2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic Reviews

2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic

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2009 Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle Ultra Classic

Oct 10, 2009 (Updated Oct 10, 2009)
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Pros:Deluxe, Comfortable, Powerful, Beautiful

Cons:Expensive

The Bottom Line: A fully decked out Electra Glide with everything - big inch motor, custom paint, and chrome like you seldom see.  Get one and I'll meet you on the highway!


Harley-Davidson 2009 Ultra Classic Screaming Eagle FLHTCUSE

The CVO line of Harley-Davidson's stands for Custom Vehicle Operations. That division takes a selected number of bikes each model year from a few categories and builds them essentially by hand using a small crew of workers, usually only a couple per bike.  The CVO bikes are also called Screaming Eagles with appropriate appointments and markings.

The Electra Glide Ultra Classic is Harley's flagship model with complete touring gear including hard saddle bags and trunk as well as bat wing fairing in the front with full instrumentation, stereo, and cruise control. The Screaming Eagle edition of the Ultra Classic is a special model that has a 110 cubic inch high performance engine and other custom features that drives the price up to a lofty $36,000, but what a lot you get for your money!

One of these motorcycles has not only the entire option list from the Harley Touring model line, but the big bore 110 cubic inch Screaming Eagle high performance motor complete with tuned dual exhaust and fuel injection.

For those unfamiliar with the Harley line, this Ultra Classic Electra Glide is known as a Touring model with Fiberglas storage compartments and fairing and large cushy captain chair seats and backrests made of supple soft leather.  

The Ultra Classic model is the top o' the line but the Screaming Eagle package adds even more bells and whistles and chrome on chrome finish. The CVO Ultra Classic has full instrumentation, cruise control, heated seats, and heated hand grips, in supple glove soft leather.

One of the most striking features of a Screaming Eagle bike is the custom paint that makes each bike a unique custom, well at least unless your best friend buys an exact duplicate; then you'd clash. But these come in three distinct paint sets emphasizing this model year.  Each paint job has two main colors and at least one accent color plus pin striping on all parts of the bike. The paint job would easily run $3 - $4,000 more than the standard Ultra Classic paint job. This one is based on Autumn Haze and High Octane Orange (see pic) with sliver accent slashes and coordinated pin striping. The paint looks really great and the other colors are based on red/maroon and blue/silver; simply gorgeous.

The 2009 Big Twin displaces 96 cubic inches; that is the standard version. The 2009 Screaming Eagle upgrade increases the displacement to 110 cubic inches or roughly 1800 CC.  110 cubic inches, built with cams, heads, and fuel injection, pulling 113 lbs/ft of torque in factory trim.

The transmission is the latest six speed Cruise Drive which gives you that top gear for cruising at 75 mph or above. Just slip it into cruise control when you have it in 6th and watch the miles roll by. Final drive is by Aramid belt that is trouble free.

The bike is chromed out like nothing you've seen unless you have been watching these Screaming Eagles as they are truly a wonder of the motor vehicle world. The engine is flawlessly finished in granite powder coat and every outside part is chrome plated. Chrome mag wheels of the Roulette design, wide tires (180 rear, 130 front), and equipped with Brembo 4-piston hydraulic disk brakes (ABS available) fore and aft brings the bike down from speed in a hurry.

Full instrumentation including 160-watt Advanced Audio System by Harmon/Kardon, a CB and intercom, passenger audio with controls, standard XM radio, and full gauges - speedo, tachometer, oil pressure, volt meter, ambient temperature, gasoline, etc. are mounted in the fairing, all with chrome nacelles setting off the polished aluminum Screaming Eagle gauge faces. The instrument cluster looks like something from NASA.

You fill the six-gallon fuel tank through a single lockable cap under a big chrome disk where the speedometer usually sits on older Big Twin Harleys.

The new frame and exhaust system adds handling and comfort above older Electra Glides and is a big improvement with less flexing of the frame and swing arm, less vibration, and less annoying heat from the rear cylinder whose pipe is now routed under the frame. Very much improved from the creature comfort perspective.  

The bike starts simply by turning on the key switch, and waiting a few seconds until the electronic fuel pump pressurizes the injectors. Press down the compression releases and punch the start button and the beast comes to life. With the fuel injection, you have a more tractable motor when it's cold but I still make sure it warms up a little because 900 pounds of bike is awful heavy without power.

Once it was running smoothly, I dropped her into first gear and eased out on the hydraulic clutch - another custom feature.  The hydraulic clutch takes a little getting used to because it doesn't have the typical friction zone that a manual clutch has so it either grabs or is disengaged, not much in between. A little experimentation and my skills adapted and I went for a ride around town.  On the surface streets with the stop and go traffic, I usually don't get above fourth gear.  Once I get outside the perimeter on the expressway I can get it up into fifth and finally sixth but you need some open space because the wheels are turning almost the same speed as the motor in sixth. That makes it difficult to accelerate without downshifting unless you are above 70 mph.  I know, it's illegal to speed, so I typically stay in fifth gear and put it in cruise control. ;>

The transmission is great, smoothly shifting up and down with no drama. The radio sounds good and you can easily find something to listen to with the XM Satellite radio.

The bike gets about 45 miles per gallon which is a lot better than a cage (automobile) in these days of expensive gas. 

I didn't want to turn it back in, but I have to until I save the money.  Be the first on your block to get a 2009 Harley CVO Ultra Classic Screaming Eagle!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 36,000
Condition: New
Model Year: 2009

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