Harley-Davidson’s three-wheeled road bike, the 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic, will likely be the most expensive non-CVO* Harley offered in Canada.
The Tri Glide is based on the Electra Glide touring motorcycle, but was built specifically to handle the loads of a three-wheeler. Longer forks (increased by 1.775 in), increased rake (32 degrees from 29.25) over the regular Electra Glide layout, plus a steering damper, a new rear-axle assembly, felt final drive, dual air rear shocks, Brembo dual-disc front brakes, and a dual-disc rear brake system with a parking brake form the chassis components. The motor will be the standard Twin Cam 103 V-twin with EFI, running through a six-speed transmission, and electric reverse will be a $1,200 option, surprisingly.
The Tri Glide will feature new bodywork with composite rear fenders that can be removed for repair or servicing, a moulded trunk and Tour-Pak with 185 litres of storage capacity, and the Electra Glide’s "bat wing" fairing, auxiliary driving lights, and skirted front fender up front.
The bike will run on a 16-inch front wheel and 15-inch rears.
We have uncomfirmed information that the Canadian price will equal the U.S. price of $29,999. When we get an updated MSRP for the Tri Glide, we’ll let you know if this is correct.
*Harley-Davidson sells CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models — though not currently in three-wheel form — that include modified engines and expensive components, and retail for $35,000 or more.