Pros: Solid, comfortable, powerful
Cons: A bit old but still strong
2000 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic
I am still window shopping for a bike after my serious accident on I-20 last June that totaled my 2006 Heritage Softail Classic and kept me in the hospital for over 5 weeks and still recovering as I write this. The bike is totaled and I have a lawyer working on the case but I need to remember that the bike isn't paid for yet so I need to be patient. That's why I'm looking at good used bikes that are a little more affordable.
The Electra Glide Ultra Classic, is Harley's flagship model with complete touring gear including hard saddle bags and trunk as well as fairing in the front. The FLHTCUI is Harley-speak for Big Twin Ultra Classic with fuel injection.
For those unfamiliar with the Harley line, this Ultra Classic Electra Glide is called a full dress or touring model with touring luggage and fiberglas fairing and big old captain chair-like seats made of supple soft leather. The Ultra Classic is the top of the H-D line. The bike has cruise control and every sort of bell and whistle you can imagine.
The 2000 Big Twin displaces 88 cubic inches, I've had two 88 cubic inchers, and this one has sequential port fuel injection to boot, which was optional for 2000. The tranny is five speed which is a good proven gear box that can cruise all day at highway speeds. The engine is silver powder coat with chrome covers.
Full instrumentation is mounted in the distinctive batwing fairing, including 40 watt stereo with CD player and CB radio and intercom and gauges, including speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, volt meter, ambient temperature, gasoline, etc.
You fill the five-gallon fuel tank through a single cap under a big chrome disk where the speedometer usually sits on regular Big Twin Harleys.
There is an intercom so you can plug your helmet(s) in and you and your passenger communicate thru your helmets. The intercom gives you clear voice communication and cuts the stereo out when you speak. There is also CB Citizen's Band where you can broadcast to your biker bros, if you are traveling in a pack. That makes it real convenient to coordinate route changes, pit stops, and rest stops.
The bike starts simply by turning on the key switch, and waiting a few seconds until the electronic fuel pump pressurizes the fuel injectors. A quick hit on the start button brings the big beast to life RRR WHUMP-WHUMP - WHUMP-WHUMP - let her warm up a minute or two and you can drop her into gear and ride off because of the fuel injection and electronic ignition which give motorcycle riding a new feel to those who haven't had an injected bike before. The old carbureted bikes needed a longer warm up period that these newer fuel injected ones don't.
The gear box holds five forward speeds but somehow that overdrive gear (fifth) seems to work out OK. The roughly 100 pounds-feet of torque (turning force) provide brisk acceleration and the dual leading disks and single rear disk provide great stopping power.
The bike gets about 45 miles per gallon which will make you love riding your Harley even more in these days of $4.00 gas. ;>
My fellow bike riders will love this Ultra Classic Electra Glide. It is just beautiful.
Always wear appropriate clothing and safety gear, boots, helmet, eye protection, and gloves when riding your motorcycle.