Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide Review from Canada

2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZG1200 Voyager XII

Summary:

Lay back back and enjoy the ride

Faults:

The rear arm of the heel-and-toe shifter worked itself loose at 1200km, and the mechanism that transmits movement from the shifter to the gearbox did the same shortly after the 16000km service. Annoying, but easily fixed.

General Comments:

I absolutely love this bike. I have been riding since the late 70's and have owned both Japanese (Honda, Yamaha & Kawasaki) and European bikes (BMW & Triumph).

I was part of the Harley haters, but was nonetheless willing to road test one when looking for a new touring bike: it was a revelation.

By coincidence I road tested a Gold Wing on the same day as the 'Glide. The Honda is perfect in any engineering analysis, but to me it was about as exciting as driving an Accord. The Harley, on the other hand, has a much more elemental mechanical quality to it. It feels like a motorcycle where the Honda feels like an appliance.

This is the first bike in a long time that always encourages me to seek out the longest route between A and B. My wife enjoys the excellent passenger accommodations. The adjustable passenger floorboards are nice, the sound system with built-in intercom is very good and the luggage is great. This is a top-notch ride!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2008

24th Mar 2009, 01:19

When that motor comes to life, it is like a living entity. The FLs have so much character and charm. A perfect sight seeing bike (so comfy and smooth). They are also just plain beautiful to look at when not riding.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review