When comfort and cruising are more desirous than maneuverability, three wheels can be better than two. In 2010, Harley-Davidson introduced a new trike to its illustrious history of manufacturing. This new trike is stripped of all the unnecessary bells and whistles and focuses instead on cruising city streets and long stretches of highway with impressive power and fuel economy. It's not often that you'll get behind the handlebars of a motorcycle weighing over 1100 pounds and enjoy 48 mpg on the highway, but that is precisely what is offered with the 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike.
The 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike shows an effort to cash in on the growing popularity of the 2008-2009 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic, and to compete with inverted trikes like the Can-Am Spyder. The Tri-Glide Ultra Classic served as a premier touring model, but was seen as impractical for zipping around urban environments, or quick joyrides and jaunts into nearby rUral areas. The Street Glide Trike would address all of these issues and provide trike enthusiasts with much more practicality.
Much like its big brother (Tri-Glide Ultra), the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike is an immediate head turner. The Street Glide offers a sleek profile and an overall sportier look than most V-Twin trikes. The trike comes standard without backrests, suggesting a passenger rides wrapped in tandem. However, between the rear wheels, there is a standard storage trunk capable of holding up to 50 pounds of luggage, groceries, sports equipment, or whatever else might fit in the 4.3 cubic feet of limited space. The 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike was offered in two factory colors: Vivid Black and Red Hot Sunglo.
When comparing this trike to its competitors, it simply possesses a more youthful and customizable look. The bike is an excellent base to build on, or to simply enjoy as the contours of its design aren't clouded by the dozens of accessories that are synonymous with touring trikes such as the Ultra Classic and Honda's Goldwing line. It also possesses the traditional growl of a Harley-Davidson V-Twin, as the 103 cubic-inch engine gives way to dual exhaust.
The instrumentation is presented in a heads-up display, just below the windshield on the windscreen. There are a variety of kits and accessories to make for more comfortable long-distance cruising and touring: seatbacks and seat rests, luggage rack options, and various travel cases. This model comes with a stock, two speaker, 40-watt stereo system including CD/MP3 players. For riding and maneuvering convenience, there is also an optional push-button, electric reverse feature available.
Trikes serve as excellent options for beginning riders, but they handle much differently than a motorcycle. One of the concerns addressed by many test drivers of the 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike is the weight exchange issues that arise when enduring turns at high speed.