The Joy of the Harley Davidson Electra Glide

The concept of the Harley Davidson Electra Glide biker has been the inspiration to numerous Hollywood movies, endless classic rock songs, and even world famous and critically acclaimed novels. However, this lifestyle is far from fictitious.

Many bikers live every day for the sole purpose of their bare knuckles and to enjoy the sensation of being exposed to the elements while traveling to an unknown destination. Harley Davidson holds these bikers separate from all the rest. They have taken love and respect for the motorcycle and have developed a lifelong passion for riding. It is because of this undeniable commitment and free-spirited living that Harley Davidson designed, created, and produced the Electra Glide.

First introduced in 1965, Harley Davidson Electra Glide offers just about everything a serious and passionate biker needs and if there are any additional requests it’s designed is easily customized with limitless upgrades and additional accessories. To say that the Electra Glide became an instant classic is an understatement.

Traveling on a Harley Davidson Electra Glide is made even more convenient and comfortable due to the additional classic touring handlebars, injection-molded GTX saddlebags and trunk, full-length adjustable passenger footboards, and a traditional one-piece two-up leather seat. Of course, they have lots of additional bells & whistles to make touring the most enjoyable experience possible – GPS navigation, AM/FM/Sirius Satellite Radio, rider/passenger intercom, and optional CB radio communications.

The Electra Glides are big, bold & beautiful. They all have the Milwaukee-Eight® engine, so power for 2-up riding, passing and hill-country riding is no problem. Stopping is no issue either. This bike comes stock with Brembo® anti-lock brakes front & rear. For a bike of this size – Harley advertises 877 pounds in factory trim – it handles well. The “Batwing” faring up front breaks the wind just enough to take the pressure off the rider without giving up what touring bike enthusiasts enjoy most – the feeling of cruising in the open air.

Due to their size and lighting scheme, Electra Glides are easily spotted by motorists who might otherwise ignore a motorcycle on the road. A headlamp + two driving lights up front and wrap-around tail/brake light on the trunk in addition to the fender-mounted tail/brake light in the rear make this ride hard to miss. Speaking of the trunk – Harley calls it a “TourPak” – it gives the Electra Glide the largest storage volume of all touring bikes – even larger than Honda’s Goldwing.

For those who like to tour solo, Harley has just introduced the Electra Glide Standard – a single-seat, slightly stripped-down version of the touring classic:

As you can see, there is no TourPak or Infotainment system. The Infotainment area has been converted to a glove box. It still has electronic cruise control (included) and ABS brakes as an option – some amenities MUST be maintained – it IS an Electra Glide, after all. Consider it the sports car of the Electra Glide line and as Henry Ford famously said about his Model T – “It comes in any color you want, as long as it’s black”. Pssst – fully loaded its also $6990 cheaper than the Electra Glide Ultra Classic.

Hop on, crank it up & happy touring.

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