There are plenty of touring bikes out there, but few can compare to Harley-Davidson’s offerings, especially the 2011 H-D Road Glide Ultra. The unique styling sets the motorcycle apart from the crowd from the get-go, and riding the bike makes it obvious that the Ultra is one of the most versatile touring bikes to hit the market in 2011. The Road Glide has been around since 1980, but this is the debut model for the Ultra trim level, which packs additional motorbike accessories to make the ride even more ideal for extended trips.
The bike is pretty massive size-wise, and it weighs a whopping 888 pounds, but you’ll hardly notice. The handling is dynamic and responsive, making it second nature to weave through traffic and navigate curvy roads. With an air-cooled, Twin Cam 103cc engine and electronic sequential port fuel injection, there is plenty of “oomph” for your next big adventure, and you’ll be sure to appreciate the 102 ft.-lbs. of torque that provide the growling power you’d expect from any Harley.
When it comes to long-distance travel, the Road Glide Ultra offers many advantages. First, you won’t need to stop off at too many gas stations, as the bike gets an impressive 54 miles to the gallon on the highway. This drops down to about 34 mpg in stop-and-go traffic. There is also plenty of cargo room so you can bring all the supplies you’ll need for your getaway. There are two hard-case saddle bags and one rear-mounted storage unit with 2.26 cubic feet of space – each of which is entirely waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about loading and unloading everything you own when you stop for the night.
Harley included a new seat for the Road Glide Ultra that features a deeper contoured bucket, which sits lower than seats on other models. It is also designed to provide back support for the rider and a passenger. The rear seat has a high back and wrap-around arm rests so they can feel like they’re riding in the utmost luxury. The handlebars are wide-set to provide comfort to your arms without sacrificing safety or control.
The Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra is, like most Harleys, a reliable machine that will not break down at every turn. So you can ride with confidence on a longer trip without having to pinpoint every potential mechanic and dealership along your way.