It’s been a while since I posted just about Motorcycles, and after a hectic couple of weeks, when I have not been feeling terribly positive, I thought I would explore some of the things that make me happy…

Apart from the remarkably special people in my life, another constant that has provided much enjoyment is the Harley Davidson FLH, better known as the Electra Glide…

The Electra Glide and I have a fair bit in common, the FLH is almost the same age, the first model having rolled off the production line in 1965. We are also about the same size and weight, and to the untrained eye, we are both not that attractive…

The Electra Glide name was intended to highlight that this bike was really advanced, it had Electric Start, and Twin Rear suspension, hence… “Electra Glide.” In my youth, whilst playing “Top Trumps” the Electra Glide held a special place in my heart. There was not another motorcycle in the deck of cards that I wanted as badly as that one..

As a fifty something, I can now say I’ve owned three Electra Glides, and my current bike the FLHR Road King is basically an Electra Glide with no fairing.

On paper the Electra Glide is not particularly spectacular. In fact many motorcyclists will pour scorn upon its abysmal performance. Back in the 1960’s there was nothing that could match the Electra Glide, but in 2019 you can buy a lighter, more economical, faster, smoother, better spec machine, with superb weather protection, and a plethora of gadgets for far less money than the huge Harley. Whatever you buy will also need less servicing, less regularly than the Harley FLH workhorse…

For me this is where it gets interesting. Because the Harley has basically evolved at a much slower pace. The 2019 Electra Glide is far closer to a 1965 Harley than you would expect. Riding an Electra Glide is therefore a Nostalgic experience, but there is more to my love affair than just Nostalgia.

The purpose of the Electra Glide was to be a large comfortable machine designed to effortlessly cover vast distances, a job it does very well. In the UK I covered 98,000 miles on my Electra Glide in rain, sleet, snow and ice…It always started, it always stopped (only just on ice) and it always looked beautiful to me, even after a whole day of riding through rain storm on a salt covered road.

The Harley Davidson Electra Glide is a very pure, very authentic Motorcycle. It wont break speed records like a Ninja, it won’t corner like a Ducati, it shouldn’t go 10,000 miles without a service like a Honda, and with it’s enormous bat wing fairing and huge screen it certainly won’t win any art awards like an MV Agusta. But… an Electra Glide makes me smile every time I see one, and at the end of every ride on an FLH, I can’t help but climb off and spend a few moments being grateful that I understand why this is such a great bike, even if not everyone else does….