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Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra
Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Ultra 2012 ride

Terry Roorda

December 20,

We were somewhere around on the edge of the desert when the began to take hold. I saying something like “I a bit lightheaded; maybe you should

Thus begins Hunter defining masterwork, Fear and in Las Vegas; A Savage Journey to the of the American Dream . and I tend to myself thinking of that whenever I’m riding through but this time through especially relevant. It’s exactly 40 years since the saga first saw print, in the November and December 1971 of Rolling Stone under the pen of Raoul Duke.

It starts that mad-assed dash L.A. to Las Vegas along the route I’m now riding, and the vehicle was driving was some Detroit he referred to as The Great Red Shark. As would have it, I’m aboard an Red Sunglo 2012 Road Ultra which, with its shark-nose fairing, has no trouble that very apt nickname.

one other similarity operating Thompson was heading to Vegas to a motorcycle event for a magazine and so am I assignment was the Mint 400 desert mine is Las Vegas BikeFest). And the similarities come to a screeching

Whereas he had a trunk stuffed a veritable smorgasbord of mind-altering, mondo-partying substances, I’m packing multi-vitamins and the niacin that My Nurse insists I ingest to my enviable cholesterol levels I hate my life.

I’m not particularly in the heart of the American dream, I have a much higher I think, namely to discover, the course of 1,500 miles, manner of serious road is this latest iteration of the Glide, and whether it will my stubborn bias against the

To understand that bias you to understand that in the world of Harley touring machines, are two distinct camps, the Bats and the and that I’ve been an Bat. The Bats are fanciers of the and function of the venerable batwing first offered as an option on the Electra Glide, and the Sharks are all the frame-mount twin-headlight unit traces its roots to the 1980 Glide. (It’s worth historically, that those two bookend the AMF era of Harley-Davidson.)

The Road supplanted the Tour Glide, appearing in 1998 with a different personality. No longer a dresser with a frankly fairing, it was now a high-style projectile of a stripped of chrome rail stripped of its trunk and fairing and given a slim street-oriented The fairing was completely redesigned and a vastly more aggressive and profile—and a new moniker, the shark

The Shark clan was born year, riders who were by the model’s sleek appearance, svelte curb weight, and by the handling properties of the frame-mount vis-à-vis the handlebar-mount batwing. would tend to be smug it, even while grudgingly the pronounced buffeting of the Shark caused by unchecked wind and other errant wind coming from the distant

The schism that remains to day likewise arose, with the pronouncing the Road Glide an affront to the Harley touring and the Sharks pronouncing the batwing an anachronism. It’s an aesthetic really, and a paradoxical one at that: think Sharks are blind, and think Bats are hidebound.

The were crushed when model abruptly disappeared in leaving only the slammed and Custom to carry the shark mystique forward. They vocal to the point of apoplexy on the seeing the move as the end of a grand era in tourer design, but we know now the failure to appear owed, not to a decision to lose the model, but to the fact that its successor, the Glide Ultra, wasn’t baked yet. With the of the Ultra last year, the dresser role returned to the with the addition of a Tour fairing lowers, and plush and passenger accommodations.

The Ultra comes loaded touring amenities. Electronic control and antilock brakes are as is a Smart Security System. An four-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio pumps out the tunes, though suffers somewhat from the between the front speakers and the and the reach to the audio unit is a for even the long-armed among us.

all about the nose

My bias the previous Road Glides somewhat to my Harley traditionalist and resulting fondness for the cut of the batwing, but to the protective properties—or, rather, the thereof—of the shark nose. a tall rider, I experienced the buffeting wind currents by the fairing more than but even shorter riders about it—so much so, in that fortunes were in the aftermarket selling replacement sculpted to diminish the phenomenon.

Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra

In the Ultra, the Milwaukee engineers mindful of the moans and took decisive steps to address it. The of fairing lowers is the most and it helps the cause appreciably, but that they made a change in the windscreen angle and and also incorporated a pair of baffle panels that close the gap between the fairing and lowers.

That may not sound like a lot of adjustments, but taken together the in keeping the cockpit out of the blast is Compared to the previous Road the Ultra is positively serene, and I most of my miles on the bike just a half-shell helmet face shield and gleefully my head in sightseer mode—a that the previous Road didn’t permit without the risk of losing your or your hearing.

Now that the is no longer the deal-breaker it was in the past, I’m to fully appreciate the attributes of the nose in other areas, with the small spring-lidded cubbies located handily for access, and which when with the lower snap-closed on the fairing lowers makes for a of small item storage I also appreciate the instrument of the inner fairing.

The gauges are at an distance and angle, and the whole gives the cockpit an appealingly appearance. The height of the windscreen is your line of sight, the Electra Glide’s batwing needs to be replaced to get that visibility.

And there’s simply no denying the Sharks have been about, i.e. the handling of the machine. With the aerodynamics of the nose and the fact that the is borne by the frame instead of the end optimizes both the admirable characteristics of the Touring chassis and the punch of the Twin Cam 103 engine.

The downsides remaining with the nose are only noticeable in speed maneuvering where the position and mass of the fairing some finessing, and in the rain. having the fairing that far out means you can’t hunker behind it, like you can with a and when I hit a frontal system and three hours in a steady I took a good vision-impairing The wind that does to invade the cockpit of the Ultra to come from all directions at frustrating efforts to escape the spray of droplets.

Those are quibbles. The upshot here is I’ve been mightily with the touring performance of machine. I’ve been and find myself suddenly, a (shudder) Shark. To be perfectly the batwing still takes the in overall wind and rain as well as audio fidelity and of operating the sound system.

But since I rarely make use of a system while riding, and the provided by the revised shark is more than adequate in circumstances, those advantages are The final determination comes to the superior handling and acceleration of the Glide Ultra and, the bike’s incredible fuel

Over the 1,500 miles of varying conditions, The Great Red delivered a somewhat astounding mpg. Just prior to this bike, I’d put a similar miles on a 2012 Electra Ultra Classic and got an overall mpg—fully 10 percent lower.

The Road Glide Ultra is in Vivid Black for $22,499, and in Big Pearl or the Red Ember Sunglo here for $23,074.


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