HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE ULTRA LIMITED (2013-on) Review (2022)

HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE ULTRA LIMITED (2013-on) Review (1)

MCN rating 4 out of 5 (4/5)

Owners' rating 4 out of 5 (4/5)

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE ULTRA LIMITED (2013-on) Review (2)

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At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £830
Power: 110 bhp
Seat height: Low (29.1 in / 740 mm)
Weight: High (878 lbs / 398 kg)

Prices

New£21,395

Used£12,000 - £20,000

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Overall rating

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Don’t be misled by the new Glide’s seemingly unchanged looks. While the styling may be familiar (and largely sacrosanct according to Harley bosses) the vast majority of the bike is all-new. To be exact, there are over 100 changes, making this the biggest revision of the famous ElectraGlide since it first gained its ‘batwing’ fairing in 1969.
What’s more, these changes include everything, from wheels, brakes and suspension, to clocks and fairing, and, most revolutionary of all, the introduction of water-cooling for the first time on a ‘classic’ Hog.
On the other hand, however, not much has changed at all. If you were ever in any doubt that Harley was a conservative company, the ‘new’ ElectraGlide should be the convincer.
Harley has successfully moved the Electra Glide on and this is, unquestionably, the best Glide ever – but it’s not by as much as those 100-odd changes suggest.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine

3 out of 5 (3/5)

Forks go from 43mm to 49mm, new 10-spoke ‘Impeller’ wheels shave 5Kg while ABS brakes feature a new Guzzi/Honda CBS-style linked brake system where foot pedal partially operates the front and the lever partially the rear.
Again, however, it’s hard to tell. The Glide still handles surprisingly well for a big ol’ bus, albeit one you can eventually provoke into a high-speed squirm should you feel the need. That said, the bigger disc-ed and now linked brakes are, truly, a meaty improvement over the old. They’re not race-track good, obviously, but they’re ample and adequate. On this evidence, no longer will we be able to criticise Harleys for lamentable stoppers.

Engine

Next up: Reliability

3 out of 5 (3/5)

The familiar pushrod V-twin gets uprated high-flow airbox and, revolutionally, on the Limited model, water-cooling for the first time - albeit subtly so. Twin rads hidden in fairing lowers feed water-channels around exhaust port.
So, yes, the engines are ‘new’, but none of it makes much difference nor changes the fact that this is still the same, basic, pushrod V-twin that’s been around since the ‘80s. And although Harley claims peak torque and power has been upped by around 7%, I couldn’t notice any change.
In 55mph U.S.A. more power isn’t srictly necessary (although it’d have been nice – having to occasionally cog down twice to find some uphil overtaking go highlights the limitations of the ancient Milwaukee twin). In Europe it seems lagging compared to the latest Triumphs, Indians, Guzzis and more.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value

3 out of 5 (3/5)

Old style they may be, but Harleys have always been pretty rugged and reliable with thick paint and chrome and there’s little reason to doubt this will be any different. One word of warning, however: much is new about this version in areas (electronics, liquid-cooling) new to Harley so time will tell.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

Yup, upwards of 21 grand and, I’m sorry, for an undeveloped, unsophisticated retro bike with last generation performance that’s taking the Mick, no matter how good its residuals…

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

All-new bodywork includes a new fairing vent here, a larger headlight ‘eyebrow’ there and a more cut-down front fender underneath. But short of parking old and new versions side by side you’d never notice. While new one-handed operation pannier and top box catches are welcome, but also isn’t much different from before. But the new ‘Infotainment’ touchscreen display, not to mention the standard clocks and reworked switchgear are, truly, a new standard being great looking, comprehensive (stereo, mp3 link, built in satnav, bluetooth and more), intuitive and, even for an old dinosaur like me, easy to use.

Specs

Engine size1690cc
Engine typeLiquid-cooled, pushrod, fuel-injected, 45º V-twin, 6 gears, belt drive
Frame typeTubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity22.7 litres
Seat height740mm
Bike weight398kg
Front suspension49mm telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspensionTwin shocks with preload adjust
Front brake2 x 300mm discs with 4-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake300mm disc with 2-piston caliper rear, linked, ABS
Front tyre size130 x 17
Rear tyre size180 x 16

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption42 mpg
Annual road tax£101
Annual service cost£830
New price£21,395
Used price£12,000 - £20,000
Insurance group17 of 17
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Warranty termTwo year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power110 bhp
Max torque101 ft-lb
Top speed120 mph
1/4 mile acceleration-
Tank range212 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2013: Model introduced

Other versions

Road King Classic: New version of popular ‘50s style ‘bagger’ with plexi screen uses aircooled version of revised, ‘High Output’ Twin cam 103ci V-twin, Halogen headlights, and wire wheels.

Street Glide: Harley’s best selling bike in 2012 and, it claims, the world’s best-selling tourer gets sharp, ‘Enforcer’ alloy wheels and all the Glide mods but uses 4.3in ‘info’ system and Halogen lights.

ElectraGlide Ultra Classic: Air-cooled motor, 4.3in info system, satin finish fairing inner, plain alloy wheels, plus no top box rack or heated hand grips, but otherwise identical to the top-of-the-range Limited

ElectraGlide Ultra Limited: Range-topper of standard range features new ‘Twin Cooled’ water-cooled engine (so losing compartments in fairing lowers, but has larger 6.5in touchscreen, gloss fairing inner, chromed wheels, luggage rack and heated grips.

CVO ElectraGlide Ultra Limited: Top spec version takes Limited and enhances it with a larger, 110ci displacement, backlit hand and dash controls, pull-out luggage bags, and a host of cosmetic touches. CVO versions of Harley’s Softail Deluxe (£23,195), Road King (£24,995) and Breakout (£21,995) are also available in 2014.

Owners' reviewsfor the HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE (2013 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE (2013 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE (2013 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Engine: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £830

4 out of 5 Mr

19 December 2021 by Dave A

Version: Ultra Limited Low

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £350

Really comfortable on long distances, not that quick on Motorways, surprisingly low top speed, handing defied its bulk but defiantly a chunky bike to move round, Boom intercom nav and phone works great.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Not exactly the quickest, cruise and comfort great. 'Brilliant' LED headlight

Engine 3 out of 5

Vibrated (thats a feature!) show and poor gearbox.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Never had a problem with it, one recall with Oil seal on transmission / clutch completed no hassle.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

For a simple engine not cheap!

Equipment 5 out of 5

Everything you want to have a good day out touring two up

Buying experience: Cant fault them

2 out of 5 Unreliable

26 October 2021 by Elixier22

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £3,000

I like the look at the bike but I thought the front of it was seriously ugly. Obviously it's not all about looks

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

The quality of the brakes are little to be desired they feel mushy at best and poor at worst.

Engine 2 out of 5

Engine is OK but not particularity powerful. Poor thing works so hard to get so little out of it.

Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

Endless problems with electrical and and things getting loose or rusting. I don't really have time to sit here and clean it every 5-minutes in my opinion it's not going well built.

Value vs rivals 2 out of 5

Arise an awful lot and it's not on her door for me to do 30000 miles in a year that said I found it very difficult to put mileage on this bike it was extremely unreliable constantly at the side of the road fixing things and in the end I just gave up completely. It's also a standing how hot these things get when your stationery not difficult to burn yourself on the side of the bike and not difficult for the flight to overheat and destroy itself unless you're moving you could really get yourself into trouble in traffic in hot weather and honestly what's up with that strange wobble when you get to any sort of Speed on a motorway I don't want to be riding and have to save myself from an accident because my bike doesn't want to go in a straight line. I thought it was me all my tyres or something to do with something I was doing turns out that lots of harley-davidson's do this get to about 70 mph and you get the Warblers death absolutely ridiculousThere are so many good things about this bike but motive it's just average then I just went out and bought myself a Goldwing even the lower tier of Goldwing was better than this and more reliable even the GL 1500 which is so old compared to this did a better job at just about everything. I never had to tweak anything I never had to spend time at the side of the road reconnecting battery cables or greasing them or fixing melted wires back together I spent more time riding and much less time fixing things. I didn't have to worry about my bum going numb after 20-minutes or burning myself on the side of the bike. Don't get me wrong it's a lovely bike but I think those that needs tour the country or need it for work or need to get around need to get something a bit more reliable and for me that was a Goldwing. The gl1800 are even better. I just don't think Harley-Davidson have managed to keep up with the competition and they certainly don't manufacture things like they used to this bike is extremely unreliable and that's ultimately what causes to separate and why I don't have the best opinion of Harley's anymore.

Equipment 3 out of 5

I like the space in the Trunk.

Buying experience: Dealer

5 out of 5 Great touring bike with a special heritage

12 March 2021 by Kevin M

Version: Limited

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £250

The best thing about the Electraglide is the way it makes you feel. This is a piece of American history. It's also the comfiest bike I've ever ridden. Sit back, turn up the music and the miles just vanish. Just as importantly for me, the pillion experience is just as good. My wife sometimes nods off! It feels comfortable and the wrap around pillow backrest keeps her secure. Luggage capacity is epic. A medium size suitcase worth. The engine is adequate but never exciting, but hey sit back and enjoy the journey.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Best at long trips. Soft, comfortable suspension. Great weather protection and a loud music system. Perfect

Engine 4 out of 5

Fine for touring. We have the 107 which is a significant improvement over the 103 but it could still do with a bit more power

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

7,000 miles and no issues so far

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Equipment 5 out of 5

Sound system, built in sat nav, seats, heated grips (very hot), comfy suspension, luggage capacity. We bough extra bags for touring but in truth it didn't need them. It's got loads of luggage capacity (we weren't camping).

Buying experience: Dealer. £22,000. Go to d experience. Always friendly and efficient

5 out of 5 Happiness on a Harley

18 May 2020 by Bob Bogle

Version: Ultra Limited

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £300

Know what you're getting into before you buy - a heavyweight luxury tourer but not cutting edge (mine is a 2014) but well resolved, more than powerful enough and extremely comfortable....and the only touring bike my 6ft6 son would fit on pillion comfortably and safely (he has additional needs) but adores the Ultra.Plus - it's a Harley.I was a late starter to biking - CBT at 47, Direct Access at 48 to a 1200 Sportster and then nine months later onto an Ultra to accommodate my son on pillion.To be frank, spent first six months of ownership getting used to the sheer weight of the beast at low speeds but my lack of biking experience was more of an issue rather than the bike itself - am now after two years' riding the Ultra, much more confident and relaxed with it. As for the riding experience, it has changed my life and even more so my son's - we can easily go for 200-300 mile rides in comfort, listening to the radio, his "interesting" playlists (ranging from Steppenwolf to The Archers...I can always turn the volume down independently to the pillion's thankfully) and all the while chatting through the integrated wired intercom, the latter hugely important for our relationship. Being on the Ultra is his happiest place, which makes it mine too.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride quality depends a lot on settings for rear air suspension and personal taste/use.Some long-term and serial owners swap the air for regular progressive suspension but I've never felt the need - always very comfortable and handy on bends.Brakes much improved over earlier models - progressive and positive - and linked front to back only above 25mph...handy when the rear's so handy for tying the bike down at low speeds.

Engine 5 out of 5

More than enough power and plentiful torque - with progressive and smooth delivery - for what I need the bike to do.What might seem rumbly at idle soon smooths out as you pull away.I have stayed with the standard fit exhausts - I often ride two-up and it seems counter-productive to have noisier pipes in company...but as they are they're more than loud enough to let other road users know of your presence. Am getting about 220-250 from each tank.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

As the first twin-cooled Harley engine, the water pump failed and was replaced under warranty for the new pattern part as fitted to subsequent model year bikes.Have picked up a couple of very small stone chips on the front fender.Beautifully executed chrome that does need regular care and attention to keep it that way but then tis a Harley and for me the responsibility of chrome is part of the ownership experience.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Always use the local (and supplying) dealer - West Coast Harley, Glasgow.Not cheap to buy but PCP cheaper than you might think thanks to the very impressive residuals. Main dealer servicing may be more expensive than elsewhere but always great and very trusted service including lots of free expert advice.Parts can be expensive but again tis a premium marque.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Tis an Ultra Limited after all. In common with many others' opinion, the option of. reverse gear would have been ideal - tis a 500kg bike in practice and I'm 5ft10 and not a muscle man! Once delivered, I parked it on folded carpet and let it carefully drop down onto its engine bars to make sure I could lift it up again on my own....remarkably easy once you know how and worth making sure you can do it on your own just in case.Huge amount of storage in the panniers and touring box with original fit bags too.Sat nav easily updated, no less than three charging points (one inside the rear box), excellent mobile phone integration (with its own storage compartment in the dash), cruise control and very decent standard multi-speaker system. The only thing I haven't used is the integrated CB radio (no longer fitted to current models due to the prevalence of aforementioned mobile phones etc). The only thing I would add is Apple CarPlay as fitted to the latest versions but I'm being picky now.

Buying experience: Bought a couple of years ago from West Coast Harley when I traded in my 1200 Sportster. Very good relationship with the dealership and staff and they made sure I could access a suitable deal to secure the Ultra at a decent price. I realise non-franchise dealers may be cheaper but there's great additional value having a dealership who you know and trust, they know your bike and just as importantly know you as an individual. I have had loads of excellent advice and bits of occasional minor work carried out for free as well as a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment to visit with my son.

4 out of 5 Serious tourer, all the comforts.

01 March 2020 by Graeme Whitelaw

Version: Ultra Limited two tone.

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £269

Love the bike, so very comfortable, a bit of a handful under 7 mph, the weight kicks in. I am 6ft 4 and not a skinny man and I feel it. Almost 3/4 of a ton with the two of us on it. Over the slow speeds, you would never notice the weight unless you try to move quickly in a change of direction, its not crazy with it, its just you feel the mass. It can tramp on believe me, I have had all kinds of bikes, from ZX12r and FJ1200 etc I still have 16 other bikes so no novice. A few 600 riders have been surprised with the handling and speed it can attain and hold even two up on the twisties, so long as you are smooth with it, no sudden changes in direction, it is fun.It should have a reverse gear, even as an option, its definitely needs a reverse gear. I would recommend to anyone to at least get a test ride on one, they will surprise you as it did me.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes very good and handles very well for such a heavy bike, it does have its limits with that weight, but never slid from me yet and I do not hang about on it. Super comfy seat, My wife just loves it, pretty sure i heard her snoring a few times.

Engine 5 out of 5

Torque galore from the 107 Milwaukee 8 engine, love it coming out of bends and opening it up, pulls very well. We are always two up.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Always starts, slow starter as they all are, but sounds cool as it does it. Never had any issues, no warranty work needed as I write.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Averages about 40, would get more if I was easier on it, but with all that torque you can help yourself but to pin it, even two up, pulls like a freight train. Tank range varies, from 220 to near 300 miles depending on yer wrist. £269 for the 5000 mile service, not done it yet. Bike only at 4400. Every 5000 miles you service, no time limit I believe.

Equipment 5 out of 5

All the toys, cruise, sat nav, heated grips are simply superb, 1 is enough for me, goes up to 5 or 6 i believe. Very comfy standard seat. Music system sounds excellent, can still hear it at 60. Needs a reverse gear, no reason not to have one with a bike at this weight.

Buying experience: Bought from Edinburgh Harley in 2018, Gary the salesman was excellent, never thought I would buy a Harley, seriously, never ever, but I love it. I would buy another, the 117 next for me on a CVO version.

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