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2010 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles First Look

Monday, July 27, 2009
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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Ouijii -2010 103 limited  October 4, 2010 09:40 AM
The 2010 103 limited is an awesum machine. Great product. I also own two other HD's both FL's.....Harley Davidson has come a long way.


Jakethesnake -YAWN  August 20, 2010 11:07 PM
103 cu motor?? oooh... and how much HP? 65? 75?? WOW! Half of that is to make noise and the other half is to guzzle gas! Harley has you all fooled! superior products? i think not!the only thing harley has superior to any other brand is their marketing dept. its a old mans bike that caters to close minded idiots.well i have news for you harley.. my generation and the younger generation is not buying you bikes so if you wanna stay in buisness you better join us here in the 21st centry!the only harley that was cool was the v-rod what happened harley you give up????
Jason Billings -2010 wide glide  May 9, 2010 02:26 PM
Awesome bike rides great and is a real head turner.Got the custom black with flames.Will keep it 4 ever.
Hey Francesco you think this is an ugly bike.Go back to your rice burner.
Jason Billings -2010 wide glide  May 9, 2010 02:25 PM
Awesome bike rides great and is a real head turner.Got the custom black with flames.Will keep it 4 ever.
Hey Francesco you think this is an ugly bike.Go back to your rice burner.
Radio_Randy -2010 Tri Glide (way cool)  May 3, 2010 09:27 PM
First and foremost...my first Harley Davidson (a 2004 Dyna) is the only bike I've ever owned that "felt" like I always thought a motorcycle should feel.
I've owned bikes from all the Japanese makers and even a BMW and none of them satisfied me like my Dyna. The torque, ride and lack of numbness in my hands tells it all.
The trike was my wife's idea. We've been riding together for over 30 years and this Tri Glide is the most comfortable ride we've ever had. We literally had to take out a second mortgage to buy it, but nothing else would have done. Some times, you just have to go with your gut.
Oh, as for Harley's future, when I ordered my trike, I was put on a 3 month (or longer) waiting list and told that the shop would only get 3 to 4 of these a year. After we received ours in December 2009, H-D felt the dealer was doing so well that they've been shipping enough trikes so that they're selling about one to two a month, even at 30K apiece.
Francesco Rizzuto -2010 Wide Glide (Very Ugly)  March 9, 2010 10:42 PM
Hello all, I was at the local Harley dealer the other day and asked where the new Wide Glide was. The coun ter person pointed at a bike that was right in front of the counter where I was, I could not believe my eyes. It did not look like a Wide Glide at all, and the counter person agreed. He said when they brought it out he did not even know WHAT model it was! To be honest the new styling is brutal, and the bike has an air of cheapness to it. Just my opinion, but I have to be honest. The 2008 105th anniversary model was way better looking, even the copper and black grew on me (Although I did not like the copper and black on the dressers). Anyway, I think the dealers themselves think the new Wide Glide is ugly (Off the record of course). The best thing to happen to the old Wide Glide, is the new Wide Glide!! Cheers, Francesco
Francesco Rizzuto -2010 Wide Glide (Very Ugly)  March 9, 2010 10:41 PM
Hello all, I was at the local Harley dealer the other day and asked where the new Wide Glide was. The coun ter person pointed at a bike that was right in front of the counter where I was, I could not believe my eyes. It did not look like a Wide Glide at all, and the counter person agreed. He said when they brought it out he did not even know WHAT model it was! To be honest the new styling is brutal, and the bike has an air of cheapness to it. Just my opinion, but I have to be honest. The 2008 105th anniversary model was way better looking, even the copper and black grew on me (Although I did not like the copper and black on the dressers). Anyway, I think the dealers themselves think the new Wide Glide is ugly (Off the record of course). The best thing to happen to the old Wide Glide, is the new Wide Glide!! Cheers, Francesco
English Bull Terrier -2010 Harley "Fat-Boy" Lo  February 16, 2010 02:50 PM
Recently saw the "new" Fat-Boy [Lo] at the Toronto International Bike Show; and I think it's great,just like it is. I'm a big believer in factory stock look. Customizing is great; but can get expensive. Anyway, this would be my first Harley[but 3rd bike owned in life-so far]. My question for $19000.00 Cdn. is this a wise purchase? I do not want ANY reliability,breakdown or lack of power issues. I know that sounds like alot,but so is $19000.00 Cdn. I,m in my just fifties,and have never ridden or owned a Harley But I am a very lite throttle rider. Any comment or suggestions would be great P.S. I think this bike is stunning.
valita -larson  December 9, 2009 10:51 AM
I have a 2010 fat boy lo, its the best I've ever owned, had a rebel, 883 xl sportster, the sporty I traded for my fat boy lo, all you people whining and crying must not have a harley, I've wanted a harley for as long as I can remember, I am a woman, 57 years old, 5'1" tall, my new baby has mini apes and mustache engine guards, he's one bad azzzzzzzz piece of machine!!!
RuffBoy -Harley v. Metrics  October 26, 2009 01:03 AM
I'm gonna throw out some of my observations because my first bike was a 2005 Honda shadow 750 and my 2nd (and still is) a 2007 HD Dyna Low-Rider. First the shadow was about 8k new, I sold it about 1.5 yrs later w/ 4400 mi and it was only worth 3k, (I was shocked to say the least). There about the same size however the Honda weighed about 450lbs and the hog about 750lbs. Probably because every piece of crome on the shadow was really plastic and the Harley is metal or billet. don't get me wrong for the money i think the Honda was a good bike especially for new riders, but its not even in the same class as the Harley when it comes to the quality of the materials used to make it. I also learned that honda had squat as far as accessories to customize the bike.what really shocked me was thew fact that Honda still uses drum brakes on the bike, so those who say HD is selling 10yr old technology might want to look again. It also had carburetors and you had to manually shut of the turn signals. The overall stability of the Honda is again not in the same class as the HD(especially in emerg stops and turning). I had to lay it down or T-bone and if i was on the HD there is no doubt in my mind I would have been able to stop and avoided the first two choices.At high speeds, turning and stopping the Honda really falls short of the HD. I'd say its pretty reasonable to assume when it comes to cruser class bikes all those bikers aren't choosing HD just for the name or some statis thing. To me I'd rather spend $16,000 and five yrs later its still worth 12,000 (or more) than spend $8,000 and five yrs later its worth $1,000 (if I was lucky). Thats why you can finance a new Harley for 10yrs, its the only bike that holds its value. It just simply comes down to the old "you get what you pay for"...Oh yea if your deciding between HD and a jap, compare the paint job on the two,, that pretty much speaks for itself.......
HDBreeze -Karen Secrest  September 30, 2009 08:13 PM
Karen,

In the club that I belong to, there are several women that ride. Most of them ride Harley Softails, like the heritage, Fatboy, or the Deluxe. They have a low seat height, low center of gravity, handle well, and have a light feel. The new Fatboy Lo would be a good choice. You could get a Sportster, but most people want to trade up to something bigger after a short time. The VROD is a good bike for a woman to ride too, because they are low, light, and easy to handle.
Karen Secrest -Women  September 30, 2009 12:53 PM
What size and kind of motorcycles do women usually purchase?
HDBreeze -Buy what you can afford and enjoy the wind in your hair!  September 20, 2009 04:39 PM
When you buy a Harley(other than the VROD), you are pretty much buying the same technology that the company offered in 1936, but with some modern tweeks. I believe that is the appeal for most people. The funny thing is that most of the metric companys are copying Harley, and there bikes perform about the same, if you were to look at stats. There are some great looking metric cruisers out there. I believe there is a bike out there for everyone. Competition is what this country was founded on. As far as Victory is concerned, I did a demo ride on a Hammer, and it was a good riding bike, but my Springer Classic would out-handle it any day of the week, and is way more comfortable. I think the Victory motors are ugly, and the dealer network is very limited. The Vision is the ugliest "scooter on steroids" that I have ever seen. How many have you seen riding down the road? The only decent looking bikes they make, owe their styling to Arlen and Cory Ness. As far as I know, they didn't become famous in their field customizing Hondas and Suzukis! I'm really not bashing, but trying to open some minds. If you read my post for the Star Stratoliner Deluxe, you may understand where I am coming from.
HDBreeze -Harley haters...  September 20, 2009 04:05 PM
Why does it matter to anyone what Harley is charging for their bikes? This is America, "home of the free", isn't it? I can't afford a Bentley, but I don't hate the company for it. Have you priced a Honda Goldwing, Star Stratoliner, or the new Vmax lately? Stop complaining, go buy a bike that you can afford, and then get out on the road and enjoy life! Besides, there are tons of low mileage used Harleys out there at great prices, for those that have the "need" to own a Harley. Ride safe, and keep the rubber side down!
GB -i meant to royboy  September 5, 2009 06:57 AM
i guess the boy part explains it all eh?
GB -robroy  September 5, 2009 06:56 AM
i can afford any bike i want. i probaly pay more in taxes than you make a year. and i love spending money, but i won't give it away to an inferior product. unlike you i have a life (an a penis) and don't have to purchase one!!
ssentamu nyanzi -engine inreament in size  August 28, 2009 06:31 AM
harley mortocycles are good machines but how much does a new one cost for the newest model 2010? and who are your agents in africa?
david burrow -new harleys  August 25, 2009 08:50 PM
My god the 2010 wide glide is the ugliest motorcycle i have ever seen!!!!! And not producing a Lowrider, What are they thinking at H.D. headquarters.. Time for someone to get fired
RoyBoy -2010 Harleyd  August 25, 2009 03:34 PM
What a bunch of cry babies! It really brakes my heart that you can't afford a Harley. Why don't you get a job! You get what you pay for. You also get a lot of money back when you sale your Harley in ten years. I just bought a 2010 Street Glide Trike. I paid around 29,000. This is a great investment. It is also a great bike and I can ride a two wheeler, but I like a trike. So all of you who really wants a Harley and can't afford one then you have to put them down. I really feel for you, but I can't reach you. Get a Harley or get a life!
Tom Martin -2009 Tri-Glide  August 21, 2009 01:16 PM
I owed a 2007 heritage softail peace edition, I trade it for the 2009 Tri-Glide. I H-D gave me a great deal on my softail. The best about H-D it is made in the U.S.A. Thank You H-D. My wife and I love the TRI-GLIDE rides Very Nice. Money well spent, Keep up the good work.
Speedjunkie -Ugly New HD  August 15, 2009 12:32 AM
Copeland is so right. The Dyna Wide Glide is as ugly as a Honda Rebel 250.
Lorin Troy -Victory 8 ball  August 10, 2009 08:28 PM
I had 2 harley's an 883 wich I would never look or try to own ever again and a 1200 custom, the 883 would not even do 60 mph shake like it was goin to fall apart, and the 1200 c was ok just not big enough for two,as for my 8 ball , its smooth and has plenty of room for a passenger,and get great milage 130 miles on 2.4 gallons of gas, but the rear brake just went out at 5,000 miles not happy with that!!!!! Victory needs to do something about the Rear brakes they suck bad its an epidemic brakes are goin out at 500 miles this is not right so VICYORY please do soemthing about the problem
HD owner as well -prices  August 10, 2009 04:19 PM
Wheelstanddan

FYI
I own a Honda Gold Wing and a Harley as well...I dont judge a man for what he owns but rather by his Ignorance... My friend just sold his 2000 1500cc for $18,500.00 in 0ne one day of advertising there are 1985-1987 1200cc's Gold Wings selling for $8500.00,.. and I put 498,000 k's on my Wing in 6 years lets see you do that on your Harley

I love HD because they are a much more comfortable bike to ride....But you can't beat the Gold Wings for performance.


Bill C -5th gear  August 10, 2009 04:02 PM
fixed on the 2010 Ultra

Too bad my 2009 still whines and costs 2300.00 for another supplier to make the gear
Very Diappointed with the 5th gear whine for me and my passenger

HARLEY Should pay for the fix
Curious blue -HEY HARLEY DAVIDSON, ARE YOU STUPID OR WHAT?  August 8, 2009 03:37 PM
I'll admit that most of the new bikes shown here are very simular to the last decades bikes, just more overpriced. Most guys don't buy a Harley because it looks like it's from the next decade, but from the last. Unfortunately at 20K they are just a platform that has to have thousands more thrown at it to make it go fast and look good. they build them this way stock because we let them get away with it. And also so you will buy tons of aftermarket crap with the name HD on it. They should all come with the 110 engine and a choice of seat and handlebars, chrome controls and tachs. The higher they drive up the price the more us guys will just buy used and improved ones from one another. In the long run these higher prices may not end up in bigger earnings and higher wages, but rather higher lay off numbers and lower profits and quality. If you are reading all the many comments all over the web saying the same things as we are here Harley Davidson, (as you should be)why don't you make some changes before it's too late? A lot of us just don't get it.
concreterick -harley sales or lack of;  August 8, 2009 11:50 AM
Well its been two weeks and no callback from two different harley dealerships on 2010 roadglide! And to add more insult talked to a third dealer today, drove 45 minutes to ride an 09 roadglide. When I got there they couldnt find the salesguy and after 45 more minutes I left. I guess harley is doing so well that they dont need my 22k so Ill say goodbye. Arrogance and indifferance will piss someone off everytime ! Hey new ceo of harley, start putting these sales clowns on commission only, you will see a vast improvement in sales.
Bill Smith -New HD Models  August 7, 2009 06:45 PM
How does Harley Davidson equate a new paint job to new model? HD needs to build an affordable bike that gets good mileage and is reliable. PS - who is the idiot that thinks someone should spend 15K or more for something to build on. That is the reason HD will continue to lose ground.
Wheelstand Dan -Harley Davidson  August 7, 2009 05:17 PM
I just purchased a 2009 CVO Road Glide, and still have a 2007 Road Glide. Road from Virginia to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, putting over 7000 miles on my 07 Road Glide in 18 days. My First Road Glide was a 99 year model that I sold in 2005 with 58000 miles for 9500 dollars. I bet a you cant sell a 2007 goldwing for 9500 dollars. Harleys are just as reliable as any bike on the market, with a lot more class.

GB -2010 HD's = YAWN.........  August 7, 2009 06:50 AM
will somebody please drag Harley into the 21st century.
Aussie Viking -Victory Sucks  August 3, 2009 04:32 AM
I recently took a Victory for a test ride in Aus and it was a tinny overated plastic Jap sounding expensive look alike try hard, I might sound one sided as I OWN A FATBOY but I wanted to see what the competion had to offer, even my mate that that test rode one aswell agreed that they look good on the net but let you down in real life. It actually made even prouder that I own a Harley because I KNOW I'M RIDING THE BEST. I also agree with Allen Copeland that the Wide Glide rear fender lets the bike down. Why change what works looks good and sells bikes.
flounder -2010 Fatboy  August 2, 2009 01:30 PM
The Fatboy Lo is badass, best looking factory bike ever.
ConcreteRick -Harley 2010 linup  July 31, 2009 07:54 PM
Apparently harley doesn't realize just how bad the job market is. Our govt. has let corporations send all the good paying jobs and all the manufacturing jobs go overseas leaving all with limited job choices at crap pay. The days of your 401k going up 20% a year are soooo over and no one has cash for a 22k motorcycle.
Harley needs to get off there ass and offer wayyyy more options on bikes like 103 motots and any paint on any bike ! I was a serios buyer for a road glide this year but I don"t want that orangy red lookin scarlet or black so I guess Ill wait till next year till they file chapter 11. The arrogance of the sales staff is laffable too, cant wait till they hit the unemployment line!
Dmitri Buck -Wide Glide!  July 30, 2009 07:36 AM
I truly excited about the Wide Glide. It's the bike that I wanted back in '07. Chopped that silly "old-school" fender, cleaned up the lines, and put the Fat Bob exhaust on it. It's a great platform to start some serious custom work. I can already see gloss black 16" apes on it and a Thunderheader exhaust. Say what you want about Harleys. It's not about the bike in its current form. It's about how it inspires the future bike you imagine in your head.
HarleyO -HD - How You Make Me Sad  July 30, 2009 06:32 AM
HD will undoubtedly be around for for many more years due to the strength of their name and the loyal customer base ... but only for those reasons. I've loved HD since I was a kid (since I first found out they were the only American motorcycle company), and suffered through all those years of poor products hoping that someday they'd build REAL motorcycles. Well, things did get better, and HD started making decent bikes and making a ton of money. Unfortunately, those years of profit making have been squandered. What does it say that the line that has the company's only "somewhat" modern engine only has three bikes now ... and they weren't changed a bit from last year. Looks like they've given up on the VRSC. Yup, it for certain now, HD will never be about cutting-edge technology ... just blacked out engines and powdercoating. SO sad.
BK glide -bikes  July 29, 2009 10:24 PM
As long as you have the wind in your face life is good, its just better with the sound of a Harley.
Undaunted One -Harley Ultra Classic  July 29, 2009 09:15 PM
Love Harley but the Honda Goldwing, by comparison, is a jet airplane. Yes, they're both expensive but the Wing is faster, more dependable, and most of all, it looks modern.
Raymond Fulton -Value  July 29, 2009 08:24 AM
I have had a few bikes in my time, presently have a 1200 Sportster roadster and I feel Harley doesn't get it. A little Kawasaki 250 Ninja will run with it, cut circles around it and carry my wife, a healthy full sized woman with less discomfort. Even though the Ninja had spit for torque- the power was around 10,000 rpm, I could keep up with traffic flow and pass slowpokes on I-75 in a timely manner. Gas mileage-my driving style, cautiously fast, would yield the high 40's. Had a fairing that kept the bike straight and liquid cooling that prevented overheating at long stoplights. So to Willie, or whoever is running Harley, get your ass off vacation and really have an independent person ride and change all the defects you have on your line. Start with your wiring on the 1200, looks very unprofessional, a hodgepodge of naked wire. I want to help!
ralph malph -you people whine too much  July 29, 2009 06:00 AM
1: Victory is not a competitor with H-D, in fact they are not even in the same ballpark. Oh like the Victory Vision is a BARGAIN? Ironically, the Victory Vision BASE model which is called "Victory Vision Street" is the same MSRP as the Harley Road Glide Custom, $18,999. Look at their website if you do not accept my research.
A 10th Anniversary Victory Vision is what? $28,999 say it ain't SO JOE ! Oh mr avg Joe is gonna go run out and buy a 10 year anniversary product which is a thorn in the heel of Polaris and can close up shop and not even bother with Victory brand and sell more other crap then the 10,000 bikes or so a year they sell rather produce.
Also, Victory's LOWEST price model is like 13G's ! 13? ??? thats a BARGAIN ! 1000 more then the Harley Superglide at 12 !

2: Sales of Motorcyles, industry-wide peaked in 2006.

3: Buell produces about the same number of bikes Victory does

4: Honda is really the only serious leader of the motorcycle pack.
And you mean to tell me a Gold Wing is a bargain price? Yea, if you find some old dead guy's Wing for sale by his wife strapped for cash to pay for the old coots funeral.

5. Go ahead bash H-D again and again. Your "competing" brands offer you the same crap for big dollars as well. Just do some real world research and you will see.

6. You people must have a real boner for Harley because you want one and you can not afford one. So you pick on the company and compare it to another company and say those are better bikes but you can not afford one of them too, so you buy RICE for the stamped out looking
effect on a bike.

7. Beamers ain't cheap neither!

8. Triumph Rocket 3 ain't cheap.

9. Victory does not have the dealer network. You're gonna break down and need Victory parts no matter what you say.

10. They (Vicotry) are throwing a 5 year warranty at you that you are paying for in their cost structure. Nothing is free.


P.S. Ever read about a MILLION MILE Victory? !
H-D has one...
T.J. Mays -what the hell?  July 28, 2009 09:40 PM
Victorys'bringing out a $15,500 touring bike, for the current and foreseeible future of bike riding. Apparently, harley met and said, we're in the middle of a recession, our profits are off 91% over last year, we're laying off thousands, I know? we're put out 9 new cvo models starting at 27,000 to 45,000. That will fix the company. And, the CVO models look just like Victory bikes, which are selling for thousands less. What are they thinking? To bring out even more expensive bikes in this economy. Are the Harley or davidson family grand children running the company and have their jobs due to ownership or something. What the hell are they thinking. Where's the VROD Touring bike for 15500 to capture the next generation of riders, generation X.They're not going to buya 860 pound touring bike for 27,000 and 34,000 probably out the door. Where's the 500 to 750 Sportster for all the women riders they're trying to get. All their manufacturing plants, hundreds of dealers all over the world and they only made about 19,000,000 profit last year? My stock was once 80.00 per share, now it hovers between 16 and 20.00 per share. I don't see it getting better with the new product line. Somebody please help me under the new model stragity of harley. I'm blown away with disappointment
Big Al -Nothing exciting  July 28, 2009 03:16 PM
I was thinking of a new touring bike like the Road King as a second bike but I really cannot see anything new for Road King. Terribly dissapointed
AmericanBad*** -2010 HD  July 28, 2009 12:29 PM
It is clear that HD is still banking on selling the name and not concerned with offering their loyal, to a fault, customer base something they can really get excited about. BaggerChris is on the right track, Victory is making some really big waves and the old HD boat is taking on water.
back at 55 -H.D. prices  July 28, 2009 11:54 AM
come on, get real and sell some bikes
Allen Copeland -2010 Lineup  July 28, 2009 11:51 AM
Uggliest bikes I have ever seen. Or is that Harleys intent to get EVERYONE to buy a lot of chrome??? The Dyna Wide Glide went from my favorite bike to one I would NEVER pay a cent for... U G L Y !!! The old style fender was the bikes signature piece. And 25K for a touring bike?
wish I owned a Harley -2010 HD's  July 28, 2009 09:11 AM
Lower the prices on all your bikes. Thats just one of many reason why people can't afford a Harley. Metric bikes offer a lot more for the money, but they still can't sound like a Harley:)
bryan harley -don't stop there  July 28, 2009 08:59 AM
The 103? Heck, hook 'em all up with the Twin Cam 110 they use in the CVOs. That's one solid V-Twin. Sampled it recently when riding the 2010 CVO line.

But, you know how it goes. Even if they did come with the 110, then what'd be next? The days of 'bigger is better' are over. Efficiency is in. It's a precarious line to tread, how to keep providing the power riders crave without neutering the bike. Besides that, it's always good to have a little something to entice people with.


BaggerChris -2010 HD  July 28, 2009 07:45 AM
I think all of the Big twins should come with the 103 incher at no additional cost. Look at what Victory has done and at least TRY and keep pace.