2010 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles First Look

July 27, 2009
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all.

Harley-Davidson broke wraps on its 2010 line of motorcycles this weekend, an enthusiastic offering that includes nine new bikes (four new production motorcycles, one new trike, and four new CVO models) in what is touted as ‘the most expansive new-product introduction in the history of The Motor Company.’ We’ve already had a chance to ride the 2010 CVO motorcycles, and our boy Adam Waheed is in Colorado right now testing out the 2010 lineup in the Rocky Mountains. Until he can bring you back his first ride report, let’s take a peek at what new models are coming out of Milwaukee in 2010.

The 2010 FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited        MSRP $24,699
Harley-Davidson makes its top-shelf luxury-touring motorcycle an even more attractive package in 2010. The 2010 Electra Glide Ultra Limited receives the Twin Cam 103, the only two-wheeled Harley to come off the production line with the 103 standard. The rubber-mounted engine is said to increase torque by 10% over the previous mill, bumping up to a claimed peak output of 102 lb-ft. The Ultra limited will also sport a new set of pipes in the form of chrome 2-1-2 dual exhausts with a tapered muffler.

2010 FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited
 A bigger engine, revised Tour-Pak system, special two-tone paint and new badging highlight Harley-Davidson’s 2010 Electra Glide Ultra Limited.

A peak at some of the new standard features on the 2010 Big Twin tourer includes Brembo triple-disc brakes with ABS, heated hand grips, the H-D Smart Security System, a Premium Tour-Pak luggage rack, Premium saddlebags with Tour-Pak liners, and a 12-volt/15 amp outlet inside the Tour-Pak.
The updated Premium Tour-Pak not only comes standard with the nifty luggage rack, but inside, there are new side pockets, D-rings for clip-on attachments, and shoulder straps. The motorcycle gets special identifier medallions on the fuel tank and front fender, to go along with a new two-tone paint combo. The 28-spoke cast aluminum wheels get dolled up with contrasting chrome accents. The view of the cockpit has a few tweaks itself, as the gauges have a new ‘titanium’ appearance, white LED backlighting, and a larger font for easier viewing.
2010 Road Glide Custom        MSRP $18,999
The other new addition to the Harley-Davidson Touring line is the 2010 Road Glide Custom. For 2010, H-D dropped the rear suspension down an inch, a move that is complemented by ‘ground effects’ trim at the bottom edge of the rear fender. The back end also has a new taillight assembly with a pair of LED brake/tail/turn lamps that eliminates the

2010 FLTRX Road Glide Custom
The 2010 Road Glide Custom has been slammed an inch, gets a new set of 2-into-1 pipes, and a bigger front wheel.

separate tail/stop light combo. The Road Glide Custom also gets a new set of pipes, a 2-into-1 arrangement that replaces the previous 2-1-2 exhaust system. The 2-into-1 system includes a single, four-inch-diameter chrome muffler beneath the right saddlebag.

Up front, the 18-inch Black Slotted Disc wheel has machined highlights and is an inch bigger than last year. It does have a lower profile, though, as does the new, shorty windshield, which has been set at its own new angle. The frame-mounted Shark-Nose Fairing continues to point the way, and the two big compartments integrated into each side of the fairing look sizable.

The 2010 Road Glide Custom sources the Twin Cam 96 engine for its power, and benefits from the chassis upgrades that graced the 2009 Harley-Davidson Touring line. The revised bagger also carries over the same electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control as last year, but its 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission has a new helical-cut fifth gear.
2010 Dyna Wide Glide              MSRP $14,499
The Wide Glide has been resurrected for another run in 2010. Last seen as a special 105th Anniversary model in 2008, the latest addition to the Dyna family has lowered front and rear suspension that drops the seat height to 25.5 inches. Team that with its signature wide front end, a black-wire sissy bar on the back sitting on a chopped rear fender and

2010 FXDWG Dyna Glide
The Wide Glide is back! With a pronounced rake, lowered suspension, and a cool little wire sissy bar, the 2010 Dyna Wide Glide is back with a vengaence.

you’ve got a brand new motorcycle with ageless, throw-back styling.
Its 21-inch tall front wheel sits out at 34-degrees on a 49mm front fork with extra space between the fork and frame created by wide polished aluminum triple clamps. Even the fuel tank has been tilted up 0.75-inch to give it more chopper flair. Internal wiring and drag-style handlebars sitting on four-inch-high black risers keep the front end clean.

The back end features the chopped rear fender that sits above new Michelin Scorcher tires. The large, central tail lamp has been abandoned for dual red LED rear stop/turn/tail lights. As a result of bobbing the fender, the license plate mount has been moved to the left side of the chassis.
2010 Fat Boy Lo               MSRP $16,299
The popular Fat Boy gets new ergos, lowered suspension, and the blacked-out treatment in this new version. It starts with front and rear suspension that has been lowered by 1.15-inches. This dropped the seat height to 24.25 inches, the lowest of any stock Harley. To match its new low-riding seat height, the seat has a narrower cut as H-D looks to give the

2010 FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo
The 2010 Fat Boy Lo is designed to put riders more ‘in’ to the bike and has a host of blacked-out components.

2010 Fat Boy Lo more of an ‘in the bike’ feel.

Its dark side is represented by its gloss black finish on its triple clamp covers and nacelle, headlight bucket, air cleaner cover trim ring, rear fender supports, and floorboards. The frame, swingarm, front shock covers, oil tank, and air cleaner cover all have a denim black finish. Its Twin Cam 96B engine has black powdercoating, and the Bullet Hole Disc 17-inch cast aluminum wheels have black centers and machined outer rims.

Though not officially one of Harley’s Dark Customs that targets younger riders, the blacked-out treatment on the ’10 Fat Boy Lo follows in that vein. Its low seat height and narrower handlebar could be a direct appeal to women riders as well.

2010 Street Glide Trike         MSRP $26,999
Harley-Davidson rejoined the three-wheeled motorcycle party last year with its 2009 Tri Glide. While the Tri Glide sourced the styling of the revered touring bike, the Ultra Classic, the 2010 Street Glide trike borrows a sportier look honed in Harley’s hot-rodding Street Glide. Lighter and more compact, the new Harley three-wheeler does away with the bulky Tour-Pak for a smaller trunk with 4.3 cubic feet of storage space and a 50-pound capacity.

2010 FLHXXX Street Glide Trike
The new 2010 Street Glide Trike is much sportier than the touring-minded Tri Glide that Harley debuted last year.

Up front, it looks like a Street Glide. A ‘batwing’ fork-mounted fairing with a smoked mini wind deflector leads the charge, coupled with a deep FL front fender skirting 16-inch front tire. Behind it sits a Twin Cam 103, the same mill that powers the new Electra Glide Ultra Limited.
The backside has been squared off, a combination of its fenders, passenger pillion, and storage compartments. The fenders are separate pieces of the rear bodywork that can be removed individually for replacement or service. The rear also features a set of 15-inch, 205mm wide rear tires connected by a rear-axle assembly with an aluminum center section and steel axle tubes. It also has a Hayes Brake dual-disc system with an integrated parking brake that is lever-actuated.

The Tri Glide Ultra Classic returns for 2010 as well, giving The Motor Company a sport-minded three wheeler and a classic touring model.

Taking a look at the other Harley-Davidson model families, the Sportster family has been trimmed down to six models, as the 883 Custom has been dropped. The Iron 883, introduced mid-year, is back, and the ‘We Ride Free’ program is still going until August 31st. The program guarantees that the price you pay for your Sportster motorcycle is the price you’ll get back when you trade up.
In the Dyna family, the Wide Glide returns and the Low Rider is gone, while the Softail line sees the addition of the Fat Boy Lo and the subtraction of the Night Train and Rocker. The Rocker C is still available, but is the only version now of Harley’s stretched-out, slammed, fat-backed cruiser.
As far as the touring family goes, the Electra Glide Standard has been done away with but is still exists in its Classic form. The Road Glide is only available as the new Road Glide Custom, and the Electra Glide now comes decked out as the Ultra Limited.

“This ambitious new motorcycle launch reaches to our riders with the incredible passion that Harley-Davidson has inspired for more than a century,” said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Core Customer Marketing. “We are thrilled to offer our customers nine new models and a full selection of products for 2010 that lets their enthusiasm for enjoying great motorcycles continue at full throttle.”
This is only a first peek at the 2010 line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Be sure to check back next week for Adam’s full 2010 H-D First Ride report.

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