I started the tour in Phoenix (October 20th - nice and not too hot) and rode the Electra Glide all the way to San Francisco in 4 days.
Day 1: Las Vegas
Day 2: Los Angeles
Day 3: San Simeon
Day 4: San Francisco
There is a lot of Highway involved and these streets are perfectly made for the Electra Glide. You sit so comfortably that you wouldn't want to get off. I'm a slim, tall guy (6'3 and 170lb).
Handling is not a problem - just the size of my body is a tiny bit too high because the upper part of my helmet was already in the air-stream which made some extra noise but that was the only thing. With a full visor helmet not a problem. I couldn't stay too long behind the windshield due to the awkward body position (scooping forward with my bottom or leaning forward with my upper body). But I was also riding 300 miles per day, so I am allowed to feel something.
The sound is amazing and the throttle very crisp despite the weight of the machine. Driving at night is also not a problem at all due to the wide angled headlights and the high-beam option.
Radio and Navigation work (screen is touch sensitive but can also be controlled by little levers near the blinker).
The cruise control is a very appreciated feature, especially on the highway!
Caution needs to be taken on sharp turns! Once the machine tilts above a certain angle at low speed, it will go down and there's almost no way to get it up by yourself (I managed but with everything I got and a special technique but I also work out my legs on a regular basis). Taking slow turns a little wider and keeping your feet near the ground at very low speeds (below 5 mph) there's really no problem - not even in San Francisco.
To sum it up - the feel you get on the Pacific Coast Highway 1 cannot be described in words - there's pure freedom on that bike!
We flew into SFO and used uber to get to Eaglerider. Everything about this experience went very well. Our bikes were ready, check-in was a breeze. We headed north and stayed in Eureka, Crescent City, and Petaluma. The sights were amazing and the smells were redwood enhanced. Every turn was a post card. Certainly worth the money and the time. I used AAA for a discount.
If I was to do it again and change one thing, I'd rent the Indian next time. Epic vacation ! Thank you Eaglerider !
I'm a wee fella, only 5'4" and have hired the EG on three occasions. Don'y be intimidated by the bulk, this thing is a pussycat, just plan your stops in advance, and KNOW where your going to put your feet down. Keep it balanced, and everything will be fine. If it DOES start to tip, try and be in the next county by the time it hits the deck ! :-)
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I’m a big guy 6’4” and the EG is a big bike. But don’t let the size fool or intimidate you. While yes it is the largest bike in the Harley fleet it is well balanced it performs and handles well. I like having the Stereo and cruise control. Also the tour Pac allows for easy storage of items I am taking along on the trip. My wife loves the large princess seat on the back. Sometimes I catch her dosing off on long rides.