Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide® rentals in Chicago
The Electra Glide® is revered by enthusiasts for its comfort, capacity, style and grace on the open road. The base model in Harley's touring lineup, the 877-pound motorcycle has been a best seller for two decades and is easily identified by its front fairing and wide leather seat. The 2018 Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide® comes with Milwaukee-Eight® V-Twin Engine, a powerful, smooth-running engine with crisp throttle response and a pure, soul-satisfying rumble; and responsive suspension which is high-performing front and rear suspension with easily hand-adjustable rear shocks put you in control of a plush ride. It also provide a supreme comfort for two-up riding - The longer the ride, the more you’ll appreciate the comforts of this machine including the Two-Up ELECTRA GLIDE® Seat with a deep bucket and a narrow neck to provide rider back support, and a wide passenger area with back and armrests.
State of the Art Features
Introduced in 1999, the twin cam 96 cubic inch 1584 cc engine is tried and true. The same reliability that's powered Harley's for nearly a century is packaged with leading technology, comfort, and design. The ride offers good maneuverability at low speeds, comfortable high-speed cruising, smooth takeoff, and refined acceleration. The chrome and paint job is second to none and will attract stares and glances from passer-bys as you trek through your journey. Additional state-of-the-art features include a 20-watt-per-channel, four-speaker AM/FM/cassette or CD player stereo system and a rear control for the passenger, a factory alarm, standard hard saddlebags, a trunk, Weather info, full size engine guards, floorboards, and a heel/toe shifter.
The Electra Glide has made more silver screen appearances than perhaps any other bike in history. It's iconic American appearance has been immortalized on camera in Police Academy, The Departed, Ghostbusters, In the Line of Fire, Point Break, Analyze This, and Me Myself and Irene, as well as hit TV shows Miami Vice, Dragnet, CHiPs, Twin Peaks, and The Sentinel.
Video Of The Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide®
|Engine Torque||111 ft-lb|
|Displacement||1,746 cc (107 cu in)|
|Fuel Capacity||6.00 gal (22.71 L)|
|Fuel System||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Bore x Stroke||3.937 in. x 4.375 in.|
|Infotainment System (2018 model or newer)||Boom!™ Box 4.3|
|Luggage Capacity -Volume||4.7 cu ft|
|Weight||As Shipped: 877.00 lb. ; Running Order: 904 lb.|
|Primary Drive||Chain, 34/46 ratio|
|Fuel Economy||43 mpg|
|Voice Recognition Languages: Tuner/Media/Navigation (2018 model or newer)||English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, European Portugese|
|Passenger Back Rest||Yes|
|Seat Height, Unladen||29.1 in.|
|Brakes, Caliper Type||32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear|
|Lights (As Per Country Regulation), Indicator Lamps||High beam, running lights, front fender running lights, directional lights, neutral, low oil pressure, neutral, engine diagnostics, turn signals, security system (optional), battery, low fuel warnings, cruise control, ABS, gear indication, miles to empty|
|Gauges||Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.|
|Exhaust||Chrome, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers|
|Seat Height, Laden||27.4 in.|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 in.|
|Oil Capacity (W/Filter)||5.2 qt.|
|Tires, Front Specification||BW 130/80B17 65H|
|Tires, Rear Specification||BW 180/65B16 81H|
|Cruise Control Option||Standard|
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 !