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The Touring Range
The Harley Davidson Electra Glide is part of the Touring range and is one of the most popular Harley Davidson models. With its large seat, ability to carry luggage and general capacity, the Harley Davidson Electra Glide is built for long distance comfort and not rugged speed. The Harley Davidson Electra Glide still however has style and can be identified by its front fairing and wide seat. The latest Electra Glide models are packed with leading design and technology - are good at manoeuvring despite their size, smooth at accelerating and building up speed, then comfortable and luxurious at high speed cruising. The Electra Glide's twin cam 1584cc engine is powerful, the paint finish is of the highest quality and the Electra Glide comes with options and features such as CD player with four speakers, alarm, a trunk, saddlebags, engine guards and floorboards.
First introduced in 1965, the Harley Davidson Electra Glide was powered by the Panhead engine. The Electra Glide was the first of all Harley Davidson motorcycles to be fitted with an electric starter, meaning no more kick-start lever problems. The increased weight may have slightly hampered the performance of the Harley Davidson Electra Glide however the following year in 1966 the engine was redesigned featuring Sportster style cylinder heads, providing an additional 10% power. This new engine was named ‘Shovelhead’ and saw the end of the Panhead engine. In 1969 a fork mounted fairing was made available on the Harley Davidson Electra Glide and became known as the ‘Batwing’ fairing. Throughout the following year little changed apart from the generator being replaced by an alternator.
The Harley Davidson Electra Glide used the same frame from 1980 through to 2009 with only the slightest of upgrades. In 2009 its frame was completely revamped and can be distinguished by the steering head in front of the forks. It was also the initial Harley Davidson frame to use a rubber mounted frame, to alleviate some of the vibration of the V twin engine. In 1994, the frame was slightly adjusted to allow the oil tank to go under the transmission and the battery was positioned under the seat (from under the saddlebag) and in 1997 the frame was again changed to accommodate a larger battery (still positioned under the seat). The engine in the Harley Davidson Electra Glide was originally 1210 cc, however from 1978 the larger engine was made available on the Electra Glide (1300 cc) and by 1981 made standard.
Used By Several Police Agencies
The Harley Davidson Electra Glide has been used by several police departments and agencies through the US. Iowa State Patrol, Chicago and Los Angeles Police departments all have used the Harley Davidson Electra Glide, highlighting its level of reliability and performance. Modern examples of the Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle boast ABS (anti lock braking systems), cruise control, a 6 gallon fuel tank, a new frame and a new engine mounting system. These upgrades have benefited the Harley Davidson Electra Glide rider to a larger load carrying capacity, superior road handling, a smooth (less vibrating) engine and longer distant touring (due to the increased fuel capacity).