Harley Davidson FXE 1200 Super Glide

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Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Super Glide
Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Super Glide

There is nothing quite gunning down the highway at 70 mph on a big vee-twin. Perhaps it is the overwhelming of the vast engine churing at a lazy 3,250 rpm or perhaps it is the built-like-a-truck feel that is so Either way, there is instantly attractive about a cycle that almost alive.

It rumbles, it cranks, it and it vibrates — but what cycle retaining any connection the grass roots of two-wheel didn’t? Or so the Harley buffs goes. Therein lies the why there is nothing quite a Harley — other have seen fit to bring appeal to their bikes by design and refinement.

Meanwhile remain staunchly in the traditionalist’s with their 20-year-old in the biggest of their vee-twins, the

All the same, riding a Harley-Davidson is a experience. For a start, you do not so much the bike but sit in it, the saddle being at axle height and the controls about 3 ft above it. And no sooner you sunk into that saddle than you start and snarling at your fellow users.

The Harley is that and the other guys had better it.

Fantasies, however, last so long, and all the imagery in the world cover up the fact that the is rough and, in the case of the over-priced when looked at

The twelve-hundred engine is the bigger of the two 45 degree vee-twins and famous for the romantic FLH1200 Electra-Glide The Super Glide is the cut-and-shut a lighter (if 585 lb with a gallon of can be called light), leaner and esoteric machine with its droop ‘bars, 2J-gallon banana seat and abbreviated

There is one concession to civility, by the E suffix in the FXE-1200 model and that is the electric starter, a if you prefer riding to sweating up a by the side of the road. But even the motor is in character. Switching on the ignition lock hidden the cylinders and applying just a amount of choke, the mechanism into action and the motor into life with a exhaust note which, to the latest style exhaust is muted very effectively.

The of the machine is still pure however. The result is that the system severely reduces the as well.

Harley-Davidson claim a maximum output of around 65 bhp at a leisurely rpm, but the actual power far short of this iri test and the we could extract out of the bike at was a two-way mean speed of 108 and a best run of almost 114 mph. acceleration, too, is hardly in the class with a standing time of 15-3 seconds. Not this matters too much on the For the redeeming feature of the FXE is torque mountains of it.

Right from the the modestly tuned 1,207 cc makes it obvious that it not need to be rushed to provide the With the peculiar Bendix (now replaced by a Japanese equivalent), which acts like an on-off switch at openings, the reaction to a tweak of the from low revs is instantaneous and

As a rule, 2,500 rpm was more enough to maintain a clear ahead through the four-speed and even for modest cruising, as revs corresponded to over 50 mph in top

This was just as well, vibrations start in earnest at rpm, buzzing the instruments and only marginally smoothing out the rev limit at 6,000 rpm. The cruising speed was at 3,500 where the chugging motor had in hand for instant overtaking.

the laid-back feel of the bike, its cannot be overlooked. In addition to the carburation and painful vibration, the is poor, with only a damper on the crankshaft to take up the and the suspension is hard. You ride the in a series of bangs and clanks. The gearbox has a linkage-operated one-down, lever, and while much than the box on the Sportster XL-1000 it shows its age.

Neutral is to find, but the unit is clonky, gears dropping into with the caress of a pile-driver.

In the dry clutch in a massive alloy is perfect. Light in action, the is so smooth that slipping it at low to cover up the snatching transmission is

By reputation, Harley handling is foul, but we found the steering good on the FXE. The low engine and position makes the bike easy to flick through although the lack of ground even with the rear units jacked up to the highest leads to a grinding side and footrests in corners.

Longer than the Sportster, the position takes some used to, but with the deeply-padded is comfortable, the only real being the way the hands tend to off the downward-angled and smooth grips.

Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Super Glide

The suspension, weak frame and tyres lead to the main faults on the FXE-1200. Both and rear spring travel is and the lack of rigidity in the frame can the bike to get out of shape easily. corners mean plenty of for the rider.

In the wet the Goodyear tyres forcefully that they never intended for greasy Pulling away from in the rain is a balancing act between of the big 510 x 16-in rear tyre and opening.

Although disc are used at the front and rear, continue the theme of crudity. brakes are powerful enough to the wheels, but the calipers rattle the rear unit tending to as well. The controls do not help.

Like the clutch, the reach on the hand lever is excessive and the needs to lift his foot off the to reach the rear brake.

Fed by a alternator mounted behind the drive on the crankshaft, the electrical is modern enough but suffered silly faults. The size of the (5Ј in), belies the power of the unit which throws a spot main and wide beam. But the battery capacity is too low and of night use meant that the failed to spin over on the next morning.

Also, ignition wires which out demonstrated the use of the thermal contact which reconnect the supply the fault is corrected.

The indicators are by press buttons on either a very unsatisfactory method you have to manipulate the other at the same time. On the good the stentorian horn is fabulous. You not hear it but feel it too, so powerful.

Only a prop is fitted, but it does have a mechanism to prevent the machine away on a slope.

In general the FXE-1200 Harley does not up as well as the Sportster. Fuel never varied much the 40 mpg and, indicating a poor of the carburettor, the steady speed consumption readings hardly between 30 mph to 70 mph.

Oil leaks from the chaincase and the tubes contributed mainly to the oil consumption of 700 miles to the pint. In the oil tank is replenished from the dipstick hole on the side as the needs to be unscrewed for access to the cap, and no tools are supplied.

does not sound very but the reasons why someone should over Ј2,000 on such a are varied anyway. Perhaps the moment when you charge out of a 50 mph change into top at 2,500 and chug off into the horizon in a is one of them!

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