The big change for the 2012 Harley Davidson Touring line up is the 103 motor is now standard equipment. Every touring model from the Street Glide to the Ultra Limited gets the 103. Also worth mentioning, is the 103 now comes standard on many of the Soft Tails and Dynas as well.
More horse power and torque is especially helpful on a heavyweight touring bike that is likely to be ridden two up and loaded down with luggage.
The 103 has been around since 2005 and first came as standard equipment on Police Road Kings and Electra Glides. That makes a lot of sense. If a motor can stand up to the abuse of Police duty, civilian use is a piece of cake.
While the power difference isn’t night and day, ridden back to back with a 2010 Electra Glide, you can feel the extra power right off idle as you take off in first from a stop light. Roll-on performance as in a passing situation is considerably better too. On level ground, sixth gear is now usable from 58 mph on up. My 2010 Electra Glide with the 96 motor needed at least 64 mph before sixth gear felt comfortable.
In my opinion, the Electra Glide Classic is the best buy in Harley’s touring line up. You get the killer Harman/Kardon stereo, a full set of gauges including a tach, crash guards on the rear which protect the saddlebags in case of a tip over and a huge tour pack.
While a lot of people prefer the sportier look of a Street Glide due to the absence of the tour pack, keep in mind a quick release kit is available for the Electra Glide Classic. With that kit, you have the best of both worlds; a sporty look for around town and plenty of luggage capacity and passenger comfort for longer rides.
Whether you’re riding locally or heading for the next State, this bike will get you there in complete comfort. Barely any vibration reaches the rider or passenger.
High speed handling took a giant leap forward when the frame was redesigned in 2009. Low speed handling and maneuverability increased as well with the new frame allowing a greater lean angle before the floor boards touch down. Considering its 850 lb. weight, the Electra Glide handles the twisties with ease.
The riding position is just right for any distance ride. Both the rider and passenger seat offer all day comfort and a fairly low seat height of 29 inches allows most riders to put their feet flat on the ground.
For 2012, the Electra Glide Classic is available in vivid black, brilliant silver pearl, ember red sunglo, and two-tone birch white/midnight pearl. ABS is available, packaged with the security system for $1,195 and well worth the extra cash in my opinion. MSRP starts at $19,499.
If you’re looking for a great touring bike with all the luxury features and the classic American style, look no further than the Electra Glide Classic. For a test ride and a closer look, head to Crystal River Harley Davidson at 1785 S. Suncoast Blvd. Homosassa FL 34448 or call 352.563.9900. Tell em Motorman sent ya.