Harley Davidson Reveals Stripped Back Electra Glide Standard

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles has just revealed its new Electra Glide Standard bike for 2019. The Electra Glide Standard is a stripped back bike for those who prefer the naked models. If you’re into a raw adventure experience, this may be one that you’ll want to check out. The Standard is similar to the other Electra Glide models with many of the same traits, but to pare down the price, certain features including the infotainment system have been foregone.

Pared down but still a dressy bike

There is no escaping the fact that the Electra Glide Standard is going to be a dressy bike. Even in a stripped down state there is a variety of blackened out elements which contrast nicely with the plethora of chrome accents which have been strategically placed in prominent places on the bike. This lends a nice balance for the aesthetics. On top of that, the bike is offered in one color which is a vivid black and the Batwing fairing has not been done away with nor have the saddle bags, nor the cast aluminum wheels.

Plenty of power to spare

The powerhouse behind the 2019 Electra Glide Standard is the familiar Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. I’ts a pushrod V-twin single cam, 174 cc with a max torque of 111 lb ft at 3250 rpm with air and oil cooling. The engine is mated with a 6 speed Cruise Drive transmission. Cruise control has also been added to the bike to help keep it under control. Stripped down doesn’t mean that there aren’t some really cool features included in this tourer, but what it does mean for riders is more of a raw experience on the road. The luxury features are pared back but they’re not eliminated from the Electra Glide Standard for 2019. You get the fundamentals with this edition which is just the way that some riders like to have it. The Standard takes its inspiration from Haley’s Grand American Touring bikes.

Other specs and performance

This bike comes with a lot of the technology that you’ll find on the upper level touring models and in addition to the electronic cruise control that comes standard on these bikes, they’ve thrown in hand adjustable emulsion technology rear shock absorbers and Showa dual bending valve suspension with the 49 mm front forks. It’s also available in an ABS model if preferred. The frame is mild tubular steel with a two piece stamped and welded backbone. The seat high unladen is 26.1 inches and laden 26.1 inches.The curb weight of the bike is 820 pounds with a fuel tank that holds 6 gallons and an estimate of 43 mpg combined.

Keeping the 2019 Electra Glide Standard affordable

Harley-Davidson made the stripped down Electra Glide Standard for 2019 or the purpose of offering fans of the raw riding experience an affordable bike and they achieved their goal of eliminating the nonessential luxury amenities and kept the price under $19 grand. Minimal features are the hallmark of this named bike that still comes off as a dressy motorcycle because it’s damned attractive with or without amenities. It’s got the power you need for the open road and all of the necessities for a well rounded riding experience for $18,999.

Final thoughts

The 2019 Electra Glide Standard is one of the most eye catching naked models we’ve seen in some time. It bears the DNA of the other models within the line and offers a nostalgic nod to the history of the model yet establishes a presence and personality that is uniquely its own. It has the characteristic sounds and visuals that let you know it’s a Harley through and through, but this edition has been crafted to meet with the expectations of a niche group of Harley riders who are looking for a particular kind of riding experience. Harley has a way of delivering the goods when it comes to catering to their loyal ridership and it’s not one to sacrifice on the hallmark traits that let everyone know that a Harley is rolling up. If you’re into a more natural and earthy riding experience, you’re in for a real treat.

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