As a teenager I
had 2 Electra Glide posters on my bedroom wall. Always liked the
look of them, but they cost a fortune! Thirty years later and I
started to feel very mortal. If I didn't get one soon, would I ever
In October 2008 I arranged the
funding and ordered a 2009 model blue Electra Glide standard. I also
arranged to have the King Tour Pak and the additional dials as
standard on the Ultra Classic. No bike was available in the UK so I
had to wait for one to come off the production line and then arrive
The bike was manufactured on
27/10/2008, registered on 12/12/2008 and delivered the next day.
December 2011- Living with the
I've now had the bike for 3 years and covered 13500 miles, so these are my
thoughts on it:
with myself & Karen on board it weighs half a ton!
class, it's the most iconic motorcycle in the world
2167 miles on our holiday to Spain in 2009. It's a good tourer and can
carry a lot of luggage
is very agricultural. There's a huge clunk as you change gear.
Fifth gear makes a whining sound.
instrumentation in the batwing fairing looks like something from a '70s Cortina
turns are challenging, fast sweeping bends are no trouble (as
long as you remember it's a big cruiser, not a roadster)
Sixth gear is
good for cruising with the engine sweet spot at 3000 RPM.
Don't expect any sort of rapid acceleration unless you want to
shift down into fifth
exhaust sounds good
scheme looks first class
of finish on the metal is poor, the chroming is so thin! Some
alloy parts are untreated. You need to wash and dry the bike
every time you take it out
When 9 months
old I had to have 5 relays replaced due to corrosion. At 18
months the front mudguard was replaced due to paint bubbles. At
3 years old it failed it's first MOT due to a collapsing rear
wheel bearing (only 13500 miles).
Personally I love the Electra Glide, but I wouldn't want it as my
only bike. Riding one is an experience; they're not easy to ride but
the ride is very rewarding. The build quality is very poor for the
money they cost, but HD have you by the b*lls. If you want the
genuine article then you have to accept the warts and all. The
Japanese try and copy, but there's nothing like riding a big