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2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide 1st Look

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Harley-Davidson has unveiled a production trike in the form of its 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic.
Harley-Davidson has unveiled a production trike in the form of its 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic.
Harley-Davidson brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment with the introduction of the 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle. Based on a new chassis designed specifically for this three-wheel application, the Tri Glide offers the classic styling and popular touring features of the Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide in a vehicle that will be sold and serviced by the network of Harley-Davidson dealers and covered by a two-year Harley-Davidson limited warranty. The Tri Glide will have an MSRP of $29,999.

Harley-Davidson launched a "wheels-up" strategy in the development of the Tri Glide, and has created a frame and associated chassis structure that is engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. Changes to the front-end geometry enhance steering control by reducing steering effort up to 25 percent. The forks have been lengthened by 1.775 inches compared to the regular Touring motorcycle, and rake is increased from 29.25 degrees to 32.00 degrees. A steer damper controls coast-down wobble, and minimizes bumps and other road inputs during turning events.

Harley-Davidson has designed a new rear-axle assembly for the Tri Glide that utilizes an aluminum center section with steel axle tubes. The Tri Glide retains the high-strength and low-maintenance advantages of belt final drive, and the smooth operation of a rubber-cushioned, compensated rear drive. The rear suspension features dual air-adjustable rear shock absorbers.

The Tri Glide is powered by a Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 101 ft. lbs. of torque. It retains the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission used on Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles, but adds an optional electric reverse ($1,195) integrated with the rear differential assembly that is engaged with a handlebar-mounted reverse module. The Tri Glide has dual front disc brakes and a Hayes Brake dual-disc rear brake system with a lever-actuated, integrated park brake.

Classic Harley-Davidson Styling

The Harley-Davidson styling department gave the new body components of the Tri Glide clean lines that integrate with the existing Ultra bodywork, especially the Tour Pak luggage compartment and the passenger seating area. The new bodywork is painted with the same quality OEM paint and process used on all Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and is a perfect color match for the tank and front fender. The composite rear fenders complement the lines of the front fender. Because the rear fenders are each a separate piece from the rest of the rear bodywork, they can be removed individually for repair or replacement, or when required to service the Tri Glide.

The molded-composite trunk provides 4.5 cubic feet of storage space and can be accessed through a rear hatch. The trunk and Tour Pak have a combined capacity of 6.56 cubic feet and are rated to carry up to 80 pounds. A single key will handle all luggage locking functions, and activate the ignition. Dual mufflers with tapered end caps exit below the trunk.

Brake/tail/turn lights are located on each fender, and the Tri Glide retains the Tour Pak lighting used on the Ultra Classic, including the LED side running lights. Matching front and rear black and machined split seven-spoke cast aluminum wheels provide the Tri Glide its integrated and true, factory-built look. The 16-inch front wheel is three inches wide and carries a MT90B16 motorcycle tire, while the 15-inch rear wheels are five inches wide and are fitted with P205/65R15 tires.

Forward of the rear wheels, the Tri Glide retains the style and features of the Ultra Classic Electra Glide, including the distinctive "bat wing" fairing, auxiliary driving lamps, and deep-skirted front fender. A low-profile chrome console tops a six-gallon fuel tank. The fairing holds complete instrumentation and the 80-watt Advanced Audio System with CB radio and passenger intercom system. Adjustable air deflectors on the fairing and vented fairing lowers allow the rider to control wind flow for comfort in warm or cool weather. Cruise control is standard equipment.

The Tri Glide Ultra Classic will be offered three colors: Vivid Black, Dark Blue Pearl, and Red Hot Sunglo.

FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic features:
- Three-wheel specific frame
- Rubber mounted Twin Cam 103 engine with ESPFI
- 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
- Black powder-coated engine with chrome treatment
- Brembo dual-disc front brake system
- Hayes Brake dual-disc rear brake system with integrated park brake
- Six-gallon fuel tank
- Electronic Throttle Control
- 2-1-2 exhaust system
- Engine isolation system
- Isolated Drive System
- Triple Circuit Damping (TCD) front forks
- Air-adjustable rear suspension
- Bat-wing, fork-mounted fairing
- Full instrumentation
- 80-watt Advanced Audio System by Harman/Kardon
- 40-watt CB radio and intercom system
- Cruise control
- Shorty antennas
- Clear-lens reflector-optics auxiliary lamps
- Fiberglass adjustable King Tour-Pak with passenger backrest
- Tour-Pak mounted tail/stop light
- Rear luggage trunk
- One-piece, two-up Electra Glide comfort-stitch touring saddle
- Vented lower fairings with integrated storage compartments
- Adjustable fairing wind deflectors
- Steering damper
- Optional electric reverse
- Optional Smart Security System

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

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Colin -pension money due....  August 15, 2010 01:37 AM
looks sublim, and enticing
Bandido Billy DE -2010 Tri Glide  February 22, 2010 09:50 AM
I bought mu tri glide about 2 monthes back the radio wnt out, reverse stoped working. All under warrentee. But I don't want to stop riding long enough to have them fixed.
I bought it for me and my wife could ride 2 up. I like the power. rhe ride is a little to stiff, The handeling in corners is ok but surly not like a 2 wheeler. I feel safe on it with my wife and that makes it al worth it.
I don't know why someone would think that sitting low in a side car is better but to each their own. If you weigh 125 lbs and are 25 years old maybe it is easy to lift your self out but on the tri glide you just throw your leg over and your off. I can back up my tri glide easier with my feet then I could my Road King. I rolls very easy.
Only bad thing I can tell you about it is you have to be careful with your feet getting on and getting off of it. Boots scratch the paint. Fenders in rear take the blunt of it. Ride it enjoy it. Ride safe.
Garrya -Tri-Glide  February 17, 2010 07:40 PM
My Tri-Glide arrived in new Zealand last week.
Just love it.
Gary Barrett -Tri Glide  February 7, 2010 04:50 PM
I love it,as a disabled rider I can do it.After 19 and half years I am back in the wind on my new 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic.I am very pleased with how easy it is to handle and how much power it has compaired to the 56' pan that I crashed.Not in the price range for everyone.
bobby wagoner -2009 tri guild  January 6, 2010 07:39 PM
for sale 30,000.00 5,000 miles anyone wanting one (make me a offer) my e-mail is bwagoner7@triad.rr.com
Dennis -Tri-Glide  November 25, 2009 03:47 PM
How muct truble have you had with the TRI-Gride?Anyone with the trike have with oil coming out of the carb? This is a problem Harley needs to look at. I got my trike thinking this would be good for my back. I WAS WRONG. Harley needs to look at new shocks. Dont get me wrong I love Harleys I wont ride anything else.
Anyone else got anything? Dnnis
Cubbear, Texas -Our '09 Red Hot Sunglow TriGlide over 26,000 miles  November 11, 2009 12:26 AM
Yes, that's our trike - fantastic... Picked it up from our dealer on October 24,2008 - very different riding as hubby was used to putting foot/feet down... You don't do that with a TriGlide... Since '99 rode our '98 Sportster over 165,000 miles; over 32,000 miles on our '07 Heritage Softail then our '09 TriGlide...

Basically, since Jan '09 through beginning of Sept '09, we rode/put over 26,000 miles on our TriGlide...

Do to health condition of my husband (came about very quickly) we most likely won't be riding in the future...

We have a website, www.triglide.multiply.com or just a search for lifeonaharley, where we posted daily logs and pictures from all our travels for most of the past 10 years - absolutely wonderful...

Have fun and be safe out there but ride... To any who have bad comments about the TriGlide, you don't know what you're missing...

George from Belgium -Garry Anderson  October 28, 2009 01:50 PM
You really are getting crazy in your old age Anderson!
Garry Anderson -Tri in New Zealand  October 26, 2009 12:15 AM
Hi I had been looking for a trike for to travel two up for some time. Hard to get in NZ. I really am looking forward to my tri arriving in jan 2010.
Gerry -Richie the sportster guy  September 18, 2009 10:58 PM
Richie the sportster guy. The best comparison is a quad or ATV. We ride quads around the ranch a lot and it was an easy to hop on the trike although I'm used to hitting the highway on the ultra glide. We've just put on a couple thousand kilometers riding the mountain roads out to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The bike had enough power and ran fine with 2up and all the gear my wife could pack. It may take a day or 2 to get the hang of the difference in riding styles but the wind will be flying past you in no time.
Richie Hilton Head, SC -trikes  September 7, 2009 08:33 PM
Should I be a little leary after driving sportsters for years? Can anyone give me an answer on that?
Gerry -TriGlide Suspension  August 29, 2009 10:13 AM
Just started riding the new TriGlide. Bought it to make 2 up riding easier for both of us. The problem we’re having is the rear suspension and or lack of it. Any body know if there is a way to make the ride smoother. Shocks are set at 45lb and have got the air in the rear tires pretty low as well. Is there different shocks with a longer travel, or replace with air bags or something????
Michael Boone -Harley Davidson Tri-Glide  August 13, 2009 12:20 AM
For all of you that have not ridden a trike and if it is your first time on the bike after riding a two-wheeler, you will be very apprehensive to buy it. But drive it on the back streets to get used to it like I did. After figuring out the turns - you pull the handle bars to the right or left instead of turning it like a two-wheeler - and since you can't lean into a turn, you feel like you want to fall off the bike, but just tighten your leg into the tank and you feel more secure cornering around turns. I recommend doing the stage one upgrade, screaming eagle pipes, K&N air filter, and download to the computer for the upgrade - then just hang on. What a diferance in the power and performance, not to mention how much cooler the engine runs. On a scale from 1 to 10, I give it a 10 and thank Harley Davidson for coming out with it.
martin -triglide  August 6, 2009 09:01 AM
saw one in sandusky ohio and fell in love with it.It was brilliant white in colour and sounded awsome.I am sure if harley sold them in europe they would be a big hit.
Ron Beggs -Triglide  July 26, 2009 04:21 AM
I love my triglide and being disabled makes this trike perfect for me. looking forward to thousands of riding miles. would love to figure out how to make it a smoother ride over not so smooth roads. i have had a side car and the trike is alot easier to handle by far. i wish they made a trailer hitch for the triglide. (hint hint)
WisconsinNorm -HD Trike  July 17, 2009 02:46 PM
No way should that cost 30K...They are laying off in the Milwaukee plant, get with it!
sam white -triglide  July 14, 2009 04:52 PM
I have owned many motorcycles over the years and I ve never been so impressed with a bike as I am with the trike, It's the first trike I've own and I am so in love with it along with wife we both enjoy it. I traded a 2006 ultraglide in on it and at 68 years young it was the best move I've made in years.Keep up the good work Harley Davidson.
Trike man -is it worth it  July 4, 2009 01:28 PM
I had a 2005 ultra classic outfitted with a lehman renegade rear and I have not regretted it to this day. someone like me with bad hands and feet can now ride a big bike and enjoy it all day. Just wondering how long it was going to take Harley to mass produce them. My only complaint is that not many dealers and repair shops will work on them since most do not have a lift for them. But shop around and you will find one. Best thing I ever did.
Yan Fiske -Harley's in Europe - the UK in particular  June 27, 2009 04:57 PM
I am now on my 3rd Harley- Screamin Eagle FXDSE2 dyna, (had a road king and a v rod.) My wife has a debilitating illness and can't handle the cornering on pillion, also; we do a lot of charity visits in the UK - as Wind and Fire MC(firefighers who ride harleys,) and HOG, for kids burns wards and our registered charity - Multiple Schlerosis. Much safer for disabled kids on a trike. I've been thinking about an electraglide or ultra and paying for it to get triked - then this comes up - Great! just what I need, I can still buy American, I can still have the dealer service it and get stock parts! No way dude, you're a Brit, so what if you've followed Americans into Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan - you can't have one! Likewise, you can't buy the firefighter special, because you're not an American firefighter budy! Just because you've supported the states all your life and paid a massive amount over the years for their bikes - tough! I wonder if I should see what Mr Honda or Kawasaki has got, I bet he'd sell to me ???
Van de Velde Emiel -Harley Davidson Tri Glide  June 27, 2009 08:06 AM
Why are this tri glides not delivred in Europe ?
larry chesnut -Harley davidson tri-glide  June 14, 2009 09:32 AM
I have just got this trike. I also have a 2002 ultra classic. I like both but, I really like the trike because my wife loves to ride and we feel safer on the trike. I am 66 years young but I have had harley's since I was 12. We just got the 500 mile break in completed this weekend
W. P Booras -Triglide  May 25, 2009 03:08 PM
I have one and am well pleased with it . I do miss the "lean" but at 78 years old I can miss it !! I disagree with the about message that states it is "not better than a sidecar " Well it is completely different from a side car!!!! Other than missing the lean it is a great bike, add stage one and WOW !!!
John -Tri Glide Cost!  May 25, 2009 05:38 AM
Also disabled and MAYBE I can ride this. Hate to give up after riding 40 years so just MAYBE? Wish I could afford to buy one. Wouldn't it be nice if Harley had a plan for the disabled to own one!
R Newman -TriGlide  May 18, 2009 08:53 PM
I just bought mine. Love every inch of it already.
Dan Davis -Not a new innovated design  May 15, 2009 09:22 PM
It is not a new design (used see made by other brand already)and not better than a sidecar motorcycle what also has three wheelers and more comfortable seat for passenger. Three-wheeled bike might not lean well like as a motorcycle
Marty Huddleston -cost  May 7, 2009 11:06 AM
I like it a disabled rider I mite be able to ride this one [for sale 1 custom 2 wheeler