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Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection

Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide – Long-term Evaluation

Text: Chris Myers • Photography: Christa Neuhauser

My first ride on the 2005 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic was one of those dreaded, droning highway runs on I-95/85 – from the H-D factory in York, Pennsylvania, to the RoadRUNNER offices in North Carolina – and although the plush seat and excellent sound system certainly eased the boredom of Mr. Eisenhower’s broader ribbons, testing the bike’s back-road touring prowess would have to wait. Fortunately, breaking free of the office confines around here doesn’t require a note from your doctor; it’s part of the job description.

Sure enough, the keys to the Motor Company’s flagship touring model took up residence in my right front pocket and I was crooning along to the song of the open road almost as quickly as those $ 1 drafts have me heading toward the stage to croak on Karaoke night. My spotty performances aside, the appearance of my new ride, the Ultra Classic, certainly seems to hit all the right notes.

The two-tone, silver and cobalt paint scheme and the liberal use of chrome are absolutely striking, and although ’05 is stamped on the frame, the same timeless lines that attracted a skinny Elvis Presley in the fifties have crowds lining up today. Its rock ‘n’ roll allure is contagious. Surveying the Ultra Classic in the parking lot sets my toes to tapping the way they do whenever I hear the King break into the opening lines of Hound Dog.

An involuntary response, it can’t be helped.

Settling into the luxurious seat, hitting the starter and hearing the first crack of the big V-twin never fails to stir the juices in my pot of wanderlust stew. To say the bike feels larger than life may be a tad melodramatic, but it’s very clear that something very cool is shaking down in Harleyville when the Ultra Classic shudders to life.

Despite being somewhat jaded, I have to admit there is a certain soul-tingling sensation emanating from the machine, even when its big V-twin merely sits at idle. There’s no denying a certain mystique surrounds this big-jugged Milwaukee beauty, but now it’s time to find out just what the crowing is all about. Is it puppy love, or can this hound dog really hunt?

All Shook Up

When Elvis sang, I’m in love, I’m all shook up he could have been referring to his many Harleys. Vibrations and Harley-Davidson were synonymous for years, but times have changed and so have Harley’s Vs. The latest Twin Cam 88 vibration-isolation mounted engine has eliminated the teeth-rattling tremors associated with older models.

Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection

But that’s not to say it’s completely thump free – there’s still plenty of that burly throb to let you know you’re aboard the genuine article. After all, we are talking about two 725cc-sized pistons banging around in those big cans. But really, it’s only after hours of non-stop riding that you begin to notice the vibro-tingles, especially in your hands and rear.

As for strength of character, it’s hard to top the 88 cubic inch (1450cc) air-cooled twin. The sound and feel is pure Harley-Davidson and it’s easy to see why so many riders become so deeply enamored. The Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection makes for effortless start-ups and the engine displays perfect manners from idle to redline. Once a few miles have been logged, though, the overall performance is somewhat disappointing.

Throttle roll-ons in all but first gear are a hurry-up and wait affair. There’s power there, it just seems to take forever to wick up, and once wound, it isn’t going to drop any jaws. Sure, the Ultra can jump out ahead of most any car at a light, but so could my high-school era 250cc dual-sport. As long as you’re not in a rush, the torquey twin is great for easing around on a Sunday afternoon, but be careful when deciding to pass that long line of traffic.

Despite the engine’s chart-topping personality, it is a bit off key in the oomph department.

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For the complete article of the riding impression(s) and technical specifications, please purchase the March/April 2006 back issue.

Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic Injection


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