Niall's Spin: Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide (2002-03)

The Daddy of the Mackenzie clan gives his take on the Daddy of the Harley family, the Ultra Classic

Niall's Spin: Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide (2002-03)
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Unlike the 'Sportsters' which aren't sporty, the Ultra Classic IS an ultra classic.

It's stared in movies (eg Electra Glide in Blue) and has been relatively unchanged in almost two decades - yet it still appeals and still works well in its role as a full dress tourer with a personality and poseability.

It's got the Route 66 cred mated with a near Pan European level of comfort and luggage carrying ability. Performance and handling is in a different league to the rapid Pan but the Ultra Classic's got enough pace to keep up on the motorway and blast sports cars away from the lights. Handling's smooth and stable if limited by ground clearance.

Key ID: pre 2002 bikes lacked the alarm as standard and had a different swing arm
Don't fear: older bikes - as long as they've been well maintained
Also consider: 2001 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing, 2005 BMW R1200CL

Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide Specifications

Engine 1450cc, air cooled v-twin
Top speed
80.8 ft/lbs @ 3,300rpm
Compression ratio
Bore x stroke
95.3 x 101.6mm
Front brakes
2x 292mm discs
Rear brake
Single 292mm disc
Dry weight
Seat height
Fuel capacity
19 litres

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