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Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic (2010-current)



Detail Value
New price £20,495
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Engine size 1690 cc
Power 75 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 2 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3
Value rating is 1 rating is 2.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 2

This is Harley’s all-singing all-dancing, top-of-the-range tourer. In standard trim it’s fully-loaded with touring accessories that are only available as optional extras on lower-spec Electra Glides. It also has a larger capacity engine. The major problem with this bike is its massive £21,222 price tag. For that sort of money it needs to be perfect, but it’s far from that. A Victory Vision Tour, Kawasaki VN1700 Classis or BMW K1200LT will offer a far superior riding experience for much less money.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Ultra Classic gets a bigger 1690cc V-twin engine (the Electra Glide has a 1584cc motor), although Harley, according to its tradition doesn’t give claimed power figures. They do say it makes 6ftlb more torque (up to 100ftlb) at the same lazy 3500rpm. The engine is smooth enough on the move and offers decent acceleration, given the machine’s horrendous 400kg (dry!) bulk. What really lets the motor down is its painfully agricultural six-speed gearbox. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

Although the ride quality is very good cruising in a straight line, the big Harley hates corners. Due to its ridiculous bulk there’s very little feeling for what’s going with the tyres and corning in the wet at any kind of speed is plain frightening. Brakes are very poor.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Although the basic controls, dials and switches are old fashioned and haphazardly placed you get lots of equipment as standard, like two-tone paintwork, cruise control, ABS, heated grips, top box and panniers, a luggage rack and an 80-watt Harmon-Kardon stereo. The list goes on… Compare and buy parts for the Electra Glide in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

The paintwork and all the shiny bits are well produced, but the attention to detail under the skin is poor. Harleys are reliable on the whole but we have always experienced frustrating little faults with our test bikes, with things dropping off and coming undone. When this machine was delivered to our office the ABS didn’t work.

Value

MCN rating rating is 1
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

It’s hard to see where all your money goes with the Electra Glide Ultra Limited. It’s a lot of money for a dynamically poor machine, when you compare it to its cheaper competition. At the end of the day you’re simply paying for the Harley Davidson badge and all the history and heritage that goes with it. Find a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

Introduced 2010

Other Versions

Electra Glide Standard
Ultra Classic Electra Glide

Specifications

Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 100 ft-lb
Weight 400 kg
Seat height 745 mm
Fuel capacity 22.7 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1690 cc
Engine specification V-twin four-stroke
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Non adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Non adjustable
Front brakes 320mm disc
Rear brake 320mm disc
Front tyre size 130/80 17in
Rear tyre size 180/65 16in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(2 reviews)

  • HD Bad Quality

    sailingsec

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    My Ultra Classic Electra Glide is 10 months old and showing its age already. The wheels are of very poor quality finish and looking at older bikes it is a common problem. The aluminium rims are of poor finish and already pitted. The hub, chrome on aluminium is also of poor quality. On a brand new bike the silencers where rusty and Harley Davidson suggested the ends should be painted black. So rusty silencers are leaving the factory but nobody cares. I have an 8 year old Kawasaki VN800 Classic where the finish and quality is brilliant. The air rear suspension is not good as with maximum pressure of 50psi the suspension grounds very easy. I also have to pump it back up every 6 months. No fault has been found on the warranty. On the plus side Harley Davidson bikes hold their value extremely well and the ride is just awesome. I love riding my bike but for the money the quality is poor.

    18 February 2013

  • Not just a Harley

    Canberra

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I would agree with the comment that the HD badge carries a cost but trying selling another bike when you are ready to upgrade and see the return on your investment. This bike is beautifully balanced, providing the rider with a wonderful bike for the long distant tour. Yes it needs to have the CB upgraded to UHF and the SATNAV does not work outside the US - both designed to meet the US market. I found ridning the bike was a little like meeting a woman for the first time - attracted physically without knowing how she would ride only to find that within a short period of time it all fell into place. There are those that ride a HD and those who wish they could.

    19 May 2010

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18 April 2012 12:07

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