It’s no surprise, as we’ve already seen the spy photos and California Air Resources Board documents, but Harley-Davidson has officially introduced its new Freewheeler trike, adding a second three-wheeled model to go with the Tri Glide Ultra Classic.
Whereas the Tri Glide is designed for touring needs, the Freewheeler is more of a cruiser with 12-inch mini-ape-hanger handlebars and bobtail fenders.
Up front is a seven-piece nacelle with a dual halogen lamp mounted tight to the 49mm telescopic fork and frame. Below the headlight is a slender front fender covering the single 19-inch cast aluminum front wheel. The 12-inch ape hangers bring the hand controls up and closer to the rider, though potential shoppers should check with their state’s restrictions on handlebar height.
At the rear, the Freewheeler has two 15-inch cast aluminum wheels on either side of a low-profile waterproof trunk that Harley-Davidson says offers a 2 cubic-foot capacity and can fit two full-sized helmets.
The Freewheeler is powered by Harley-Davidson’s 1690cc air-cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 instead of the Tri Glide Ultra’s Twin-Cooled engine. Harley-Davidson says the engine produces 104.7 ft-lb. at 3250 rpm. The fuel tank holds 6 gallons, just as in the Tri Glide, while claimed fuel economy is 39 mpg, an extra mile compared to the Tri Glide (it helps that the Freewheeler’s claimed curb weight of 1082 pounds is 133 pounds lighter).
The braking system is linked, with the foot pedal activated both the front and rear brakes. The front brake lever only controls the front brake.
Other features include electronic cruise control, foot-activated parking brake, electric reverse, and a hydraulic Assist and Shift clutch lever.
The 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler will be available in Vivid Black for $24,999. Solid color options raise the price to $25,499.