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Demo Ride: Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited

I had the opportunity to ride the Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited at the Harley Mayhem at Simi Valley HD. This bike has all the amenities that one would expect in a luxury tourer. Heated grips, sound system, ABS brakes and a seat like your living room couch. The fit and finish is very good as are most HD motorcycles. The engine is  103 cubic in V-twin. As I saddled up I noticed how low and comfortable the seat is. It is probably the most comfortable seat I have ever experienced on a motorcycle. Getting the bike off the kick stand need a little more effort than i am used to. This bike weighs in at about 900 pounds. I am used to riding bike in the 5 to 6 hundred pound class. Once upright it felt very balanced. I pressed the starter button and the engine came alive. There was that classic Harley vibration in the handle bars. I really could do without the vibration. The demo ride started and once the motor was brought off of idle it smoothed out nicely. The exhaust note was very pleasing. The first turn out of the parking lot was a little wide. I had to get used to the higher center of gravity. Once out on the ride I found the handling to be to very good. I had no trouble leaning this bike over in turns. It really did not feel like a 900+ pound bike at speed. At every stop though I was reminded of the weight. The power was plentiful and right there when you need it. There is a noticeable amount of heat from the engine or pipes that you can feel on the seat. This extra heat  would probably more bothersome in the hot summer months.  All in all a great ride. I could imaging how easy it would be to log many miles a day on this bike. They start at $24,000 suggested retail. A bit more expensive that the competition. If you want a bike a notch above it may just be worth it.

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