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2010 Harley-Davidson Touring First Ride

Thursday, August 6, 2009
When you hear the name Harley-Davidson what do you think of? More than anything the answer matches the age of the person you ask. If you’re an older rider than there is a fair chance that you’ll feel this motorcycle marque is the de facto motorcycling standard. But for younger folks, the H-D brand usually congers up images of under-performing motorcycles built more for posing in the parking lot than ripping around on the streets. After spending two days at the controls of Harley-Davidson’s 2010 model offerings, though, I have to admit there is something more to the brand than I pessimistically presumed. One of the coolest things about this coming year’s line-up is the broad range of motorcycling options afforded by the folks in Milwaukee.

Harley-Davidson Touring Ride Review
The 2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited bundles many popular options together and adds a bigger 103 cubic-inch Twin Cam engine. But is it built to shred?
Harley-Davidson Touring Ride Review
This is without question the coolest Harley-Davidson motorcycle offering for 2010. Harley calls it the Road Glide Custom. We call it Street Crusher.


Just how many motorcycles you ask? Thirty four. Add to the mix the various options and colorways, not to mention the hundreds of pages of factory performance parts and accessories, and you’ve got virtually limitless choices. From the affordable and newbie friendly $6999 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 to the VRSC line of liquid-cooled power cruisers, for this coming year there is something for any would-be motorcyclist. They even offer hopped-up, pre-customized machines straight from the factory. (Make sure to check out the 2010 Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) First Ride article to see how they perform. Additionally, be sure to check out the 2010 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles First Look article to discover the individual changes to the Harley’s standard production line-up.)

Out of its entire fleet, H-D’s touring motorcycles are not only the most comfortable to ride, but also the most fun – especially on curvy pavement. For 2010 the touring line grows by three bikes: the Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the Road Glide Custom, and the Street Glide Trike. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to ride the Street Glide Trike, however, we will be riding on three-wheels in the future, so for now we will discuss the aforementioned two.


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Comments
Dave Jamieson -owner 2009 Street Glide  February 4, 2010 12:27 AM
Just can't believe it ... the two into 1 exhaust on 2010 Street Glides. Have they lost their minds!? Looks rediculous. I'm just glad I got the 2009.
GB -skeeter  October 21, 2009 09:42 AM
let's just ride baby......
skeeter -Watercooled?  October 18, 2009 03:09 PM
GB,
I was just reading some of your posts, and discovered that you are really stupid. You were stating that Victory's technology is so much more advanced than Harley's. The reality is that Victory is not anymore advanced than Harley. I brought up watercooling, because the VROD has it, and Victory doesn't. Harley is also developing a watercooled big twin, and will have it on the market long before Victory.

By the way, Victory plural, would be Victorys, not Victories! lol
GB -skeeter  October 16, 2009 08:35 PM
come on skeeter, lighten up baby, we're all riders after all. it's ok if god didn't give you a penis and you had to go buy one. it'll be our little (and i mean real little) secret!!! LOL!!!!
skeeter -GB & Y2khonorsgrad  October 16, 2009 06:57 PM
You are both dumba** morons! Harley sales may be down now because the whole country is in a recession, but Triumph and Victory are down over 40% in sales. Their dealer networks suck, and the few dealers that are around, still have new 2007 and 2008 models on the sales floor. I wouldn't worry about Harley moving production to China or Mexico. LOL Ride whatever you want, but get over the jealousy and feelings of inferiority already!
GB -skeeter  October 15, 2009 09:02 PM
forgot to mention. just in case you decide to argue some more, the ness' didn't help design Victorys. the main man was mike sorg. the ness' just designed their own version. now get off your harley toilet seat and do a little reading.
GB -Y2khonorsgrad  October 15, 2009 08:48 PM
buddy i have has a rocket. he put a set of bettle bags and a batwing on it for touring. i was surprised how nice it looked. we were messing around at a stop light and gave him a nod, he gave the rocket some gas and all i saw was his tail light. damn fast bike.
Y2khonorsgrad -You guys need some ...  October 15, 2009 05:25 PM
At my age (55) the culture of "if you don't ride what I ride, then you're not a real biker" just makes me believe YOU are just as much to blame for HD's sales woe as anything else. Turning away would-be HD sales with the attitude. It has kept me away for 40 years, including several resent visits. I ride a Triumph Rocket III 2300cc (138c.i.) 140hp, 148ft-lb torque, 700lb cruiser. 25k the first year and currently 41k. When my bike parks in the HD parking lot all the HD riders huddle around it and bitch - but they DO huddle around it! No one huddles around their HDs. It's not the greatest bike, admittedly, but it is a rush to ride and will blow almost all the HDs off the road, especially in the twistys. But, I will ride with anyone, ANYONE, but the reverse is not true of most of the HD riders I've met. I'd like to see more support for growing the RIDING culture, no matter what the ride. My wife is a new rider at 50yrs and rides a trouble free VStar 650 because it fits her size. We went to a HD dealer thinking about an upgrade, attitude and price turned us away. Too bad, it could have been a plus for all concerned.
gb -skeet doll  October 15, 2009 01:59 PM
i love you harley sheep. read a mag once in a while dude. victory is not watercooled. your new harley has 96 cubic inches with 68 horsepower!! WOW!!! my lawnmower almost has that. i've been riding since 1968 and have owned almost every kind of bike, even a couple harleys. i liked the harleys but am sick of the hype that madison avenue gets puppies like you to buy into. what are you gonna do when harley moves it's manufacturing to china or mexico, it is coming. and you're right, as long as there are idiots like you to give your hard earned money to harley for the same old shit why should the change. just rmember to make your trailer payment before your bike payment. i'd hate to see you homeless. have fun with your religion and ride safe.
skeeter -GB  October 15, 2009 08:33 AM
You mentioned Harley's lack of technology, so the point that I was making, was that if Harley buyers wanted hi-tech inline-4's, the company has the resources and financial backing to build one. So what is the groundbreaking technology that is offered by Victory? Isn't it a 50 degree v-twin with fuel injection, belt drive, and 6-speed tranny? Is it watercooled? Seems like Victory is just another motorcycle company that's trying to get a slice of the Harley pie. If real bikers wanted Harley-poser bikes, you would see Victorys and Victory dealers everywhere, but we all know that isn't the case. They even needed to get Harley guys, Arlen & Cory, to help the design department build bikes that people might want to buy. GB, I don't even believe you have a Victory. I know you're a moron, and just a poser with Harley envy.
GB -LOL @ skeetums  October 14, 2009 11:00 PM
you sheep crack me up.
GB -skeeter - GB  October 14, 2009 09:32 PM
you must be an idiot. i didn't say anything about a in line 4. i ride a victory. you know the other americam motorcycle with NEW technology. go ahead and ride you 50 year old tech. i'll be waiting for at the end of the ride.and don't forget your village people costume. LOL!!!
skeeter -GB  October 9, 2009 08:17 PM
You must be a moron! If their customer base wanted Harley to build liquid cooled inline-4's, the company is more than able. People that buy Harleys want nostalgia. They want a motorcycle in it's purest form. Peronally, I don't want all the comforts of home on my bike. I ride over 20,000 miles a year, and I do it on a Harley. What do you ride? Let me guess...a CT70? lol
GB -UGLY!!!  October 3, 2009 03:18 PM
got to be the ugliest bike i have ever seen. would someone please drag HD into the 21st century.
HDBreeze -Road Glide Custom  September 20, 2009 05:31 PM
My friend just bought a 2009 CVO Road Glide in the silver dust/titanium(not sure what the actual color names are). It is by far the most beautiful and amazing CVO bike that Harley has ever made! I would love to have one, but the $32,000 price tag is a little too steep for me at the moment. The 2010 Road Glide Custom is close in style and easier on the wallet. I currently have a 2000 Road Glide with over 160,000 miles, and I'm afraid that if I add another Road Glide to the stable, she might get jealous! The Star Stratoliner will most likely be my next purchase.