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FLHXXX Street Glide Joins Harley-Davidson Trike Family

By Arv Voss, August 21st, 2010

The new 2010 Street Glide Trike from Harley-Davidson brings originality to the three-wheeled motorcycle segment. Harley's Trike is not a production afterthought, but rather is based on a new chassis specifically designed for a three-wheel application. It provides the same classic styling and touring capability of Harley-Davidson's Street Glide.

While I'm not a big fan of trikes, Harley-Davidson's trikes represent a couple of the best non-traditional motorcycles, since they're engineered from the outset with a specific purpose in mind, rather than being an aftermarket modification that results in a trike.

The FLHXXX Street Glide Trike looks exactly like what one would expect a trike to look like from Harley-Davidson. It provides great stability over traditional two-wheeled transport. In other words, you don't have to put your feet down when coming to a stop. There's also no counter-steering involved. Passengers tend to feel considerably more secure on a trike, since it obviously doesn't lean (unless the rider has done something wrong).

My test FLHXXX Street Glide Trike had a base price set at $27,999. My test unit also featured the optional electric reverse, Cruise Control and Smart Security System, which along with dealer prep and handling bumped the total price to $30,554. The Street Glide Trike is offered in two colors: Vivid Black and Red Hot Sunglo metallic.

In terms of styling, the new body componentry incorporates clean lines that blend well with the existing Street Glide two-wheeled model bodywork, which includes the traditional fork-mounted "bat-wing" fairing.

The fairing contains complete instrumentation and a Harmon/Kardon 80-watt Advanced Audio System with CB radio and passenger intercom system. A low-profile chrome console sits atop a 6-gallon fuel tank just ahead of the one-piece, two-up Street Glide comfort-stitch touring saddle.

A new rear-axle assembly was designed for the Trike family, utilizing an aluminum center section with steel axle tubes. High-strength and low-maintenance advantages of belt final drive are retained, along with the smooth operation of a rubber-cushioned, compensated rear drive. The rear suspension features dual air-adjustable rear shock absorbers.

Power for the Street Glide Trike comes from a Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine. The motor is Black powder-coated with a chrome treatment, and delivers 101 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. It mates to the same 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission used on Harley's other touring bikes.

Two-into-One-into-Two Dual mufflers with tapered end caps exit below the trunk. An electric reverse is available for an extra $1,195 and is integrated with the rear differential assembly, which is engaged with a handlebar-mounted reverse module. Bringing the Street Glide three-wheeler to a halt are dual front disc brakes and a Hayes Brake dual-disc rear brake system with a lever-actuated, integrated park brake.

Storage is courtesy of a molded composite rear locking storage compartment that features 4.5 cubic feet of storage (50 pounds worth). A Tour Pak may be added, bringing the total cargo capacity to 6.56 cubic feet, increasing the weight allowance up to 80 pounds.

A single key conveniently handles all luggage locking functions, as well as the ignition. The Street-Glide Trike rides on matching front and rear black and machined seven-double-spoke cast aluminum wheels. Up front is a 3-inch wide 16-inch wheel shod with a H-D Dunlop MT90B16 tire, while the 15-inch rear wheels are 5 inches wide and are fitted with P205/65R15 Dunlop Signature tires.

The bigger, 103-inch motor is a definite plus over the two-wheeled Street Glide's 96-incher, due to the significant weight increase. The Street Glide tips the scale at 1,071 pounds dry rendering it exceptionally stable and pleasurable when traveling in a straight line, but it is a force to be reckoned with should you have to make a sudden high speed emergency turn. In fact, turning even under ordinary conditions requires more force or upper body strength than a conventional bike, and leaning won't help (except to make you feel better). The Street Glide is essentially for the hot rod bike tourer at heart.

In the final analysis, the Street Glide Trike is an extraordinary three-wheeler. The electric reverse gear is a bit quirky and noisy in it's operation, but it certainly beats no reverse at all when you're pushing a rig that's over half a ton. It is certain to fill a unique niche in the cycling marketplace.

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