If the delivered pressure was more than 50 psi, the shock’s preload seals were blown out, reducing the air pressure to zero. Fans of Harley’s touring models will remember that the previous generation Ultra Limited used air-adjustable preload. Touring is about racking up the miles while still enjoying creature comforts. Where many new model years deliver moderate, iterative upgrades, the 2017 Ultra Limited feels like a different motorcycle with the boost in power and handling. Once underway, vibration is not an issue until the upper reaches of the rpm range. The design strategy is to have the fork’s initial travel firm enough to keep the tire in better contact with the road over smaller pavement irregularities, while the fork’s valves flow the large amounts of oil required to absorb the big hits of broken pavement. While still appearing to be the same 49mm standard fork on the outside, it received Showa’s new valve-bending technology to damp fork travel. The front feels more solid on turn-in and under braking. While some heat was still apparent on the right thigh in stop-and-go traffic, it was significantly reduced from the Twin Cam era. © 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved. Just take a look at the infotainment system and the LED Daymaker headlight, if you’re unsure. Couple in the great weather protection, and you’ve got a prescription for cushy travel. More: Harley-Davidson earnings: US motorcycle sales continue to plunge, but profit jumps, More: Harley-Davidson to move some motorcycle production out of US after EU tariffs, More: Secret Service buying Harley-Davidson motorcycles despite Donald Trump feud. Milwaukee-Eight engine. Goodbye Harley-Davidson Bronx Streetfighter? 2020 Ducati Superleggera V4 Review – First Ride, The Clash of Two Super Middleweights: KTM 890 Duke R vs. This is the fourth recall in five years for clutch problems with Harley-Davidson bikes. Perhaps some end users may not be aware of all the suspension changes Harley made for the 2017 Ultra Limited, but they will benefit from a chassis that feels more planted on smoother or slightly irregular pavement. For 2017, the Ultra Limited receives the Twin-Cooled version of the 107c.i. Now that the left shock features hydraulically adjustable preload, the rider simply cranks on more or less preload, and it stays set, forever. 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. Touring riders want it all: comfort, handling, big power, weather protection, and storage space. Broken pavement upsets the front end much less, and the back doesn’t bottom as frequently. 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. A familiar face with a new heart – and legs. The Ultra Limited’s engine, like all M-E mills, has four-valve heads for increased efficiency and power. The left bag needs to be partially removed to access the preload adjuster, though. 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Engines Tech Brief. Harley’s engineers were clearly firing on all their cylinders when they designed the Milwaukee-Eight. The Milwaukee-Eight is smoother at idle and more powerful at all rpm. The pilot enjoys one of the most comfortable seats in touring, but a little more room to adjust oneself on long rides would be nice. 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. Harley-Davidson said Tuesday it’s recalling about 238,300 motorcycles, worldwide, for a clutch problem — the fourth recall for a clutch issue in five years. The Ultra Limited’s other big change for the 2017 model year comes in the form of new suspenders. 2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited Review. We use cookies to improve your experience on this website and so that ads you see online can be tailored to your online browsing interests. The rider’s upper body has a comfortable, almost 90° bend to the arms, thanks to the short reach to the grips. Triumph Street Triple RS, BLOWHARDS! As with the air in tires, air-adjustable preload loses pressure over time. This resulted in the bike riding too low in the shocks’ stroke, eating up the travel the rear wheel had to absorb bumps – particularly when carrying a passenger. Coupled with the torque-assist clutch, which reduces lever effort by a claimed 7%, the riding experience is much improved.