Harley-Davidson has officially introduced its new 2015 Freewheeler trike. The three-wheeled cruiser from the Milwaukee based manufacturer will join its elder sibling, the Tri Glide Ultra Classic, which is more of a tourer.
Trikes are bound to ride a little differently than motorcycles. So Harley-Davidson has taken a different approach to the way this three-wheeler has been engineered and has built the Freewheeler from the ground up. The frame and chassis structure is engineered to specifically handle the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle.
Up front is a dual halogen lamp, mounted on the fat telescopic fork and frame. A body coloured fender covers the 19-inch cast aluminum front wheel, which is flanked by 6-piston dual disc brakes. At the rear, the Freewheeler has two 15-inch cast aluminum wheels on either side of a low-profile waterproof trunk that according to Harley-Davidson can fit two full-sized helmets.
The Harley-Davidson Freewheeler is powered by a ‘Project Rushmore’ 1690cc, air-cooled High Output Twin Cam engine. Harley-Davidson says the engine produces 141 Nm of torque at 3250 rpm. A six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission takes care of transmission duties. The fuel tank holds 22 litres of fuel and H-D promises an efficiency figure of around 17 kpl, which should provide the Trike a decent range.
The Freewheeler sports a handlebar mounted electric reverse system and also comes with an optional H-D smart security system. The brakes are rear to front linked which ensures when the rear brake is applied the system also applies the front brake for maximum stopping power. However, the front brake is independent so you can use it without applying and brake to the rear.
Do let us know in the comments section below, if you like the idea of an additional wheel added to the motorcycle, or is it the number two which will continue to float your boat.