Harley-Davidson Freewheeler First Look Preview

Three’s a fast crowd sometimes. The 2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler.

Three’s a quick crowd typically. The 2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler. (Harley-Davidson/)

Motorcyclist doesn’t cowl trikes usually. The basic “one in entrance, two in again” trike is a small subsection of new motorbike purchases. However the success of “Roadster” fashions from Can-Am and the Polaris Slingshot however, conventional trikes have endurance. Some assume trikes aren’t “actual bikes.” Duly famous, thanks, subsequent. In America, when you’ve acquired disposable earnings and time to journey in your golden years, you’re profitable at life.

The 2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler will get a restyle and refresh for its ninth yr of official existence. Also called the FLRT, it debuted in 2015 as a leaner and meaner tackle the Tri Glide Extremely Traditional. It dispenses with fairings and baggage racks and focuses on the getaway a part of getting away.

The entrance finish, headlight “nacelle,” tank console, hand and foot controls, powertrain, and exhaust all get black finishes rather than earlier chrome. Rear 18-inch wheels exchange 15-inch wheels to provide the Freewheeler a extra customized stance, together with gloss black-painted forged aluminum wheels. Mini-apehangers and bobtail rear fenders spherical out the redesign.

The oil-and-air-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114ci mill returns for a fifth yr, together with an electrical reverse gear, slash-down exhaust suggestions, and a trunk able to holding 2 cubic ft. That’s 56.6 liters for readers throughout the pond. Rider aids embody (deep breath): Cornering Enhanced Digital Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Management System, and Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Management System.

You gained’t discover the largest RTB (marketing-speak for “cause to consider”) within the press launch. Aftermarket trike conversions are their very own cottage business, however the Freewheeler comes straight from the manufacturing unit, with a guaranty, dealership assist, and Milwaukee’s personal engineering. What does the press launch say? “Using on three wheels has by no means been so superior.” There you’ve gotten it.

Nonetheless not bought on a trike? Get pleasure from gazing open home windows and using a rocking chair. For the remainder of you, your blacked-out chariot awaits.

Accessible in Vivid Black, White Sand Pearl (add $750), and Vibrant Billiard Blue/Billiard Grey (add $1,500). MSRP begins at $29,999.

Gloss Black 18-inch rear wheels give the H-D Freewheeler a more custom stance.

Gloss Black 18-inch rear wheels give the H-D Freewheeler a extra customized stance. (Harley Davidson/)

Blacked-out 2-2 exhaust pipes, controls, and trim add to the “hot-rod attitude.”

Blacked-out 2-2 exhaust pipes, controls, and trim add to the “hot-rod perspective.” (Harley-Davidson/)

The Freewheeler’s 2 cubic feet of storage means light antiquing isn’t off the table.

The Freewheeler’s 2 cubic ft of storage means gentle antiquing isn’t off the desk. (Harley-Davidson/)

Not a bingo hall in sight—the Freewheeler makes life’s riding season a bit longer.

Not a bingo corridor in sight—the Freewheeler makes life’s using season a bit longer. (Harley-Davidson/)

2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Technical Specs and Worth

PRICE $29,999
ENGINE Milwaukee-Eight 114ci oil/liquid-cooled V-twin
BORE x STROKE 4.016 in. x 4.5 in. (102.0 x 114.3mm)
FUEL DELIVERY Digital Sequential Port Gas Injection, ride-by-wire
CLUTCH Moist, 10-plate; mechanically actuated slip-assisted
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 90 hp @ 4,750 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 122 lb.-ft. @ 2,750 rpm
FRAME Metal tubular
FRONT SUSPENSION 49mm twin bending valve
REAR SUSPENSION Hand-adjustable emulsion rear suspension
FRONT BRAKE 32mm 4-piston mounted, twin floating rotors
REAR BRAKE Floating 36mm piston, mounted rotor, built-in parking brake
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Solid aluminum
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Dunlop Harley-Davidson Collection, bias blackwall; 130/60B-19 / Radial blackwall rear; 215/45R-18
RAKE/TRAIL 26.0°/3.96 in.
WHEELBASE 65.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 26.2 in.
CONTACT harley-davidson.com