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2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike Review

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2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike Review
Photo © Basem Wasef

The Bottom Line

A low slung three-wheeler that trades key H-D touring bike traits for a more urban vibe.

Pros

  • Head-turning looks
  • Inimitable Harley-Davidson sights and sounds
  • How'd they make 1,110 pounds fun to ride?

Cons

  • Handling can get funky without the safety net of electronic aids
  • Cheaper than a Tri Glide, but still expensive at $26,999
  • Massive footprint, yet only 4.3 cubic feet of luggage space

Description

  • Price: $26,999 (vivid black), $27,799 (Red Hot Sunglo)
  • Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103 (1,688cc) v-twin engine produces 101 ft-lbs @ 3,500 rpm
  • Electronic cruise control, 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission; electric reverse available for $1,195
  • Brakes: 4-piston, dual-disc 300mm front, dual-disc 229mm rear (with lever-actuated parking brake)
  • Air adjustable rear shocks
  • Fuel capacity: 6 gallons
  • Fuel economy: 48 mpg highway, 33 mpg city
  • 40-watt, 2-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system with CD/MP3 player
  • Seat height: 28.4 inches (unladen), 26.75 inches (laden)
  • Luggage storage capacity: 4.3 cubic feet, 50 pound maximum

Guide Review - 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike Review

We've become used to seeing "backward" trike setups like the Can-Am Spyder, but Harley-Davidson keeps the traditional trike paradigm alive by following up their Tri Glide Ultra Classic with the Street Glide Trike, which has a more affordable starting price of $26,999 (compared to the Tri Glide's MRSP of $29,999.)

The Street Glide Trike offers stripped down looks and a sportier look, ditching the Tri Glide's top case and passenger arm and backrest for a lower slung silhouette. After picking up my Street Glide tester, it didn't take long to see that at its core, this three-wheeler is more comfortable as an urban runabout than it is an interstate hopper.

Though the Twin Cam 103 powerplant earns a respectable 48 mpg on the highway, 70 mph cruises proved to be an exercise in Turbulent Wind Buffeting 101, due to the sleek but low smoked mini wind deflector. The fork has been raked out and lengthened (with an Öhlins steering damper added for additional stability), but it still takes considerable attention to maneuver the Street Glide through higher-speed turns— not only for motorcyclists trying to unlearn the fine art of countersteering, but also because weight transfer can get a bit dodgy with this much mass getting hurtled around.

But after piloting the Street Glide through local neighborhood roads, more agreeable sides its personality emerged: the signature Harley exhaust burble, its tendency to turn heads and elicit smiles, not to mention the fact that it gets surprisingly fun to ride at sub-highway speeds. Sure, the Street Glide is bumpy and unwieldy with an overall footprint that feels only slightly smaller than that of a Cessna, but Harley's cheapest trike also happens to be loads of fun once you let yourself go a little bit (of course without getting too lax about asking more from its handling capabilities than it has to offer.) As with pretty much all of Harley's big touring bikes, the saddle is comfortable, and the array of instruments in the cockpit substantiates the trike's asking price. The 40 watt Harman/Kardon sound system is a welcome addition, though cruise control probably won't get nearly as much usage. My test bike was outfitted with electric reverse- a $1,195 option- but it had difficulty engaging, which might easily be attributed to the fact that press fleet bikes tend to be ridden (and abused) like rented mules.

The Street Glide's flaws are aren't insubstantial— among them minuscule luggage capacity and sparse wind protection. But if you're a Harley loyalist who digs trikes and don't plan on riding long distances, the Street Glide is as real deal as any of its two-wheeled H-D counterparts.

Who Should Buy the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike?

Die-hard Harley trike fans who crave the brand's signature personality traits, but don't need much luggage room or plan riding for long distances.

>>Click here for a 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Trike Photo Gallery

>>Click here for a 2010 Harley-Davidson Buyer's Guide

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