Harley-Davidson. In typical motorcycle circles, the name alone is enough to paint a picture of timeless design and devoted owners. Consistently ranked as one of the most recognizable brands in the world and renowned for their iconic and often-copied motorcycle design, Harley-Davidson celebrates their 110th anniversary in 2013. The cruiser-style motorcycle is consistently one of the best-selling types of bikes in the United States, and Harley’s heavyweight, big V-twin motorcycles designed for cruising are exemplified in the 2013 Electra Glide, a full-dress tourer with loads of cruiser style and, of course, that distinctive Harley-Davidson sound.
The 2013 Electra Glide is Harley’s flagship touring motorcycle which firmly shows where the company’s roots are. Tourers are typically similar in their large-displacement engines, big fuel tanks that allow for almost endless cruising, ample fairings and windscreens for maximum wind deflection, and voluminous luggage space, typically in color-matched hard bags mounted on the sides and rear. There is usually plenty of room for both driver and passenger, and both can enjoy the scenery while seated securely in an upright position. The 2013 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is all of the above and more, being a thoroughly modern touring motorcycle with a full complement of electronic and security features. There is no more luxurious way to experience the freedom of the open road than with the 2013 Electra Glide.
There are no mechanical upgrades to the 2013 Electra Glide engine, a testament to its tried, true, and well-loved reputation. Driven by the air-cooled, fuel-injected Twin Cam 103 cubic inch power plant, the Electra Glide classic produces 100 lb-ft of torque at 3500 revolutions per minute (rpm). There is a truckload of punchy power down low for passing, climbing hills, or rolling on the throttle cruising through town. An additional 18 lb-ft of torque are available with the Electra Glide Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Ultra Classic, which has an engine that has been factory modified with Harley’s in-house Screamin’ Eagle performance accessories. All Electra Glide engines sport an integrated oil cooler, as well, so the optimum temperature is always achieved.
The Electra Glide is quintessential Harley-Davidson full-dress tourer, so it has a standard 4.52 cubic feet of storage and all the modern conveniences that serious touring riders expect: electronic speedometer with odometer, tachometer with fuel, voltage, oil pressure and ambient air temperature gauges, CD player/stereo with clock, dual trip meter, low fuel indicator light, low oil pressure indicator light, mileage countdown feature, engine diagnostics readout, 6-speed indicator light, and neutral gear indicator. Visibility is also a premium with the Electra Glide and standard lights include high beam, running lights, front fender running lights, directional light bar, and bright LED indicator lights. Optional features that can be added include a security system, cruise control, and ABS.
Options are the name of the game with Harley-Davidson, and off of the showroom floor it can be rare to see two identical Harleys. With over 10,000 Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories available for customization, the possibilities are nearly endless. The 2013 Electra Glide is a premium touring-style motorcycle that is an excellent starting point for long-distance riders looking for classic looks, modern engineering, and that legendary Harley-Davidson mystique.