2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide from United States of America

Summary:

Wish it was my first bike!

General Comments:

I've been riding for over 20 years... though on and off. Past rides were Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha... six bikes ranging from 250cc to 1100cc. None can compare to this masterpiece.

I love the torque from this 96 cubic inch, and the option for the 6th gear... but haven't had to use since still breaking in.

Bought the Ultra Classic in white gold pearl... amazing presentation with this color. The stock pipes are quieter, but I do like to hear the great sound system so it's a nice trade off. The fairing and leg fairings do an excellent job for those chilly mornings, and keep the wind from beating you up.

This is obviously the largest bike I have owned to date, but becomes weightless when rolling. The wife at a mere 4'11" and 105 lbs just sits back like she's on a cloud... quite content in her own cabin chair! She has yet to use the rear radio controls... I'll keep it that way... ha!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2007

2nd Oct 2011, 09:07

I have a 2007 Ultra Classic, and I'm having bad bearing growl. Seems to be from the front belt pulley area. Have a bad feeling it's a bearing inside the tranny. Anyone out there ever had this issue? It has 25 thousand miles. Ray.

2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide from United States of America

Summary:

Best yet... two thumbs up

Faults:

No really problems I would think of as such. Lots of folk complaints that I think are misunderstandings...

Heat of course... it's air cooled, what would you expect? Go faster. Seriously though, Harley has tweaked with their mapping and I'm hearing much less about it now. Coupled with good synthetic oil like Amsoil or Mobile One, and it's a non-issue.

The 6 speed transmission was also a complaint for 5 gear rattling. This is not really a problem per se, but a symptom of the design. Straight cut gears are stronger... which they went with, because they cut the gears to be lighter. The down side is gear slap, which causes this turbine like sounding flutter. Good synthetic gear oil like Mobile1 or Amsoil quiets it down to be virtually unnoticeable.

Also this engine is adverse to dogging. You have to keep your rpms up.

Only real complaint is the chintzy head set that comes with the bike. You cling onto the side of your helmet and plug into the stereo/cb/intercom. Go with J&M... very big improvement.

General Comments:

Great smooth ride, that makes ones soul boil with the rumble.

The 6 speed transmission was due... makes getting speeding tickets much easier for those having issues with that.

This bike has some serious legs, it just doesn't ever want to stop. With 96 cubic inches it has much improved giddy up for passing, merging, and making it over the mountain passes.

I just don't have anything to say bad about this machine, except for that it really makes you hate bad weather. Wish I could have one in each color.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2007

6th Jul 2008, 15:57

I agree with the post EXCEPT for the heat issue. I own a 2008 Ultra, I received first degree burns on my thighs while in traffic trying to get past an accident. With this new engine Harley is just sitting on their hands until they start to get sued, or the govt. orders a recall.

I would tell anyone to buy this bike, but to warn them about the heat issue. You Will Get Burned!!!

22nd Jul 2008, 14:41

I got burned badly on this bike also.

7th Aug 2008, 03:59

I noticed some heat issues for the first 7000 miles, which I put down to the motor being tight. After my last service (just the standard one), she was running noticeably cooler. I have been running Syn3 since 1000 miles. I think that the way you break the bike in makes all the difference in the world (this is bike #6 for my family and I).

The only issue I have is a SLIGHT valve noise, which was taken care of with an adjustment. Love the bike!!!

19th Mar 2011, 06:31

I have noticed the valve rattle, when my '07 Ultra gets hot.

I also know the only cure for this is to replace the push-rods with adjustable ones. It does heat-up severely when sitting in traffic.

I have burned my leg through denim and sock, on the derby cover, now that is HOTTT. I was moving uphill as an accident was being cleared several miles ahead.

The rattle that really bothers me is the shifter linkage. Nothing can be done though.