Harley-Davidson revealed its line-up for 2009 to dealers July 22 at the OEM's business meeting in Las Vegas. The biggest news came in the form of the three-wheeled — yes, THREE-wheeled — Tri Glide Ultra Classic.
To retail for a suggested $29,999, the Tri Glide was designed on what Harley-Davidson describes as a "wheels-up" strategy, one that created a frame and associated chassis structure that is engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle.
The trike is powered by a Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 101 ft. lbs. of torque. It retains the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission used on Harley-Davidson touring motorcycles, but adds an optional electric reverse ($1,195) integrated with the rear differential assembly that is engaged with a handlebar-mounted reverse module. There's a belt final drive, and the rear suspension features dual air-adjustable rear shock absorbers. The rear-axle assembly utilizes an aluminum center section with steel axle tubes. Stopping is handled by dual front disc brakes and a Hayes Brake dual-disc rear brake system with a lever-actuated, integrated park brake.
The molded-composite trunk provides 4.5 cubic feet of storage space and can be accessed through a rear hatch. The trunk and Tour Pak have a combined capacity of 6.56 cubic feet and are rated to carry up to 80 pounds. A single key will handle all luggage locking functions, and activate the ignition. Because the rear fenders are each a separate piece from the rest of the rear bodywork, they can be removed individually for repair or replacement, or when service is required.
There's also matching front and rear black and machined split seven-spoke cast aluminum wheels. The 16-inch front wheel is three inches wide and carries a MT90B16 tire, while the 15-inch rear wheels are five inches wide and are fitted with P205/65R15 tires.
The Tri Glide Ultra Classic will be offered in three colors: Vivid Black, Dark Blue Pearl and Red Hot Sunglo. No word on availability.
Other Harley-Davidson product news for 2009: The CVO line includes four models, highlighted by the CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide; the V-Rod underwent a bit of a nip-and-tuck in styling; a new chassis underpins the seven-model Harley-Davidson Touring family; the Dyna line gets a restyled Street Bob, silver-face speedometer with fuel range read-out, new fuel sender and low profile front fender; refreshed styling of the FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic highlights the eight-model Softail line; and five Sportster models feature retuned suspensions and new front fenders, with custom models receiving a new rear wheel.