1998 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide
It has been a good touring bike
Tour Pack (trunk) latches seem to last about 5000 miles.
Even though the engine is "rubber isolation mounted".. it's still a Harley and every now and again I find fasteners loose.
I had a rear rocker box oil leak at 23000 miles.
Head temp sensor went out at about 30K.
I've put close to 40000 miles on this motorcycle and all in all it's been a pretty good bike.
It's my second Harley and I ride within my and the bike's limits. It's big and, relative to other bikes, slow. If you want a bike that will do 100 miles an hour all day long, buy a BMW K1200LT or a Gold Wing. Harleys just won't tolerate that kind of riding without spending a lot of time in the shop. I like to cruise at 75 mph on the interstate, the bike seems perfectly suited for that.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2004
19th Sep 2007, 19:16
Hi, Robert here. My 97 Shriner has just turned 14k. Just as sweet as the day I rode her out of the show room, and every bit the head turner now as she was back then.
She snaps to it with a rider on the back and can hold a comfortable 70/75 mph as long as I want to ride. Her mufflers are Thunder Heads, and this 80 know how to talk. Once and only once she tasted 87 octane and it left a bad taste that she let me know about real quick.
She rides real nice on Dunlops and one of the finest waxes is Johnson's spray wax, orange scent. Top to bottom the finest ride a man could ask for.
Lower than a wing, heavier too, but she'll still be cruising the thruway and highways long after her Japanese rides come back as beer cans.
You'll know her when you see her, her rider has a permanent grin from ear to ear cruising and listening to CCR on all four speakers while the quiet thunder rolls... RC Rivenburgh.
27th May 2011, 08:52
About the beer can thing, you should do some research on a Goldwing. The engines both 1500 and 1800 are good for 300-500,000 miles before a rebuild! They are also faster and can cruise over 100 mph all day long! I have Harleys and love them - just know what you are talking about before knocking any bike.
18th Jul 2014, 02:58
You hit the nail on the head! I've owned 5 of both, and I like both of them, but you cannot compare apples with oranges. I now own a Low Rider and a Classic, along with a 1800 Wing. If I'm in a hurry I take the Wing; if not I'll ride one of the Harleys.
13th Mar 2015, 15:37
Dude, the Electra Glide will outlast a Gold Wing? 300,000 miles would be the test.
27th Nov 2015, 21:35
I own both a 2002 Honda GoldWing GL1800 and a 1998 Harley Electra Glide Ultra Classic. I absolutely love both bikes, but they are two totally different machines.
The Honda has just over 100,000 trouble free miles on it and still runs like a brand new bike. I expect to get another 100,000 plus miles out of it.
The Harley has just over 33,000 trouble free miles on it. I do expect to get a lot more trouble free mileage out of this bike also, but I do not expect to get anywhere near the mileage that I have on the Honda before repairs might be needed.
They are both excellent touring bikes and both have their advantages and disadvantages. I say ride what you want and enjoy it. As many riders have said... a Honda has a heart, but a Harley has a soul.