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.
2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Technical Specs and Worth
|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|
|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|
|SEAT HEIGHT||26.2 in.|
|FUEL CAPACITY||6.0 gal.|
|CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT||1,118 lb.|