... and watch the world glide by. Sometimes getting somewhere slowly is more important than going nowhere fast. Harley-Davidson has the answer.
FACED WITH A 2000-mile round trip to deepest southern France I wasn't relishing another hideous bucket flight out of the seething human zoo that is Stansted airport.
I needed an alternative, but with the missus coming along and wanting to carry more than a pair of shreddies and a credit card, riding down wasn't looking likely. But perhaps there was a way out...
What I needed was a bike of such epically overblown proportions it could laugh in the face of our luggage mountain, chortle when faced with an 800-mile day, and which could serenade us with a variety of banging tunes to while away the long hours in the saddle. I needed an Electra Glide.Sure a Goldwing may be faster and a BMW K1200LT may handle better, but for a chilled out mega-mileage tour at the very height of summer, the Harley's a hard act to beat.
That's not to say it doesn't have downsides. It's a handful at low speed and the brakes are weak - it'll stop, but be prepared to work at it. Handling is 'interesting'; anything below 85mph is fine, but beyond this the Milwaukee behemoth is subject to a whole host of new forces as 372 kilos of American iron is pushed towards boundaries it was never meant to cross.
But this is simply part of the Harley's make up, and if they're a problem for you then you're looking at the wrong bike.
Sinking into the Glide's deep, sumptuous seat was like meeting an old friend. It may have been updated since I last rode one three years ago but at a glance only the paint has changed. There's the same simple dash layout and the same vastly comfortable riding slouch to slide into.
And then there's the stereo. Oh Lordy is it good now. Crisp and clear up to 85mph, with an auto volume control which adjusts with speed meaning no more arriving at traffic lights and deafening anyone within 100 metres. What's more the CD refuses to skip, even on the worst French backroads.
As for the pillion seat, well, the missus loved it. With loads of luggage space for her gear plus that stereo to provide us with our own soundtrack she was as smitten as I was. On our return journey - an 800-mile cruise control-assisted one-hit wonder - she happily spent the whole day up there. And much of that fast asleep.
As an everyday ride a Glide makes about as much sense as a unicycle, but as the coolest cat on the long cruise snooze it is quite simply the guv'nor.
SPECS TYPE - TOURERPRODUCTION DATE - 2007PRICE NEW - £16,745ENGINE CAPACITY - 1584ccPOWER - N/ATORQUE - 91lb.ft@3400rpm WEIGHT - 372kg SEAT HEIGHT - 693mm FUEL CAPACITY - 18.9L TOP SPEED - N/A0-60 - n/aTANK RANGE - N/A
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Hardly an advertisment for safety. In the age where we are trying to educate people about wearing the correct gear to ride abike and you numpties go out in jeans and a fuckin t-shirt. Well done TWO!!!
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 10:06
Dutch, stop fucking about and vote for me on here
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 10:09
Agree with Dutch.
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 10:10
Might be Wozza, looking at the lid, could be wrong.
Leccy Glides are great.
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 10:45
Oh get a grip, who says that the press have a duty to educate about road safety? I'll wear what I want when I want and I'll defend anyone's right to do so.
If you're so worried about safety, get a car.
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 13:49
Well, we've had this discussion before and each to therir own. I support everyone's right to wear what they like - but it doesn't mean I agree with their choice.
Now, where on eBay are those race suits? Where are they made again?
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 14:10
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 14:31
I'll be popping down to the newsagents in 15 minutes and I'll be wearing jeans and a t-shirt - with a summer bike jacket and gloves. That's my choice.
We all have the freedom to exercise choice - and opinions.
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 15:14
Admit it Ben, you just want to agree with me cos you love me. Creep.
Posted: 23/05/2008 at 21:47
Posted: 24/05/2008 at 12:29
Posted: 25/05/2008 at 16:47
you mean is the parts stream available proportional to the parts stream the harley leaves behind on the highway?
Posted: 25/05/2008 at 16:52
FM wrote (see)
Interesting feedback on the "HardleyAble-HardToGuide". Is the parts stream in Europe good enough to support the bike?
Having had a couple of Harleys, the parts support is better than the Japanese in my experience.Not up there with BMW though.
Posted: 25/05/2008 at 18:26
Posted: 26/05/2008 at 21:41
Alright I cant resist!
What do you call a truck load of Harleys?
A Group ride!
What does a Harley and a Dog have in common?
They both LOVE to ride in the back of a truck!
Actually I should'nt pick on Harleys too much ... I heard that 85% of all Harleys ever made are still on the road.
The other 15% actually made it home!
Thanks very much! I'm here all week .. Try the veal it's great!
Posted: 27/05/2008 at 01:54
Nidge wrote (see)
Posted: 28/05/2008 at 10:29
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