The Electra Glide by Harley Davidson still Grabs Attention

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The Electra Glide by Harley Davidson still Grabs Attention

The Electra Glide is one of the most iconic Harleys that have been favored by law enforcement and those chasing the horizon. The distinctive feature of the Electra Glide is the batwing fairing as it is easily recognized.

Nowadays the Electra Glide is the height of motorcycle luxury and refinement. The Electra Glide is offered in many trim and equipment levels, as you are able to get features like hands free Bluetooth, iPod presets, rider passenger intercom and a 25-watt sound system.

An air-cooled V twin that displaces 1700cc and features fuel injection, a six-speed transmission and twin overhead camshafts produces the power of the Harley Davidson.

It is not the fastest bike, but it has enough power for a flawless all day rides and is surprisingly light on fuel.

Not only is this a great bike to get around with, but it also has a presence. The Electra Glide announces its arrival and everyone has a look. It is beautiful to look at and has a seriousness that can’t be imitated even though other manufacturers have tried. This is one of the reasons why law enforcement still gravitates towards the Electra Glide.

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Another reason that the police prefer the Electra Glide is because of its low speed stability. When this Harley is in traffic or is low speed trolling it is as steady as a rock. However, if the Electra Glide does fall over you wont get it back easily because it weighs a massive 400 kilograms.

The bike presents an enjoyable ride and when you crack the throttle you have endless torque and takeoff power. When you ride the highway it is smooth and stable and almost effortless.

Even though the Electra Glide is getting old and newer bikes by Harley are hitting the road, it is still one that will always turn heads.

 

 

 

 

The Hits from Willie G. Davidson

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The Hits from Willie G. Davidson

In 1969, Willie G. Davidson became the Vice President of styling. Harley Davidson wanted a bit of the customising craze that was going around.

1971: Harley Davidson FX Super Glide

The customisation craze led to the 1971 FX Super Glide which was pretty much the first factory custom from the company.

The bike combined the sporty XL series front end with the frame and the power of the FL series. This bike is considered to be the most stylistic significant motorcycle to come from Harley Davidson.

1977: Harley Davidson XLCR Café Racer

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The XL series for Harley has been around since 1957 but 20 years later the XLCR Café Racer appeared.

The XLCR was only made for two years with its low handlebars and blacked out paint white wall tires.

1990: Harley Davidson Fat Boy

The Fat Boy was a bold cruiser. The Fat Boy forms part of the Softail family and Arnold Schwarzenegger rode one in The Terminator.

1991: Harley Davidson FXDB Dyna Glide Sturgis

In 1991 the Dyna line up was launched with the FXDB Dyna Glide Sturgis which was named after the town where the famous motorcycle rally takes place.

The Dyna’s are known for their dynamic riding feedback. They feature a larger, runner mounted v twin engines, exposed battery boxes and visible coilover shocks.

2002: Harley Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

This can be considered the most controversial production from Harley. The V-Rod was created in the efforts to lure younger buyers to the brand.

The V-Rod was inspired by the VR 1000 race bike. The V-Rod contained the first Harley liquid cooled engine and was also the first to combine this with fuel injection and overhead cams.

2007: Harley Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster

The latest factory custom trend is the Harley black out Dark Custom theme. The early days of this movement can be seen in the 2007 Sportster XL1200N Nightster, that features trimmed down components, fork gaiters, black rims and side mounted license plate holder.

 

Harley Davidson Events at the 2015 Daytona Bike Week

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Harley Davidson Events at the 2015 Daytona Bike Week

The 74th annual Daytona Bike Week is underway and this bike event concludes March 14th. Harley Davidson has many events planned during the Daytona Bike Week.

Harley Davidson says that all their activities are from 9am to 5pm daily at the Motor Company’s pavilion at Daytona International Speedway.

Not only have they offered the entire 2015 motorcycle lineup but demo rides are available for the new models including the Street, Ultra Limited Low, Road Glide and the Freewheeler Trike as well as 16 customized models.

If you are fan of the Street Glide then make sure you catch the unveiling of the 2015 CVO Street Glide which will be wearing the new Carbon Crystal with Phantom Flames.

Here is what new for 2015 Daytona Bike Harley Davidson Events.

Project LiveWire JUMPSTART

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Harley Davidson represents the American Reinvention with Project LiveWire which is the first electric Harley Davidson motorcycle. It will make its first appearance in Daytona. Project LiveWire brings innovation to the street and get feedback from customers on what they expect from an electric motorcycle that is authentic Harley.

FX’s Sons of Anarchy

A motorcycle from FX’s Sons of Anarchy will be set up for photo opportunities. This is a great opportunity for fans to get a picture of themselves sitting on a Harley that featured in the iconic series. Also Kim Coates will be signing autographs on the 7th and 8th of March.

Wounded Warrior Project

Harley Davidson announced a new partnership with Wounded Warrior Project in November with the aim of improving the lives of service men and women that are living with post-traumatic stress disorder. In the Harley Davidson area that will be a WWP tent that will be selling special Operation Personal Freedom Bike Week T-Shirts that will benefit the organization.

Harley Davidson Museum

Willie G’s 1983 FXDG disc Glide Prototype will be displayed at the Harley Davidson Museum area at the Speedway. This prototype was customized by Willi G. Davidson and was ridden in the 1982 Daytona rally to promote the release of the 1983 FXDG limited edition model.

You will also be able to buy official Willie G and H.O.G. merchandise at the Harley Davidson Speedway.

Other Harley Davidson activities include the MDA Women’s Ride, the H.D. customization motorcycle showcase and daily police skills shows.

If you missed this year’s Daytona Bike Week then be sure to plan for next years as this is an event not to be missed by any bike and Harley Davidson fan.

The Harley Davidson once Owned by Pope Benedict XVI sells at Auction

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The Harley Davidson once Owned by Pope Benedict XVI sells at Auction

Several lots were sold above estimate and a new world auction record was set for a factory specification 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible which also further cemented Bonham’s leadership with the luxury British brand.

The DB5 sold to an auction room bidder against the telephone for £1 430 715.

The ex- Amschel Rothschild 1966 AC Cobra 289 ‘Mark II’ Roadster sold to a British bidder in the room for £707 686.

The Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Grand Sport also drummed up some spirited bidding. It had once been driven by a famous racing Russian, Boris Ivanowski an exiled Russian Imperial Guardsman. The 6C was sold to a European bidder in the room for £893 113.

Jacque Gérin’s radical 1922 Gerin Aérodyne Saloon Prototype was an unusual addition to the Bonham’s’ sale. It was found three years ago after a 15 year search and this was the first time that it appeared in a public auction. It was sold to a bidder in the room for £138 736.

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A Harley Davidson motorcycle which was blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was sold in aid of a Polish charity. This Harley Davidson once took part in a special countdown for the brand in the 110th anniversary celebrations, where the pope blessed it with his signature. The Harley Davidson went above estimate and sold to a telephone bidder for £34 684. The winning bidder had also bought the Pope Francis 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, sold at Bonham’s Paris auction in 2014.

The Head of the Continental European Motoring Department, Philip Kantor said that the sale has attracted international attention and exceeded all other auction totals for the Paris auctions.

The Bonham’s Group Motoring Director, James Knight went on to say that the Bonham’s motoring group has seen an amazing start to 2015. The USA division had record breaking auctions at Las Vegas and Scottsdale and now the European teams have delivered the best ever Paris sale.

 

New Harley Davidson 2015 Models

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New Harley Davidson 2015 Models

Here is a look at customer led innovations by Harley Davidson for 2015.

Road Glide Motorcycle

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After going on a one year pause the original alternative bagger is back but with a new triple vented frame mounted fairing that is able to minimize head buffeting. The ergonomics have been improved with Dual Reflector Daymaker Led headlamps and a new handlebar with reduced reach as well as a new wrist angle.

Road Glide Special Motorcycle

The Road Glide Special is fully loaded with a factory equipped with premium Boom Box infotainment, an upgraded suspension as well as Reflex linked brakes that has an Anti-lock Braking System.

Freewheeler Trike

America’s hot rod is now even wider with H-D’s expansion and dominates the three wheel category. The Freewheeler Trike combines a custom style with an easy handling performance from its mini ape hanger handlebar to the bobtail fenders. The Freewheeler has a low and lean profile because of the all new rear body shape.

New Braking System for Softail Models

The Softail Models have a new braking system that provides an improved modulation and responsiveness and also decreases the hand lever effort by 40%. On the Softail Models ABS is now standard but it is optional for the Slim. The new front brake components include a rigid four piston fixed front brake caliper with 34 and 32mm pistons, which are coated in order to minimize the initial displacement. There are brake pads that have a high output friction material, a new master cylinder with a higher mechanical ratio and also a new 300mm front brake rotor. The look of each model has been changed with restyled caliper and master cylinder.

Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low/ Ultra Limited Low Motorcycles

Harley Davidson has taken ergonomic enhancements further with the lowest seat height and the highest rider confidence available in a premium touring bike that has been combined with a full complement of Project Rushmore features whilst encompassing classic Harley style.

All through the 2015 model line up from Harley Davidson there is a fresh style with eight new paint colours to choose from including custom colours including Black Magic and Radioactive Green and new Hard candy Custom metal flake colours Cancun Blue Flake and Quicksilver Flake.

 

Harley Davidson Releases Three New Motorcycles in India

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Harley Davidson Releases Three New Motorcycles in India

In the Indian market, Harley Davidson released the Softail Breakout, the Street Glide Limited and CVO Limited.

Harley Davidson Softail Breakout

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This motorbike by Harley Davidson has a low muscular profile which is due to the raked out front forks and enhanced even further by the chrome and black accents. The Breakout has the appearance of a chopper with the drag style handlebar, large 21 inch front wheels, and the massive 240mm rear tyre and chopped fenders.

There is the iconic Twin Cam 103 motor with a displacement of 1688cc. This air cooled motor is able to produce 129Nm of peak torque at just 3000rpm.

The engine is coupled to a six speed Cruise Drive transmission and belt drive transmits power to the rear wheel.

The breaking system is disc brakes at the front and ABS is standard for the rear.

Street Glide Special

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The other motorbike from Harley Davidson that is making its way into the Indian market is the Street Glide Special.

Last year the Rushmore initiative was started and this bike falls under this project. The Street Glide Limited is full of specs more than the performance touring model.

This Harley has a High Output Twin Cam 103, dual halogen lamps, batwing fairing with slipstream vent and boom box 6.5GT infotainment system. It has been installed with Enforcer cast aluminium wheels and Reflex linked brakes with ABS.

The engine on this Harley is 1688cc that makes 129Nm of torque.

CVO Limited

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The CVO Limited will be looking to replace the Electra Glide in the market. The major difference is that the CVO Limited offers custom suspended seats. The seats have a backrest for the rider and passenger seating. They can also be adjusted for lumber support and in heat seating.

The CVO Limited also offers twin luggage compartments and Tour-Pak luggage case which can easily store two full face helmets.

Other features of the CVO Limited include cruise control and keyless ignition. The motor is a Twin Cam 110. The 1800cc is liquid cooled and turns out 155Nm of peak torque at 3750rpm and is coupled with a six speed gearbox.

 

Some of the Best Harley Davidsons of All Time

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Some of the Best Harley Davidsons of All Time

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If you love Harley Davidson it can be hard to pick the best ones of all time, but here is a list of some of the ones that have really stood out.

Best Harley Davidsons

FXR

The FXR came from the FX Super Glide and the predecessor of the Dyna platform. Among Harley fans the FXR seems to be among one of the favourites, with users saying that it’s a timeless hot rod style, has the best handling and functional.

FL

Large framed Harleys since 1941 have received the FL designation which depicted overhead valve big twin engines that had wide front tires and long distance capabilities.

In 1949 the FL was the first of the Harleys Davidsons to receive hydraulically damped telescopic forks and was give the name Hydra Glide.

The FL received a new frame with a swimgarm and a pair of coil over shocks in 1958 and was the first big twin to have a fully suspended chassis. The Hydro Glide was then renamed the Duo Glide.

KR750

The predecessor of the Sportster was the K model and the KR750 was the best of flat track racing. The KR750 was a popular choice during the 50s and 60s. Racers rode the side valve Class C determined to win countless trophies.

XR

The XR750 is a firm favourite among Harley fans and was made famous by the daring stunt driver Evel Knievel. The XR750 is still the most winning bike in AMA racing history.

FXDP Dyna Defender

The Dyna that was produced from 2001 to 2004 is Harley’s police issue, but was not that popular with police departments. The Dyna Defender differs from the average Dyna in the dual disc front brakes, boxy bags, mini ape bar, black springs and tall rear shocks.

There were about 300 of these Dyna’s made in each year of production making it a collectable bike to get your hands on.

EL

The 1936 EL line of Motor Company introduced the Knucklehead V-Twin which is said to be the grandfather of modern Harley engines because of the overhead valve set up. There was a displacement of 61 cubic inches.

1915 11F

The 1915 11F must be the best Harley Davidson with the cutting edge three speed transmissions transformed the company. The 1915 11F also featured a 61 cubic inch F head V twin which used an automatic oiler and larger intake valves which made the bike jump to 11 horsepower. The bike also had a magneto and electric light system that included a taillight which could be removed and used as a nighttime service light.

The 1915 11F topped Harley’s sales and became the bestselling Harley Davidson until today.

 

 

Harley Davidson Road Trip

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Harley Davidson Road Trip

When it comes to taking a Harley Davidson road trip there are no strict rules but mere guidelines as there is no right or wrong way to things. When it comes to a road trip experience will teach you more and with some practice packing can become exciting rather than a tedious chore.

When it comes to packing a motorcycle some believe that it is more about what you leave behind then what you take. A good idea is to put everything that you want to take with you into a pile and remove the less essential items. You will need to eliminate the items one by one until the pile is more manageable and of course packable. You should keep in mind that you will need to check the owner’s manual of your Harley Davidson for the cargo weight limits.

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Harley Davidson Travel Tips

  1. Pack lightweight synthetic clothing like t-shorts and underwear as these can be washed in a hotel sink and will dry overnight whereas cotton fabrics will take too long to dry.
  2. When it comes to organising items in saddlebags and duffle bags, zip lock plastic bags of all sizes come in handy. By using these it will be easier to find certain items without the need of unpacking everything.
  3. To save on space rather roll your clothes instead of folding them.
  4. You should pack items that have multiple uses like a multi tool is better than just a simple pocket knife.
  5. If you are travelling with one or more people it’s a good idea to compare packing lists so that you do not duplicate items.
  6. If you are unsure if you will need a particular item it might be better to just buy it whilst on the road.
  7. When you are loading your motorcycle it is best to keep the weight to the bikes centre of gravity, which is low and towards the tank.
  8. Always pack for cold and wet weather no matter the time of year.
  9. If it is raining consider wrapping a small towel around your neck to stop the water from running down your back.

 

Riding a Harley Davidson

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Riding a Harley Davidson

To own and ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle is a privilege and an honour as they are one of the most famous motorcycles. When you are planning to ride a Harley Davidson there are some things that you should keep in mind so that you have a safe ride and also a memorable one no matter where you are going according to merrellm.hubpages.com.

Riding a Harley Davidson

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You will need to first find a suitable Harley Davidson as they are not all ideal for riding long distances. You need to find a Harley Davidson that not only runs well but is also comfortable and one that you are able to handle. If you find that the Harley Davidson is too heavy then you should rather drop down a level so that you have a better and more manageable riding experience. The bike order according to heaviness is below with the heaviest first.

  • Road King
  • Softail
  • Dyna Glide
  • Sportster

The Sportster is noted as one of the more difficult to ride even though it is the lightest. This is owed to the unbalance and the high placement of the gas tank which then raises the centre of gravity. However it is actually one of the funniest Harleys’s to ride.

After you have decided on the Harley you wish to ride, you will need to decide if you will be making the massive financial commitment and buy one or if you will rather borrow or rent one so that you are first able to get a feel for the bike before committing to one.

Have a look at the bike before you get on it and admire all the refinements that have been designed. The bike will need to prepped, so check the gas level, tires, lights and for any defects.

You can now get on the bike, but mount from the left side for etiquette reasons. Feel the handlebars and the weight of the Harley underneath you.

Start the bike and let it warm up. Now it’s time to ride the Harley Davidson.

Riding a bike gives you that feeling of freedom as you are able to see the road race underneath you and the wind going through your body.

When riding a Harley Davidson it is less about the handling of the bike but rather the sheer enjoyment that it is able to bring. It is then best to try and find a road that has no one so that you are able to get the full experience of the Harley.

Most importantly always ensure that you are wearing the gear and safety gear.

Interesting Facts about Harley Davidson

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Interesting Facts about Harley Davidson

If you are a Harley Davidson rider or just a lover of things Harley Davidson then you might be interested in these interesting facts about Harley Davidson.

Here are some interesting facts about Harley Davidson.

Interesting Facts about Harley Davidson

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1. In 1901 William S. Harley drew a blue print that was actually meant for a bicycle; however from this blue print came the first Harley Davidson motorcycle.

2. 1905 was a good year for Harley Davidson in that it was when the first full time employee was hired at the Milwaukee Wisconsin Harley Davidson factory. It was also the year when Harley Davidson won its first motorcycle race.

3. There has been speculation as to whether Janet Davidson was the first woman to ride a Harley Davidson as it is unclear as to the whether the motor was running or not. Needless to say though Janet Davidson who was the aunt did help in the painting and pin striping. It is also certain that she was also the first woman to have sat on a Harley.

4. The carburetor in the first Harley Davidson motorcycle was actually a tomato can.

5. Harley Davidson opened a larger factory on Juneau Avenue and they employed a team of six members that were all full time. It was also around this time that the ‘Silent Gray Fellow’ was launched and was the colour grey, but had a silent engine.

6. In 1909 the V-twin motorcycle was revealed to the world.

7. Malcolm Forbes, who is the founder of the Forbes magazine, only began to ride Harley Davidsons when he was 40 years old. He fell in love with the motorcycles that in the end he owned 50 of them and also began to give away Harley’s as gifts.

8. The most expensive Harley Davidson that was ever made was the CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide that was manufactured in 2013. There was 4200 of these motorcycles released and each one had a price of $40 000.

There are many Harley Davidson facts out there but these are just of the more interesting ones.