Test 2011 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra Baggers

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Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra

Test | 2011 Harley Road Glide Ultra

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The world of Touring motorcycles that on the rubber-mounted FL chassis consists of the Batwing faired Electra (EG) with its single the stripped down unfaired King, and the Sharknose fairing on the Glide (RG). Since the new frame design in ’09, H-D has refined other aspects of the such as last year’s Glide Custom and the availability of a 103 cubic inch motor on the Glide Ultra Limited. For H-D focused attention on the Road

The Basics

At first glance the difference between an EG and an RG is the headlight in the fairing. The EG has a single unit the RG has two. Although the RG fairing was on the 1979 Tour Glide (10 after the Batwing), its modern, look is often more (and derided by many H-D of a foreign-made motorcycle.

Other aesthetics the major difference the two Touring fairings is how they to the motorcycle; the Batwing is mounted to the forks and turns with the whereas the Sharknose fairing is mounted to the frame and remains regardless of handlebar movement. The fairing necessitated dual as the lights are always pointed ahead which is not the case on an EG.

The goal behind the fixed design is stability. Some feel the extra weight of a mounted fairing affects and handling, especially in a strong Much of the turbulence from the or wind can be transmitted directly to the while the frame mounted transfers unwanted energy to the frame.

Additionally, some the fork mounted fairing to maneuver at slow speeds the rider needs to turn the as well as the frontend components.

This newest RG carries the moniker that adds usually reserved for the top of the line Amenities included with designated RG include lower attached to the engine guard, trunk with audio, CB cruise control, intercom, and air deflectors.

Perhaps the biggest going for the FLTRU (the U is for is the addition of the PowerPak setup. The is the triple goody bag of 103ci motor, ABS brake system, and the fob Smart Security System. is no option to get the RG Ultra without the

The PowerPak is a standard feature on the Road King Classic, Glide Ultra Limited as and will be available as a factory-installed on the ’11 Street Glide and Glide Custom models. a great value direct the factory as equipping other models with these options would set you back or $1,195 for just the security plus ABS.

If later on if you to add these options and factor in charges the value becomes magnified.

Cockpit and Seating

and comfortable are the first two adjectives come to mind when throwing a leg over this Since the bars and fork to swing within the fairing the gauges, and radio are further from the rider than on an EG. The clear Lexan windshield 16 inches tall putting the top of the right in my line of sight.

An either way would remedy and is completely dependent on individual and posture (see page 14 for my Reach to the stainless steel feels longer than on any of the EGs and well suited to taller although, my 5-foot, 9-inch didn’t feel strained by the I had always thought the RG fairing was but it’s almost 2 inches narrow than an EG fairing.

Within the inner fairing the speedometer with multiple functions, tachometer, and gauges for oil pressure, ambient temperature, and voltage, along with the head unit and speakers. there’s even an old school, cigarette lighter-smoke ’em if ya got I’m sure there are reasons, like charging a phone, which the outlet be used for.

Being a bike comfort is important and the new seat fits the bill a shape that improves to the ground. With me sitting over 27 inches off the ground it was to sit flat-footed while stopped. An feature is increased lower support that cradles you in the

Passenger accommodations are roomy and the provides a built in backrest wrap-around armrests. Additionally, the has roomy floorboards to rest feet.

Audio and Electronics

control is a nice feature to during the long haul. nicely integrated, intuitive under the right handgrip possible to engage/disengage the cruise, and your speed without your eyes ff the road. The is amongst the best in the motorcycle and works flawlessly combined the Electronic Throttle Control in H-D

Otherwise known as fly- or there are no throttle cables to the air and gas into the motor. A sophisticated controls all aspects of gas mixing via a in the throttle body through the of electrical wires as you twist the

Under both grips are the controls for the harman/kardon Advanced system with AM/FM, CD, intercom and CB capabilities. 80 total of power are distributed to four two within the fairing and another mounted to the sides of the Tour-Pak. control of bass/treble, fade, and speed-specific volume control is to adjust.

While I personally don’t for the passenger audio controls to the Tour-Pak they are there The last thing I want out on the road is the ability for my passenger to the station, song, or volume. that said here’s a rant-anecdote for a happy touring Communicate, don’t dictate.

at highway speeds with the audio is easily heard and darn good. Harman/kardon is for its high-quality audio components and the and true h/k H-D system did not disappoint. the auxiliary input on the front of the it’s easy to plug in any mp3

Road surface and bumps had no on playing CD’s.

One of the biggest points of a bagger is how much can you pack on/into it; especially if a Donna or Donald riding in the To start off with, the, RG has hard, locking saddlebags, a King Tour-Pak, as well as in the adjustable-vented lowers and two convenient on either side of the fairing. In case Ultra definitely for capacity.

Best of all it is usable Other brands lay claim to have more storage but on H-D Touring rigs it’s that can easily and safely gear. Sure, most still need two hands to (and especially close) the saddlebags, but they keep gear dry, safe, and while on the road or commuting.

On the front, the Tour-Pak features tail/brake lights.

Motor and

Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra

At the heart of the new RG Ultra is the 103ci big Twin Cam motor that’s than capable of fast as well as uphill passing. The powdercoated engine with accents has plenty of real-world thanks in part to its gearing. all Big-Twins, motor power is to the rear wheel via the Six-speed Drive transmission operated by a mechanically actuated clutch.

A downtube-mounted oil cooler additionally keep the air-cooled motor

Electronic fuel injection the motor to life as expelled exit via a Siamese, chrome exhaust culminating in tapered hugging each side of the swingarm. For a stock bike the sounds decent and throaty.

Suspension, Brakes

Felt is kept to a minimum through the attachment of the motor to the frame. A motor mount system the transmission) reduces rider during the long haul. The frame is suspended with air-adjustable shocks in the back and a non-adjustable fork with damping.

Suspension feel is yet a bit soft for spirited riding; the end is particularly undersprung, diving heavy braking and damping is This isn’t necessarily a on the handling as the bike is a luxury not a sport-designed machine. The RG Ultra in at a claimed 888 pounds yet rides a much lighter bike.

Out the rear shocks do an adequate job of up the bumps while still the road-feel back to the rider. from 0 to 50 psi via a hand air pump the can be adjusted for load and riding I always pump mine up to the as I feel there’s usually too weight towards the rear, when packed with and riding two-up.

Braking is thanks to the triple disc and four-piston Brembo calipers. through the brake lever is and linear allowing good of the front brakes. When the dictates and maximum stopping is the ABS system kicks in and hauls the down fast. This is especially nice when in the rain.

Having ABS gives riders a to focus on getting out of a hairy and not have to worry about either tire from a When the passive ABS activates is a gentle pulsation transmitted the brake lever(s). In addition, is no linked braking so, for example, if the brake is stomped and the ABS comes on the brakes are unaffected.

On the Road

gave the people what wanted in this ride and the goods for the touring enthusiast. the RG Ultra is a luxurious endeavor and you to want to get out on the open road. reiterate plush and comfortable and in utilitarian at the same time.

your idea of a great is a Sunday putt around the grid of the city, or taking a this motorcycle can do it all. six gallons of onboard fuel easy to cover more 200 miles between stops.

been saying it since the of the ’09 Touring bikes, but modern FL machines are a night and day compared to the previous H-D offerings. stability and confidence along extra carrying capacity for a more enjoyable and safe You get a lot of bike for the money with fit and finish, brakes, audio, and the engine.

While the 96ci Cam is a worthy motor with of low-end torque, the 103 engine perfect cradled within the RG. be misled by power ratings you may see on the all about torque and more where the power is in the rpm band. is what snaps you back in the when you crack the throttle and easily obtained right off with the PowerPak option. I if ever, found myself for a pass even in the tall gear.

Other than the signature gear clunk the transmission is and quiet with neutral easy to locate whether from First or Second

Ground clearance and lean is more than adequate for riders. I rode this hard and even when on the floorboards the bike maintained and predictability. The Dunlop Multi-Tread gripped the road well the conditions were cold rainy.

Speaking of rain, the fairings did a good job protecting my Although the lowers do provide wind protection when the are closed they also in some of the engine heat. is great during the winter but with the vents fully there is still more heat than without the

Be on the lookout at your dealership for the RG I have a feeling there going to be many of them out there for long. It’s a great idea to hit up the H-D demo around the country and find out for which new model of Touring is just right for you.


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