Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classica vs. Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager - Tour De Divorce
Pairing Up This Year's Two Hottest Traveling Companions
By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Jamie Elvidge, Kevin Wing
2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide | Price: $19,919 (As Tested: $20,984)
|Engine type: a-c 45-deg. V-twin||Rear brake: Single Brembo four-piston caliper, 300mm disc||Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 47/35/41 mpg|
|Valve train: OHV, 4v||Front tire: 130/80-B17 Dunlop D407||Availability: Now|
|Displacement: 1584cc||Rear tire: 180/65-B16 Dunlop D407||Warranty: 24 mo./unlimited mi.|
|Bore x stroke: 92.25 x 111.25mm||Rake/trail: 26.0 deg./6.7 in.||Contact: |
Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
3700 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
|Compression: 9.2:1||Seat height: 27.3 in.|
|Fuel system: EFI||Wheelbase: 63.5 in.|
|Clutch: Wet, multi-plate||Fuel capacity: 6.0 gal.|
|Transmission: 6-speed||Weight (tank full/empty): 877/841 lbs.|
|Frame: Steel double cradle||Measured horsepower: 64.0 bhp @ 5250 rpm|
|Front suspension: 41.3mm Showa fork||Measured torque: 78.3 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm|
|Rear suspension: Twin Showa shocks with air-adjustable preload||Corrected 1/4-mile: 14.57 sec. @ 87.97 mph|
|Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 300mm discs||Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 13.95 sec.|
Output is woefully insufficient for an 877-pound motorcycle, but the 64 horsepower the 96-cubic-inch Electra Glide produces is certainly an improvement over the older 88-c.i. mill. The torque curve is admirable, however, with over 70 lb.-ft. available from idle on up to 4500 rpm.
The Harley is the king of comfort. Firm, well-contoured saddle and perfectly placed floorboards aside, the new frame and suspension make the ride noticeably smoother. The smaller windscreen and lack of leg protection are the only places the Harley falls short of the Kawasaki.
By Jamie Elvidge
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