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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Harley cowboy meets Goldwing creature comforts. The Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide is an evocative all-American steed that can carry two plus luggage on a chugging adventure-cruise. Cynics would say the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide works better on dry, straight, 55mph limit American roads than the drizzly UK where everyone belts up the motorway at 90+.


Watch Harley-Davidson's Electra Glide take on the Victory Vision, the Honda Goldwing and BMW's K1200LT



MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Over a hundred years of heritage and more character than Wild Bill Hickok. The Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide's engine is lumpy but loveable, as is the gearbox. Loads of torque – but it needs it to shift all that weight. Not much power in reserve when you get up to motorway speeds – desperate reps in turbo diesels will muscle past the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide in the fast lane.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

This big ‘ol girl’s built for comfort not speed. Take it easy on the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide and it’s a great place to chug along, taking in the view. Try to up the wick more than a little and things get decidedly bouncy. It’s pretty easy to touch parts down if you whiz through roundabouts on the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide. But what’s the point in rushing when your motorcycle looks this good? Slow down and soak up the admiration.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Next to a CBR600 the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide’s got it all – huge fairing, comfy seat, stacks of luggage, optional stereo that’s so good you can use it most of the time. But the uber-tourer class is dominated by the better equipped Goldwing. Fortunately there’s a host of extras for the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide, official and unofficial, to get your Glide just right for you.

Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide (1988-current)

Detail Value
New price £18,395
Used price range View Harley Davidson ELECTRA GLIDE bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1449 cc
Power 65 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Harleys have come a long way in the last decade and the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide is no exception. Faults are pretty rare and they’re solidly put together machines. Corrosion can bite, like on any machine, but with so much metal and posing at a premium it hurts more on an Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The logical man would buy the cheaper and higher-tech BMW K1200LT or superior Honda GL1800 Goldwing. But as well as the huge advantage the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide has on charm it also benefits from minimal depreciation which is a real bonus. Insurance is cheap considering the price but expensive given the Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide's performance. Find a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide for sale.


Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

1988: Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic launched.
1993: Cruise control and CB radio added. Anniversary model Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide available too.
1995: Quick release panniers and gearbox mods.
1996: New clocks, master cylinders and switchgear.
1997: Lower seat, bigger battery, improved suspension and cruise control.
1999: Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide engine increases from 1340cc to 1450cc.
2001: Alarm now standard.
2002: New swing arm, alarm and indicators.
2003: Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide launched.
2006: Harman - Kardon stereo available on Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide.

Other Versions

Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard: Base spec Electra Glide. No radio or tour pack as standard, engine finish polished alloy.
Harley-Davidson FLHXi Street Glide: Less chrome, cut down screen, stereo and hard panniers fitted as standard.


Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.4 secs
Max power 65 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Weight 372 kg
Seat height 693 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1449 cc
Engine specification 2v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel spine
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 292mm discs
Rear brake 292mm disc
Front tyre size MT90B16
Rear tyre size MU85B16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • New 2009 Frame Really Handles

    Patrick Burridge

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I'm now 6 weeks and 2,500 miles into my new 2009 Electra Glide Ultra Classic, and it would have been 5,000 miles if the weather had been kinder. The new frame is a revelation, cornering on the footplates is all too easy but it is the low speed manoevering that really sets it apart from my old Road King. The 5 gallon tank is handy giving real life 190 miles refill to refill and the seat is the best in the business, 200 miles at a time without squirming is a real plus for a superbunter! A little extra chrome, some phat exhausts and a skull here and there fixes the look. A real head turner. Wish I'd bought the CVO....

    12 April 2009

  • Electra Glide Std FLHTI


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    As you'd expect the ride comfort is first class. Being an air cooled engine, you tend to get a bit warm sitting in traffic. The finish on the engine case and wheels needs carefull attention to stop corrosion spots coming through. The fuel gauge sits at the full mark utill there's about one gallon left in the tank when it decides to go from full to 1/4 full in one swift move. I changed the standard srceen to the low profile and found this a better option with improved visibility. I'm averaging 10 miles per litre, which ain't bad.

    11 April 2007


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Big Harleys can take corners too!

So that's 2 examples the OP has given for this superb all round tourer....... a dry straight road at 55 or a drizzly straight road at 90+

I live in Thailand and every damn chance I get I am "up-country" in the mountains where these bikes absolutely shine...... ok granted I will conceed that most big Harley riders don't know how to use a gearbox..... but if you know how to ride (it helps having grown up riding the Sussex country roads on fast Japs!!) these beasts you'll be the first to agree....... get 'em up in them thar hills and you'll have the time of your life!

26 April 2008 07:31

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