Touring riders want it all: comfort, handling, big power, weather protection, and storage space. For years Harley-Davidson’s touring line of motorcycles, particularly the Electra Glides, have provided those requirements. The Ultra Limited carries the same batwing fairing of the ’Glides, but as the Limited designation implies, riders can expect more. Thanks to the Project Rushmore upgrades first seen in the 2014 model year, the Ultra Limited delivers first-class accommodations and the technological features touring riders expect. Just take a look at the infotainment system and the LED Daymaker headlight, if you’re unsure. The 2017 model year brings some big changes to the Ultra in the form of an all-new engine and upgraded suspension which combine to make the Ultra’s riding experience even more pleasurable.
For 2017, the Ultra Limited receives the Twin-Cooled version of the 107c.i. Milwaukee-Eight engine. While the Ultra Limited has utilized the Twin-Cooled version of the Twin Cam 103 engine since 2014, the new engine alters the landscape with more than just the claimed 113.6 lb-ft torque peak at 3,250 rpm – a bump of 2.2 lb-ft over the regular Milwaukee-Eight 107. The Ultra Limited’s engine, like all M-E mills, has four-valve heads for increased efficiency and power. A 55mm throttle body flows the full mixture into the heads, and the hot gasses exit via a redesigned exhaust system that locates the catalytic converter further away from the rider and passenger for cooler riding. Thanks to knock sensors and aggressive ignition timing, the exhaust gasses themselves are cooler as they exit the cylinders and assist in reducing the heat that reaches the rider.
Read More Here: 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited First Ride Review