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Electra Glide Review Last month saw me hit the big five-oh.  That’s five whole decades of fast living, hot chicks and bad decisions.  Yep, not much left to do now but bitch about my medical problems and pray for the sweet kiss of death…  To celebrate my ever increasing decrepitude, a buddy and I rented a couple of newish Electra Glide Ultra Classics and tempted fate on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Mine was the blue one: What?  No chopper?  It was in the shop getting a new transmission after the Road Max piece of crap locked up at 60 mph.  I left a 50 foot skid mark and I don’t mind telling you it wasn’t rubber…  Trying to carve up mountain roads on a chopper may not have been the best option, anyway.  We figured baggers would be the best way to “pimp our stuff” on the Parkway.  I certainly enjoyed having my 50 year old hairy ass nestled in the cushy, comfortable seat with the Harmon Kardon stereo blasting out Steppenwolf as I tooled around in style.  Now for a note on my objectivity: Sometimes I have issues with certain Harley aficionados who consider HD the only real motorcycle.  I like to poke them with a stick for fun and will frequently do so.  Having said that I have no particular bias against HD motorcycles except I believe they are overpriced.  I have owned and driven all kinds of bikes through the years and feel qualified enough to talk about it.  So here are some thoughts on the Electra Glide: So what can you get for the list price of approximately $25,000?  It’s a Cadillac bike with all the bells and whistles.  Since I am used to riding a chopper, I felt like I was perched right over the front wheel but I quickly got used to not having five feet of bike stretched out in front of me.  Lots of storage space.  Quality, fit and finish were on par with other makes – no better, no worse.  The bike is equipped with 103” of EVO motor - very smooth but abysmal acceleration.  I mean, my grandma could outrun this thing on her worst day and she had polio!  Top speed downhill with a tailwind was about 110 mph and that’s it!  Maybe the factory has performance choked down to enhance reliability?  I dunno… Another thing I didn’t like was the antilock brakes.  For me, I am okay if the tires are locked up or not locked up – I can compensate and drive through either situation.  But when the anti-lock thingy was active, the rear tire would rapidly lock and unlock, throwing my balance off and effectively eliminating any sense of security in cornering.  The result was that I wouldn’t dare push the bike to its limits.  One feature I loved was the cruise control.  Not a throttle stop but real cruise!  Now, lest you think I am a hypocrite based on my last post regarding Darwin, distracted drivers, etc. let me set the record straight: as a biker I am always fully aware of my surroundings and watching for who will be making the next attempt on my life.  So, this isn’t the same thing at all.  Anyway, the cruise was awesome because on the interstate I could stretch my 6’3” frame out by sitting up on the back seat and steering by leaning left or right – totally comfortable!  The Blue Ridge Parkway was fun but we also did the Dragon’s Tail in Deals Gap, NC.  It has 300+ curves in 11 miles and is guaranteed to put hair on your balls.  I can verify this.  Calling in the Medivac to extract mangled biker bodies is a regular practice and my buddy Darwin does some of his finest work here.  Being on the chopper would have sucked big time and the baggers didn’t handle much better.  I have to admit to crossing the double yellow line a time or two in some of the high pucker factor turns.  I have no complaints about the bike, though, because it’s a big, heavy cruiser and this particular road is truly the realm of the sport bike.  Oh, and that little wave we all do?  Forget about it.  Everyone is too busy white-knuckling their machines around the corners with gritted teeth and bug-eyed with fear to bother with such frivolities.  Do The Tail if you get the chance – it’s a great adrenaline rush!  Be careful though, here is the tree of shame if you mess up: Overall, the bikes performed great for our intended purpose and were a lot of fun.  Would I buy one?  Hell no!  Not for 25k...  I still think it’s too much money for what you get.  If you’re in the market for a bagger check out a Goldwing – it’s a better bike for the money.
July 25, 2012
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Electra Glide Review Last month saw me hit the big five-oh.  That’s five whole decades of fast living, hot chicks and bad decisions.  Yep, not much left to do now but bitch about my medical problems and pray for the sweet kiss of death…  To celebrate my ever increasing decrepitude, a buddy and I rented a couple of newish Electra Glide Ultra Classics and tempted fate on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Mine was the blue one: What?  No chopper?  It was in the shop getting a new transmission after the Road Max piece of crap locked up at 60 mph.  I left a 50 foot skid mark and I don’t mind telling you it wasn’t rubber…  Trying to carve up mountain roads on a chopper may not have been the best option, anyway.  We figured baggers would be the best way to “pimp our stuff” on the Parkway.  I certainly enjoyed having my 50 year old hairy ass nestled in the cushy, comfortable seat with the Harmon Kardon stereo blasting out Steppenwolf as I tooled around in style.  Now for a note on my objectivity: Sometimes I have issues with certain Harley aficionados who consider HD the only real motorcycle.  I like to poke them with a stick for fun and will frequently do so.  Having said that I have no particular bias against HD motorcycles except I believe they are overpriced.  I have owned and driven all kinds of bikes through the years and feel qualified enough to talk about it.  So here are some thoughts on the Electra Glide: So what can you get for the list price of approximately $25,000?  It’s a Cadillac bike with all the bells and whistles.  Since I am used to riding a chopper, I felt like I was perched right over the front wheel but I quickly got used to not having five feet of bike stretched out in front of me.  Lots of storage space.  Quality, fit and finish were on par with other makes – no better, no worse.  The bike is equipped with 103” of EVO motor - very smooth but abysmal acceleration.  I mean, my grandma could outrun this thing on her worst day and she had polio!  Top speed downhill with a tailwind was about 110 mph and that’s it!  Maybe the factory has performance choked down to enhance reliability?  I dunno… Another thing I didn’t like was the antilock brakes.  For me, I am okay if the tires are locked up or not locked up – I can compensate and drive through either situation.  But when the anti-lock thingy was active, the rear tire would rapidly lock and unlock, throwing my balance off and effectively eliminating any sense of security in cornering.  The result was that I wouldn’t dare push the bike to its limits.  One feature I loved was the cruise control.  Not a throttle stop but real cruise!  Now, lest you think I am a hypocrite based on my last post regarding Darwin, distracted drivers, etc. let me set the record straight: as a biker I am always fully aware of my surroundings and watching for who will be making the next attempt on my life.  So, this isn’t the same thing at all.  Anyway, the cruise was awesome because on the interstate I could stretch my 6’3” frame out by sitting up on the back seat and steering by leaning left or right – totally comfortable!  The Blue Ridge Parkway was fun but we also did the Dragon’s Tail in Deals Gap, NC.  It has 300+ curves in 11 miles and is guaranteed to put hair on your balls.  I can verify this.  Calling in the Medivac to extract mangled biker bodies is a regular practice and my buddy Darwin does some of his finest work here.  Being on the chopper would have sucked big time and the baggers didn’t handle much better.  I have to admit to crossing the double yellow line a time or two in some of the high pucker factor turns.  I have no complaints about the bike, though, because it’s a big, heavy cruiser and this particular road is truly the realm of the sport bike.  Oh, and that little wave we all do?  Forget about it.  Everyone is too busy white- knuckling their machines around the corners with gritted teeth and bug-eyed with fear to bother with such frivolities.  Do The Tail if you get the chance – it’s a great adrenaline rush!  Be careful though, here is the tree of shame if you mess up: Overall, the bikes performed great for our intended purpose and were a lot of fun.  Would I buy one?  Hell no!  Not for 25k...  I still think it’s too much money for what you get.  If you’re in the market for a bagger check out a Goldwing – it’s a better bike for the money.
July 25, 2012
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