After riding the 2006 Electra Glide for about 4 years and 66k miles, I decided it was about time to upgrade to an Ultra Classic. So, in January of 2010 I bought a new 2010 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Limited (FLHTK). I ended up keeping the 2006 Harley because, due to the high mileage, the trade-in offer was too low and I figured it would be nice to have two bikes.
The 2010 FLHTK was a nice bike. It had the updated frame, 103 ci motor, 6 speed trans, ABS brakes, as well as a number of other luxury features that my older Electa Glide did not have.
I took this bike across country 3 times in the 2 ½ years that I owned it and I really didn’t change much on this bike. I installed some relatively quiet slip on mufflers, and Harley Davidson Hammock seat with a rider backrest, and installed some nice stereo equipment to keep me entertained on long rides.
For the most part, it was reliable and trouble free. I did have the stator replaced at around 30K miles (warranty covered this) and had a spark plug fall out when I stopped for gas in Baker CA during one of my NY to CA rides. The spark plug went back in and got me to LA where I replaced the damaged threads with a thread repair insert and rode it another 10K miles before selling the bike.
This bikes greatest strength was that it could be ridden all day in complete comfort. I did many 800+mile days on this bike and the only reason I stopped was to get gas or it was time to find a place to stay for the night. I never had to stop to stretch out. Quite simply, comfort was never an issue.
The only two things that really bugged me about this bike were both related to the motor. Excessive heat and a lack of power were my main complaints related to what was otherwise a great long distance touring bike.
When this bike sat in traffic for more than a few minutes, it would go into heat management mode shutting down the rear cylinder to avoid a complete melt down. Sitting in traffic on this bike in the heat of the summer could be brutal. Even at highway speed, you could feel the heat coming off of this bike during the summer months.
The power of the 103 ci motor was really quite disappointing. For most riding, the power was adequate. However, riding through flat prairie land into a headwind could be quite frustrating. This bike would not go 80 mph without downshifting into 5th gear and running at almost full throttle. It’s hard to believe that a 1,690 cc motor spinning at 3,000+ rpms with a peak of 100 lb/ft of torque cannot push a bike to 80 mph on flat land in high gear. Harley really needs to do something about the power output of these bikes.
Overall, I really liked this bike. It was comfortable to ride and I enjoyed all 60K miles I rode it before selling it in August 2012 to finance the purchase of my next bike – a 2012 BMW K1600GTL.