2009 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic FLHTCUI
Thanks to the new frame and improved handling, the only time you notice the additional weight is while accelerating. With 66.4 horsepower at 4,900 rpm our 2009 test bike makes about four more ponies at the rear wheel than our 2008 model, and torque is up about a lb-ft as well, to 78.5 at 3,600 rpm. Still, hauling just the Ultra and rider around with the same power as Harleys weighing two-thirds as much tends to be more of a leisurely than arm-straightening experience. Add the weight of a passenger and that additional luggage and you’ll quickly understand why Harley-Davidson sells so many performance enhancements for its engines. The only time the lack of power is a genuine downer is while riding two-up and fully loaded, maybe getting stuck behind a slow truck on an uphill grade. In this case you’ll need much more time to pass than you would on more powerful machines. And the Harley still requires premium unleaded and doesn’t get especially impressive fuel economy-we averaged about 34 mpg, for a range of approximately 202 miles from its six-gallon tank. (key # C2)
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