Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra 107

#4 From Saint Tropez to the Harley Dome Cologne

Part 4

After the Euro Festival we went back to Germany. I started in Saint Tropez early in the morning at 5 a.m. The weather was nice the whole day. That has now changed, it has become cold and wet.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra Saint Tropez
Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra Saint Tropez

First you go to the gas station with the Road Glide Ultra. In France it is often the case that you have to go to the gas station first and pay in advance.

Anyone who speaks French in France has a clear advantage

And early in the morning I caught an unfriendly gas station attendant who was even grumpier than I was at that time. Linguistically, it's really bad if you can't speak French, because many people here only speak their national language and he was one of them.

1300 kilometers want to be eaten

No matter, the tank is full and we continue on the motorway towards Lyon.

Mileage indicator from the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra
Mileage indicator from the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra

My odometer reading is now at 4,039 kilometers and I have decided to drive the 1,300-kilometer route to Cologne.

Only 5 liters per 100

After the first 300 kilometers I take the first fuel stop in Pont-de-l'Isère and fill up with 15 liters of petrol. That's a simple calculation, 300 kilometers in 3 hours and 5 liters per hundred.

Stupid highway driving in France

The advantage of the French motorways is that they are quite empty, but this strict speed limit makes you tired even though you are fully rested.

But the worst thing are the toll booths, either with a card or you throw money into the machine, which is really annoying and also costs money.

The BoomBox Navigation shows me the way

The navigation does a good job as usual, and the entire infotainment unit is a benefit for the driver, especially on long tours. The traffic information always keeps me up to date. At times the music plays while the cruise control maintains the speed.

Shortly before Lyon it rains and the dark clouds have already appeared on the horizon. but I still made it 270 kilometers to Gevrey-Chambertin to refuel and take a break.

If I'm good now, the Road Glide will take me to Luxembourg without refueling.

The weather turns to rain

Screen on the Road Glide Ultra
Screen on the Road Glide Ultra

It's a strenuous ride, the weather just doesn't cooperate and now the advantages of a large tourer come into their own. The large lens offers me enough protection in this weather. The fairing on the side also pays off. When the weather is so bad, you're lucky if your legs are protected.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide weather protection
Harley-Davidson Road Glide weather protection

I stop along the route at the Rastätte motorway to warm up with coffee and keep fit.

It's 350 kilometers from the last stop to Luxembourg. I travel very economically. Even though the Road Glide is fully packed, the luggage doesn't affect fuel consumption.

Refuel cheaply in Luxembourg

When I arrived at the crossing in Roeser, the on-board computer showed me a remaining range of 48 kilometers.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra mileage display
Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra mileage display

I refueled with 19 liters and that's fine. I think with a capacity of 22.7 liters including reserve it fits well into today's times.

Final spurt, it's now 4:15 p.m., they're waiting for me in Cologne. I help organize the bike show and the preparations have to be made.

Cologne, here Cologne!

With the Road Glide Ultra in Cologne
With the Road Glide Ultra in Cologne

That was the last 240 kilometers for today, it took me 3 hours from Luxembourg to Cologne.

In total, I spent 14 hours on the Harley-Davidson long-distance tourer today. Now grab a nightcap at the Hard Rock Cafe and then it's time for the event over the weekend.

Harley Dome Cologne
Harley Dome Cologne

I'll take care of the Harley Dome Cologne Facebook page a little bit so that all the information and photos are online and on Monday I'll go back home to the far north.

That's another little over 500 kilometers, then the Road Glide Ultra will have around 5700 kilometers on it.

The tour to Saint Tropez and back home was 4200 kilometers. This was the first really big tour with the new 107 Milwaukee-Eight engine.

On the highway from Cologne to Hamburg
On the highway from Cologne to Hamburg

So far the Road Glide Ultra has been very impressive and has all the features of a touring machine.

The special characteristics that have shown me so far are its economy and the refined running of the engine; in hot traffic jams, the engine is noticeably cooler than its predecessors.



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