2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic | QuickShift
With Street Glide inspiration, details on this otherwise Full Dresser were changed to create an elegant bagger that belies its heft. Most obviously, the rear Tour Pak and plush Touring seat have been replaced by only a slim Badlander perch. The windshield is a minimized smoked affair, and whitewall tires are mounted on Harley-Davidson wire spoke wheels. Screamin’ Eagle pipes are throaty, without being obnoxious, and help the engine breathe more freely. Completing the minimalist concept is a reduction of most of the chrome, including the rails around the bags and fenders, replacing the turn signals with smaller bullet-type indicators and more elegant (and better performing) braided brake lines. As a slight departure, the front forks were enhanced with chrome—the driving lights were kept for both looks and safety. Utilizing the detachable Tour Pak and seat, this Electra Glide Classic is minutes from returning to its full-dress original glory, effectively giving the owner two bikes in one. All added parts came from the Harley-Davidson catalog.
EXHAUST AND SEAT
Screamin’ Eagle pipes look and sound good. The Badlander seat is “screamin’ uncomfortable”
but looks awesome—so who cares?
Minimized chrome, wire spoke wheels and whitewall tires complete the retro cool look.
Harley-Davidson’s FXRG clothing range is top notch. Beautifully supple hides are well cut, and feature removable linings and strong zippers that will last. Sleeves are ample length and do not ride up when arms are stretched.
Harley-Davidson’s Road Classic Open Face loses the “mushroom” look typical of shorty DOT helmets.
Surprisingly comfortable H-D FXRG-2 boots are safe and look good.