Harley-Davidson trikes coming soon – Motorbike Writer

The long wait for Harley-Davidson trikes, including the new hot-rod Freewheeler (pictured above), is finally over for Australian riders.

The Tri-Glide Ultra will cost $50,995 rideaway and the Freewheeler $40,250 when they arrive in Harley dealerships from October 2017.

Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand boss Nigel Keough says the lengthy delay has been in securing Australian Design Rule compliance.

Nigel Keough on a Freewheeler trike

It is believed roll-over issues have been the main sticking points, but there were other small issues such as a reversing lamp.

“Australia has a unique set of compliance issues and we’ve been working through them for several years now,” he told us early last year.

“It’s a very important part of our line-up. It won’t represent massive sales, but it’s an important niche.”

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Harley Tri-Glide Ultra

Demand for trikes

There certainly will be some demand for Harley trikes judging by the ever-growing numbers of custom and conversion trikes turning up at rallies these days.

The ageing demographic of riders also points to a growing demand for something a little more manageable for old legs.

Nigel believes the Harley-Davidson trikes will sell well because they are factory made and tested, not an untested conversion or individual custom build.

While Harley-Davidson has not been able to import their own trikes into Australia, private importers have been able to import them in restricted volumes for several years. However, they are expensive and do not have factory warranty back-up.

Harley has not been prevented from importing their trikes into New Zealand where the Tri-Glide Ultra sells for $52,495 and the Freewheeler for $42,495.

Harley-Davidson Freewheeler
Freewheeler

For Harley to import their own trikes into Australia, they required ADR compliance.

“We’ve invested a lot in this project,” Nigel says.

The company even flew out five US engineers and rented a race track to demonstrate to officials the safety of the vehicles.

Harley-Davidson trikes

Colours and full Australian specifications are not yet confirmed.

Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Trikes
Tri-Glide

Tri-Glide Ultra

The Tri-Glide Ultra is a full dresser three-wheeler version based on the Ultra but with a new frame.

It comes with the new twin-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine and includes electric reverse.

Length

2670mm

Seat Height

735mm

Fuel tank

22.7L

Dry weight

546kg

Engine

Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107

Displacement

1745cc

Torque

152Nm (112ft-lb) @ 3250rpm

Transmission

6-Speed Cruise Drive

Front tyre

16”/Dunlop® D402F MT90

Rear tyres

15”/Dunlop® Signature P205

Colours

Vivid Black; Superior Blue; Two-Tone Black Hills Gold/Black Quartz; Two-Tone Billet Silver/Vivid Black; Two-Tone Mysterious Red Sunglo; Velocity Red Sunglo; Custom Colour Bonneville Blue/Fathom Blue

Freewheeler

Harley-Davidson Freewheeler
Freewheeler

The Freewheeler is a stripped-down hot-rod trike based on a Road King.

Its rear section is pulled forward making the overall vehicle length 76.2mm shorter than the Tri-Glide.

It is also powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, but not twin cooled because there is no lower fairing to hide the dual radiators.

Length

2615mm

Seat

700mm

Fuel tank

22.7L

Dry weight

492kg

Engine

Milwaukee-Eight 107

Displacement

1745cc

Torque

150Nm (111ft-lb) @ 3250rpm

Transmission

6-Speed Cruise Drive

Tyre front

19″/D408F MT130 60/B19M/C 612H

Rear tyres

15″/Signature P205/65R15

Colours

Vivid Black; Black Quartz; Velocity Red Sunglo; Billet Silver; Custom Colour Laguna Orange

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