Wednesday, September 30, 2009

2010 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic

2010 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic - front view - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell




The first thing I noticed about the trike was that it was backed into the parking spot.

Readers may know that I am not that into Harleys, but even at ten paces this struck me as an unusual machine. For one thing, it seemed all Harley, front to back. Every other three-wheel H-D I have seen was an after-market affair, but this bike’s running gear and bodywork looked seamless, and Harley-Davidson badges and etchings outnumbered the U.S. Marine Corp insignias.




2010 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic - engine detail with Marine insignia - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell




After giving it the once over, but leaving my camera in the car, I entered Black Canyon to complete my original mission. Coffee. Walking towards the counter, I saw Dennis sitting alone at a table reading the paper. I knew the Harley had to belong to him, because printed across his chest, his T-shirt read “got freedom?”

(This is a game I like to play by myself – or sometime with others. When you walk into a smaller restaurant or coffee shop, and you notice an unusual vehicle in the lot – try to identify the owner of said machine. I am usually pretty good at it, although it can be tricky.)




2010 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic - instruments - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell



“Yep, that’s mine” Dennis told me. Dennis confirmed that his bike came right from the H-D factory with all three wheels, and, yes, it does have a reverse gear. He’s had it about a month and has logged some 1,300 miles, hurrying to get it through its break-in process. He’s trailering the bike down to Tennessee soon to meet some friends and ride the infamous “Tail of the Dragon”, a tangle of a road that has 318 corners in just 11 miles.




2010 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic - rear view - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell




Out in the parking lot, I asked Dennis about three-wheeling vs. two-wheeling. He admitted that “You lose the freedom of the road – that’s what I call it…”, as he grabbed imaginary handlebars, and tilted at his hips - one way then the other. “With this, instead of leaning, you use your arms to steer.”

But Dennis praised the handling and comfort of the three-wheel ride, and added that his wife really liked the feeling of stability. And being able to control the radio from the back seat.




2010 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic - Dennis - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell



2010 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic - U.S. flag reflected in chrome - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell



I urged Dennis to take it easy on the Dragon’s Tail, three wheels or not, and he climbed aboard his Tri-Glide, released the parking brake and took off, flags flying.





2 comments:

  1. Wonderful fun and great machine once you figure out how to steer and NOT lean it through the turns.

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  2. Jack D -

    Yeah, that's what Dennis said. It's almost more like driving a very agile car, because you actually steer the thing with your arms.

    Here's an interesting alternative, with one wheel in the back!

    http://aol.it/gwCNgj

    - Jeff

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Thanks for commenting! Double clutch!!