""Get your motor running, head out on the highway, looking for adventure and whatever comes our way."" This familiar refrain starts the song ""Born to be Wild"" by Steppenwolf, and embodies both the American Spirit, and the motivation to climb aboard a Harley-Davidson cruiser and hit the open road. The 2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide just might be the ultimate road machine to take from coast to coast in style and comfort.
Unique to the CVO line of Harleys is the Screamin Eagle Twin Cam 110B engine, an absolute beast of a powerplant, and the largest produced by Harley-Davidson. This air-cooled engine features electronic ignition, and the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). Screamin Eagle has 110 cubic inches of displacement, and produces 114 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 RPM. The unique 2-1-2 exhaust system keeps hot gases away from the rider's legs, and snakes around the air box and engine to highlight a matte and chrome package. Various exhaust tip options are available.
The power of the Screamin Eagle is useless unless it's harnessed and directed, and the six-speed Cruise Drive transmission handles the job like a champion. The CVO Ultra Classic features a high performance clutch with hydraulic actuation. Cruising is a joy, because even in top gear and at a high speed, the belt-driven engine runs at a comfortable and low RPM.
The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is a luxury machine that features an exclusive CVO suspension system. The 41.3mm telescopic fork comes with cartridge-style damping, and allows 4.6 inches of wheel travel. The modular designed steel swing arm features dual adjustable air shocks, and allows three inches of wheel travel. Hours in the cockpit will melt away as the scenery changes. The CVO Ultra features an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), in addition to the high-performance 12-inch Brembo front and rear brakes, to keep the massive 924-pound motorcycle under control. The 17-inch Roulette front wheel helps keep tracking smooth, while the 16-inch Roulette rear wheel is wrapped in five-inch Dunlop rubber, and provides stable cornering and comfort.
One of greatest joys of piloting a touring cruiser from Harley-Davidson can be found in the cockpit. With the CVO Ultra, that joy is transformed into euphoria, due to the plush suspended dual control heated seat with passenger backrest, and complementary adjustable rider backrest with shark print leather inserts. The chrome Stealth Collection rider footboard supports, and adjustable passenger footboard supports, both give ample leg support, and make accessing the foot controls a pleasurable experience. The Electra Glide's lightly smoked low windshield buffers against road debris, noise, and wind, giving the rider the best experience possible. Standard for the CVO version of this bike is the Rumble Collection, which upgrades the footboard inserts, provides heated grips, shifter pegs and chrome trim on everything from the windshield trim, to the saddlebag latch covers. Every detail of this bike has been given attention, providing superior fit and finish.
The chrome handlebars are just the beginning of the comfort in store for owners of this pleasure craft. The instrument panel features a spun aluminum metal-faced speedometer, tachometer, and new two-inch auxiliary gauges with backlighting. Expounding on the Ultra Classic Electra Glide, on the CVO Ultra, Harley-Davidson offers premium amenities from that model, such as a 160-watt CD/AM/FM/WB/MP3 Advanced Audio System by Harman-Kardon, CB and intercom, and passenger audio with controls, cruise control, plus standard XM Radio and integrated navigation system. The CVO Ultra is protected by the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with Smart Siren. The Deluxe Ultra King Tour-Pak features the Air Wing luggage rack, increased load capacity, new inserts, map pocket, plush liners, LED interior light and color-matched wrap-around lights. The Tour-Pak system includes power locks with integrated key fob activation. The CVO Ultra is offered in three exclusive color combinations: Ruby Red and Typhoon Maroon with Forge-tone graphics, Autumn Haze and High Octane Orange with Forge-tone graphics, and Stardust Silver and Twilight Blue with Forge-tone graphics. The vented lower fairings and inner fairing are color-matched to the selected paint scheme.
If you are in the market for the 2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, you are well aware that you are king of the road, and this bike provides you a throne that is second to none.