ABS. Check. Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine. Check. 6-gallon tank. King Tour-Pak system. Check. All systems clear, 2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide ready for the open road.
The Electra Glide already stands at the apex of V-Twin-based luxury-touring bikes. If you doubt this, just take a look around at your next big rally and tell me I’m lying. So it’s no wonder Harley’s premium tourer keeps finding its way into the CVO lineup. While it received its bounty of stylistic upgrades, the majority of notable changes to the 2010 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide focus on more rider-friendly amenities for the long haul and the comfort of the passenger.
It’d be difficult to improve on the Ultra Classic’s Tour-Pak system, but taking it to the next level is what the CVOs are all about. H-D has taken the plush passenger accommodations and added adjustable lumbar support to the leather backrest. A knob inside the CVO’s King Tour-Pak adjusts the lumbar up and down. Harley has also added a 12 Volt outlet to the package. The topcase and saddlebags now come with convenient luggage liners, something you take for granted until you have to make three trips up hotel stairs to get everything out of the bags and into your room. The saddlebags even got some nifty white LED lights for when you’re digging stuff out in the dark. And to make sure more people see you at night, there is a new wrap-around LED brake/tail lamp. It sits high, right below the topcase’s lid, and shone brightly when I trailed other journalists riding the Electra Glide.
But don’t think the rider has been ignored in the upgrade department. The suspended leather seat is one of the most comfortable around and comes heated, and heated handgrips are standard, too. Riders also are the ones that have the
The King Tour-Pak of the CVO Ultra Classic has removable luggage liners, a 12-Volt outlet, and a new wrap-around LED taillight.
power to roll on the throttle and reap the benefits of the Electronic Throttle Control system. The ETC is very responsive, and each twist of the throttle is rewarded with almost instantaneous gratification. The slight pause in roll-on in the upper gears that I noticed during my recent ride on the factory 2009 Electra Glide is compensated thanks to the extra horsepower of the 219cc-larger Twin Cam 110.
With 887 lbs of claimed dry weight to toss around, the 2010 CVO Electra Glide better have damn good brakes. Fortunately, Harley brakes have come a long way from days gone by. The front on the behemoth bike has good bite. The dual disc system uses 32mm teardrop floating front brake rotors with 4-piston fixed Brembo calipers. Braided stainless steel brake lines look sharp and complement the responsive set-up. When push comes to shove, an ABS system stands at the ready to bail you out in emergency braking situations. It takes a hard push on the Rumble Collection brake pedal to get the ABS to engage, but it works effectively to keep the bike upright.
How’s this for cushy passenger accomodations? The King Tour-Pak has an adjustable passenger backrest with lumbar support.
Custom paint and extra chrome breathe more attitude into the luxo-tourer. The list of shiny chrome tidbits is long, and includes the fork sliders, billet-style heel/toe shift levers, the upper fork covers and wheel spacers. Throw in CVO medallions on the rear fender and fuel door, color-match the paint scheme to the inner fairing assembly, inner fairing cap and on the filler strips of the rear fender and you’ve got a classic-styled cruiser whose fit and finish is second to none in its class. Color options include Scarlet Red Pearl/Dark Slate with Flame graphic, Riptide Blue/Titanium Dust with Flame graphic, or my personal favorite, Burnt Amber/Hot Citrus with Flame graphic.
But to be the proud owner of this exclusive touring machine won’t come cheap, and its $35,999 MSRP narrows the number of the potential buyers looking to own one of the 3450 limited-production models.