acquired the feeling of real comfort.

Kind of like falling the arm chair at home after a day on a wooden stool. Yes sir, if one thing that the H-D engineers it’s the American rider’s

For a while now the big twins have using electric starters. In an auxiliary kick starter is not included on the engine. There was any need for such an item our testing.

Starting the FLH is one of the more tasks that we had. flip on the petcock, press the lever, turn the key, put it in and push the starter button. the growling of the’ starter erupted from somewhere in the of the engine. Action erupts the engine all but instantaneously.

The unmistakable tone of the big V twin has been one of the of the Harley Davidson heritage.

It is at point that a neophyte rider finds that goose bumps have and probably covered most of his The next step is to put it in gear and get to aim it down the road. There are a few features of the big Electra Glide set it apart from other as far as feel and handling characteristics are

Until sufficient momentum is the weight (pushing 800 pounds), automobile type tires, and any of the larger accessories (windshield, etc.) really make the 74 awkward at slow speeds.

you put the Electra Glide in gear is an audible clunk. This is apparent when shifting up all four gears. This is one of inherent features that has passed on down through the

We weren’t too wild about it (Our test machine was with a foot shift, hand shift versions can be The clutch functioned perfectly and doubtful that any amount of could seriously damage it. It is a dry type unit, and therefore and disengaging gears was never a hot or cold.

As mentioned before, the 74 is out of in the tight and slow in-town Rather like driving a on a go cart track. As we aimed this is the right word) the at one of the freeway on-ramps, like and Hyde, the beast changes its

As the machine straightened out, the was rolled on. At this moment a of chain reactions began to Like the rumbling of a jet climbing during take off, a sound resounds inside our The thunderous roar is the exhaust of those seventy four inches working ever so to propel the machine into the flow of traffic.

Each the throttle is rolled on in second and and fourth the riders weight is but smoothly pushed down that armchair like The whole seat assembly at the front of the saddle frame horn) and the riders body down a few inches. Hmmm, not too

Different, but very comfortable.

As the of this highway cruiser the rumbling sound of the exhaust into the background. Suddenly the realizes that the 74 is zipping all the traffic very quickly.

The throttle is rolled back to feels like the idling and the speedometer says that still pushing 80 miles an One sometimes associates the 74 with that will hardly get out of its own This is maybe a misnomer. not saying that the FLH is some of an acceleration champ, but it does out surprisingly well.

Harley-Davidson FL 1200 Electra Glide

Actually, who has been nabbed by a motorized will attest to the fact those big Harleys can indeed right along.

The windshield and afford the rider with an valuable pair of accessories for or short trips. With two items on the machine (they are not to be standard, but optional items are ordered with the majority of the rider is not subjected to the buffeting and tiring job of fighting wind at cruising speeds. (If you haven’t a machine with these you are really missing a treat out on the road.) While yore along in that comfortable and behind the big wind-shield/fairing you all but lose the that you’re whipping at seventy-five per. There’s no buffeting noise

in your no bugs landing on your lips and no tired arms holding your body in the breeze. Yesiree, comfort and are the words of the day here.

It takes a few of riding the Harley Davidson Glide to see why this machine has as staunch supporters as it has. kind of like cruising in a glass bubble and watching the and scenery go by. After about ten or more miles you feel relaxed and a strange sense of begins to come forth. As the big rolls alona the power exhibits a certain amountof

With the saddle being as as it is, and mounted like a rocking the road conditions and engine have almost no effect on the The handlebars are mounted in thick and at a stop can be moved virtually at the handgrips without changing the of the front wheel. The factory this is a necessity to keep the V vibration out of the rider’s hands.

At speed it doesn’t af- fect the of the machine much (as long as going in a straight line) normal conditions and we guess you become accustomed to this. But we care for it.

The Electra Glide is the biggest production motorcycle in the The wheelbase is long, the tires like they belong on a car and the is bigger than some powerplants. While riding, (or the big twin you might wonder if really controlling the machine or if just the opposite. It’s a feeling.

The handling is altogether from just about any machine on the road. The rubber handlebars tend to accentuate the handling feeling. When you them they move to one side or the other before the moves in the desired direction.

tend to give the neophyte rider an insecure feeling.

are some other comfort items included on the Electra that are completely foreign to motorcycles. Footboards are standard the big twin, rather than pegs. These are a comfortable at slower riding speeds. As as you get above fifty the combination of and wind resistance pushes the feet back and off the footboards.

This did become irritating. would appear to most as conventional foot pegs are for the passenger. We found that pegs worked well for the at highway speeds.

The shift arm is conventional, with both a toe and lever. On the right side is the pedal, not a lever. Operating item takes a bit of habit as you don’t just put pressure with your toe, but you have to lift your from the footboard up to the pedal, like a car. The rear is a hydraulic actuated item conventional internal expanding

The front brake has a new type this year to increase ability. As a whole, the 74 still, as in the is a slow stopper due to the weight and brake lining area

Cycle Guide of 1970

Harley-Davidson FL 1200 Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FL 1200 Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FL 1200 Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FL 1200 Electra Glide


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