Me and Motorcycles

I have been riding motorcycles since I was 14 and I’ve had my own motorcycle for more than 35 years. I started off by learning and riding dirt bikes an invaluable experience that carries over to street riding. I purchased my first street bike when I was 16, much to my Mothers horror. I survived those first couple years because of luck and the knowledge I had from dirt bike riding. At 18 I purchased my first big bike a Honda CB750 and I owned that for 20 years. During that time I also purchased a Honda V65 and I also owned that for 20 years.

In 2009 I purchased my Harley-Davidson Road King; I had looked at this bike in 1991 when it was called an Electra Glide Sport. Motorcycles unlike cars evoke an emotional feeling, unless you’re lucky enough to own an exotic. Harley-Davidson is the manufacturer that gets that and just look at Harley it provides a glimpse into American Motorcycle history. I’ve been happy with my Harley and in a little over a year I rode 20 thousand miles.

The 20 thousand in one year as turned into more than 37 thousand miles in a little more than 18 months. The King is running well and is still the most comfortable bike I have owned to date and now has more than 62 thousand miles, has covered 14 states and 19 National Parks.

November 2012 I traded in the Road King and I'm now the proud owner of a 2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited. This bike is meant for serious touring.

The Road King was running fine but after more than 62,000 miles it was starting to feel old. Standard on the Limited is the following; ABS, Cruise Control, AM/FM/CD/WB/ radio, CB/Intercom, heated grips, fairing lowers, Tour Pac with speakers and the 103ci motor. To quote Harley Davidson “This limited model comes fully-loaded to ride a step above the rest on all the miles ahead.” If you want a nicer Electra Glide you’ll have to get a CVO model.

It’s the 103ci motor that’s standard on the Limited that I immediately like the most. I did the Stage One on my RK but I think this pulls nicer and will be even better after I do the Stage One upgrade. I wasn’t sure if there would be that big of a difference but I’m down shifting a whole lot less with the 103 motor.

Having a full fairing a radio and a full set of gauges is something I’m getting used to. The “Batwing” fairing makes for a peaceful riding experience and is absent of any wind buffeting. The four speaker radio can easily be heard at 80 mph and I really enjoy it. Small things like a power outlet in the trunk, the heated grips or the Aux port for an MP3 player really

 

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