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Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic

2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Classic Road Test Rider]

Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Classic.

Clement Salvadori

12, 2009

[This 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic Test was originally published in Rider magazine]

Back in I bought a three-wheeled ’56 Harley from a car dealer who was selling I was living in Monterey, California, at the and it was an entertaining round-town machine. the only trip I took on it, 120 up to San Francisco and 120 miles back, me the three-speed three-wheeler, powered by a flathead engine that put out 25 horsepower on a good day, close to 1,400 pounds, was not a touring machine.

I soon it.

The last Servi-Car came off the in 1973, and now 36 years later the Company has presented another to the world, this one designed for and joining the Glide family: the Tri Ultra Classic . or FLHTCUTG . It has six a 103-cubic-inch OHV Twin Cam engine knocks out some 70 rear-wheel and weighs in with all fluids on at a little under 1,200 Quite a difference from the old

Nothing slapdash about the Tri Obviously people at Harley had looking at the proliferation of trikes in the 15 years and realized this be a profitable niche. The folks on Avenue looked around for who could help in this and lit on John Lehman. John his first trike as a personal a quarter of a century ago, and has selling trike kits for the 20 years.

Harley got in touch him and asked if he would like to be of the project. Does a cat like

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Harley ships the front of an Electra Glide Ultra off to the Lehman factory in Spearfish, Dakota, with the engine and gearbox stock, but a tougher clutch is installed, and the frame is to cope with the extra

Riding a two-wheeler on the road virtually no effort, other a mild counter-steering input. a trike the rider has to work handlebar, and maneuvering along roads at speed will up your arm muscles. To reduce the of effort the rider has to put into the the Tri Glide’s forks are altered, a new clamp gives increased now 32 degrees, and legs are lengthened 2 inches, reducing the trail to inches, all of which helps.

to that a steering damper way down on any tendency the trike may to chatter when starting

Conversely, when the Tri Glide is along a freeway at a cruise-controlled 80 mph you can get into the back seat and a nap.

The Lehman crew on a new swingarm that has both angling out towards the ends of the axle, with air-adjustable shocks. Fifteen-inch, seven-spoke wheels, each with a brake, hold 5-inch tires, by Dunlop, of course. The noticeable aspect of the trike is that it is a three-tracker, as opposed to the motorcycle; with the wheels in different tracks, you will hit … skunk in the road.

For parking purposes a hand-brake is on the right side, and a pull makes darned sure trike isn’t rolling

Lehman uses a solid in his “no lean” design; a swing with independent suspension on the two wheels provides more People will discuss the and cons of these two approaches the end of time, but I found that the axle worked well for me.

drive is by a belt, the Tri Glide slightly lower gearing numerically) than the Electra 32/70 verse 32/68, to cope with the extra Sixth gear is definitely an and at 80 mph the engine is running a leisurely rpm. My unit also had the operated reverse gear, an costing $1,195 but well the money.

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A bracket protecting the differential, and a gear, limit ground to 4.7 inches, so this does not a good off-road machine.

At an age a fortunate young child get a tricycle to ride; when the kid up, bigger toys are in order.

main job is to build the large that goes over the and then do the molded plastic and fenders. On top sits a standard Tour-Pak, good for holding a lot of Below, in the new body, is a huge more than twice as big as the which more than up for the lack of saddlebags.

The wheelbase of the Tri is inches, while the overall is almost 106 inches, and the width fender to fender is 55 inches—no lanes on this baby.

I a big loop up from the York through New England and New York on the Tri through all sorts of weather and all sorts of roads. This is a touring machine, with the and leg shields providing good against the elements. Packing is a the trike had way more room I had stuff.

On the two-laners that I prefer, will seldom be engaged, third and fourth being I paid attention to the black-on-white limit signs, and those speed advisory signs. If an read 40, I adjusted my throttle and appropriately. Any trike has a tendency to up the rear inside wheel cornering hard, but the only I actually succeeded in doing was while practicing tight in a parking lot.

Pay attention to the and you’ll be fine. Lots of pushes this heavyweight freeways in the fast lane, if is your choosing.

Up in Vermont’s Mountains there are a lot of twisty and an uphill hairpin may require gear. No problem. The downhills are not a either, as the Tri Glide has plenty of power. ABS is not an option on this as the four discs will do any job with ease.

Don’t forget that front discs still the main braking force.

year more trikes are as their stability appeals to women and older riders. never take over the market, but they do create a niche. And now that your local Harley dealer can and service a three-wheeler, and provide a the ridership should expand more.

Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic
Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic

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