New Harley-Davidson Tri-Rod?

After the Servi-Car (introduced in 1932) and the launch of the new Tri-Glide Ultra Classic for 2009, rumor is that Harley-Davidson is about to launch a new trike with 2 wheels upfront  and pivoting on an independent parallelogram to help the bike lean like a motorcycle. It has to be confirmed (Harley didn’t comment) but the 3-wheeler would be equipped with a V-Rod Engine (could it be called the Tri-Rod?), and could be shown at the Intermot Motorcycle and Scooter Fair in Cologne, Germany (October 8-12). Drawings by Harley-Davidson from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.S. Patent and Trademark Office. To follow…


20 Responses to “New Harley-Davidson Tri-Rod?”

  1. 1 That Girl Sep 29th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I’d call it the “3-Rod”. 😉

  2. 2 Pitbull Sep 29th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    It’s gay unless your handicapped.

  3. 3 bcarter Sep 29th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I saw it last week on the Wired blog. I don’t see it going over very well with Harley fans.

  4. 4 Seymour Sep 29th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    “I don’t see it going over very well with Harley fans.”

    Dude, HD doesn’t GAF. They don’t want fans, they want buyers.

    Good Morning! Here’s your OJ and your bowl of CRAP!

  5. 5 bcarter Sep 29th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Ok, so I misspoke. Replace fans with buyers. How literal do I have to get for some people to get the point. Next time I’ll draw you a picture.

  6. 6 Brett Sep 29th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    So is the Spider selling that well that Harley has to jump into this market???

    Seriously, how about staying away from the fads & make you core product a better one???

  7. 7 bcarter Sep 29th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    My point exactly! Harley buyers, fans, faithful, riders, enthusiasts… whatever you wanna call them don’t want gimmicks or fads. Pitbull said it well enough, “It’s gay unless your handicapped.”

  8. 8 Missy Scott Sep 29th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Back in 1913, Harley came out with a front-end three wheeler called the forecar delivery van that could be fitted with a big box or basket on the frame over the front wheels. It was aimed more at small commercial delivery markets like florists, ice cream vendors, etc. It actually did fairly well at the time, but was obviously not a cruising or sport machine. I guess you could have stashed your boyfriend or girlfriend in a basket on the front, though.

  9. 9 hoyt Sep 30th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Full fledged tilting motorcycles (instead of the MP3 Scooter) have an appeal when you stop and consider off road and even snow riding.

    Check this out:

    I’d like to see HD put the Revolution engine in a sport tourer chassis. There’s not many sport tourers on the market that have a v-twin engine and even less that are stylish.

  10. 10 AC Sep 30th, 2008 at 8:38 am


    I think your all missing the point. Harley Davidson loyalists already own an HD product. HD is trying to attract new buyers to their brand, the same brand which by the way will wither on the vine, waiting for those same loyal HD owners to come in and trade their old bikes for a slightly updated versions. The future of the motorcycle industry is all about niche markets like the TRI-ROD, its good to see that the Motor Company gets it, even if Harley Fans, Faithful, Riders, an Enthusiasts don’t!

  11. 11 a 1 cycles Sep 30th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    yes harley is reaching and trying to keep up..the can am spyder is selling 6 month wait for the color of your choice..they cant keep up..i have already done performance work on the trikes..they are not for everyone but they are selling…the new touring trike from harley..another example of leting other companies test the market then jumping on the wagon to cut their piece of the pie..they are smart they will always have the died in the wool fans (buyers) and loyalists but whats wrong with more riders on different machines..i remeber when shovel guys thought evo bikes were gay! its just another example of not wanting change.

  12. 12 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycles Sep 30th, 2008 at 10:06 am

    This is another way for Harley to expand their market and tap into new buyers as the 3 wheeler market is a growing sector. It’s a smart move not only for new buyers but also for the aging population of riders. Anything that gets people out of 4 wheel cages and into our sport is a good thing for our industry.

  13. 13 T Sep 30th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    It would be a good ride in the Winter

  14. 14 Doc Robinson Sep 30th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I have it on good authority that Harley-Davidson have purchased a small Mid-West company that makes scooters (gophers) for the elderly to still have mobility. Thus, a their demographic ages even further, the Motor Company will be well placed to keep their customers riding the bar and shield. Personally, I can’t wait to see the CVO gopher which spy cameras have suggested is already being tested in Montana Walmart car parks by none other than Willie G. Flame paint is standard;ape hangers an option.

  15. 15 James (Another Kiwi) Oct 1st, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    It might be a good thing but it looks ugly,What about a looking more classic, like a Morgan 3 wheeler.

    Tally Ho.

  16. 16 Mike Greenwald Oct 3rd, 2008 at 1:29 am

    “It might be a good thing but it looks ugly,What about a looking more classic, like a Morgan 3 wheeler.”

    Tally Ho.


  17. 17 Brett Oct 3rd, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Funny that people would bring up a waiting list for the Spyder & how they can’t keep up.

    Seems to me that was when Harley was at it’s best. When they had their 3 year waiting list for a new bike. Then they made the mistake of ramping up production & getting financing so everyone who wanted a Harley could buy one. It was nice for a few years, but that is where they got into trouble. Everyone has one & people don’t just keep trading them in every year like they used to.

    It’s time for Harley to go back to the 90’s & scale back.

    I’m sure we’ll start seeing the Harley Snowmobile again. Maybe they should just start production the Harley F-250 truck. Ford isn’t doing to well anymore.

  18. 18 Ken Heath May 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Call it a gay or whatever. Had a chance to Demo Ride Spyder today along with 6 of my buddies who ride Harley. At the light, 3 of us decided to do a little racing and the Spyder outgunned both Harley (1800cc and 1854cc) without even having to change to 2nd gear. The 1800cc was able to catch up but every time it changed gear, it fell behind.. All of us agreed that for the price and its performance.. it is really a good deal. It has temp gauge, fuel gauge, gear info, etc. with a big fuel tank at 6.6gal. Needless to say, we are impressed and in disbelief of what we saw today. It was an enjoyable day for us to ride out together.

  19. 19 Ken Heath May 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Sorry, the other cc is 1584cc not 1854cc.. my apology for incorrect.

  20. 20 Bones Oct 26th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Ok, I’m handicapped, not gay, and it looks like it’d be a heck of a fun ride to me. If HD builds it, they will come…

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