HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE ULTRA CLASSIC (2010-on) Review

Published: 22 January 2010

Harley's all-singing all-dancing, top-of-the-range tourer

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra

Harley's all-singing all-dancing, top-of-the-range tourer

  • At a glance
  • 1690cc  -  75 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  217 miles range
  • Low seat height (745mm)
  • £20,495

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 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.

Engine 2 out of 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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 1 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE ULTRA CLASSIC (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5

HD Bad Quality

18 February 2013 by sailingsec

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not just a Harley

19 May 2010 by Canberra

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £20,495
Warranty term 2 years unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 100 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 217 miles
Specification
Engine size 1690cc
Engine type V-twin four-stroke
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 22.7 litres
Seat height 745mm
Bike weight 400kg
Front suspension Non adjustable
Rear suspension Non adjustable
Front brake 320mm disc
Rear brake 320mm disc
Front tyre size 130/80 17in
Rear tyre size 180/65 16in

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced 2010

Other versions

Electra Glide Standard
Ultra Classic Electra Glide

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