Harley-Davidson, famous for its American cruiser style bikes, first introduced the Electra Glide in 1965. The Electra Glide was known for being the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle to use an electric ignition, and the last to use Harley's old Panhead style engine. It also introduced a 12-volt electrical system to manage the electronic ignition. Harley has kept the classic Electra Glide alive over the years, turning the bike into one of its traditional touring cruisers. The 2005 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide comes with timeless styling, but modern engineering. This combination will appeal to a lot of riders looking for nostalgia and heritage, but who don't wish to ride a vintage 1960s bike.
The 2005 Electra Glide uses Harley's classic Twin Cam 96 engine to generate power. Measuring 1584cc, the Harley V-twin is air cooled and was offered with either a carburetor or electronic fuel injection (EDI). Generating a healthy 66.5 horsepower and 81 lb-ft of torque, the Electra Glide has some muscle. With peak torque coming at only 3100 rpm, the Electra Glide propels itself nicely from the stoplight or in street traffic. Peak horsepower comes a little later at 5200 rpm, making it suitable to ride on the highways, as well. Acceleration is good for street use and for maintaining freeway speeds, but it's important for riders to remember that this is not a sport bike that races from 100 mph to 160 mph.
Soaking up the bumps in the road is a classic Harley suspension system. With a conventional fork up front and coil-over dampers in the rear the Electra Glide provides the rider with a true Harley riding experience. The 2005 Electra Glide is not a natUral ""lane-splitter"" in heavy freeway traffic, so it should be treated more like a car in this respect for all but the most experienced riders. The suspension is not designed for tight side-to-side turning and low speed maneuvering the way a sport bike is designed, but rather it is designed for long, relaxing cruising rides along scenic routes, while providing the rider with maximum control over the large bike. The Electra Glide doesn't exactly float over the hard bumps, but it does maintain good ride quality for long road trips.
Slowing this cruiser down is easier for the rider than might be expected, considering its size. Cutting-edge Brembo brakes provide the stopping power, with twin 292mm hydraulic discs using four-piston calipers up front and a single 292mm four-piston caliper disc in the rear. Also included is an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which adds to the reliability of the overall braking system. No need for riders to worry about this bike not slowing down when they need it to.
The Electra Glide uses handlebar positioning and foot peg placement that make the rider and passenger comfortable for long rides. The riding position is natUral and cozy and doesn't exhaust the rider too quickly, which is essential for long rides.
The 2005 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is offered with a host of touring accessories that make it suitable for road trips or long weekend cruising rides. The 2005 edition features fork-mounted Bat Wing fairing, lockable saddlebags, a Tour-pak cargo system, and even an optional 40-watt sound system by Harmon/Kardon. If you are looking for a classic cruiser to take you and a passenger on long comfortable rides, the Electra Glide is an excellent choice.