Uncooked and naked, stripped of all of the arguably distracting bells and whistles that Bluetooth-connected, GPS-dependent riders have been coddled with, Harley’s new FLHT Electra Glide Customary is the epitome of simplicity. As a mid-year launch, the bike signifies a back-to-basics, cut-the-fat method geared to draw riders at an inexpensive $18,999. In comparison with the Electra Glide Extremely’s $24,589 or the Road Glide’s $21,289, the Customary is the lowest-priced providing in H-D’s touring line.
Described as a dressed down dresser, the Electra Glide Customary does away with the radio and as a substitute is determined by the ultra-smooth Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin to set the tempo. Importantly, the enduring batwing fairing with a transparent, mid-height windshield and a single halogen headlight are retained, although its foam-covered speaker holes are empty as is the gaping slot for the LCD display, which now serves as a telephone or glove holder throughout pit stops.
The dished solo seat sits at 26.1 inches, which made it extraordinarily snug for my 6-foot-Three construct. With a minimalist quantity of chrome, the bike maintains a smooth and intimidating look that can nonetheless flip heads with the purity of its black paint job (and it solely is available in Vivid Black).
The Electra Glide Customary comes with massive One Contact saddlebags. spacious floorboards and a normal shift lever rather than the standard heel-toe shifter. Its bare entrance fender covers a 17-inch black machined Impeller wheel that’s accented by chrome fork skirts.
Dealing with was spectacular in any respect speeds throughout a daylong press journey by means of Florida’s swampland close to Daytona Seaside. The fats 130/80 entrance tire meant I needed to put slightly extra effort into steering it, however the still-nimble, 820-pound bike felt firmly linked to the asphalt. With 26 levels of rake and 6.7 inches of path, it offers secure, snug cruising for days, particularly with the Showa Twin Bending Valve entrance fork and twin emulsion shocks within the again.
This no-frills bike isn’t for newcomers, neither is it billed as such. It’s a horny and attractively priced piece of American iron that can enchantment to a large swath of financially acutely aware riders. It provides a rider the fundamentals that matter to get them out on the open street or right into a dealership. And it’s prepped to be incrementally personalized as driving seasons move–a deliberate Harley advertising and marketing plan.
The streamlined magnificence and Milwaukee-Eight energy ought to hopefully make the Electra Glide Customary an enduring hit in Harley’s touring line.
Kali Kotoski is the Managing Editor of Rider’s sister publication Thunder Press.