• Sep 29, 2008
Click above to view HD's 2006 patent drawings for a leaning trike

Harley-Davidson introduced its first official trike in years earlier in 2008 and now looks to flip things around a bit with a new reverse-trike that leans into corners. Rumors indicate that the huge American Motor Company will bring the corner carving trike in concept form to a motorcycle show set to take place next month in Cologne, Germany. If that debut indeed takes place, the machine is likely to be powered by the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine from the Rod series as opposed to the 45-degree air-cooled mill powering most of its bikes. We've known that the company has been working on this design for the past few years, filing patent drawings way back in 2006. The market is definitely ready for it now that Piaggio and Can Am have toed the waters. We look forward to seeing just how accurate these rumors prove to be next month. Thanks for the tip, Moose!


[Source: Wired]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Torrent, your right low ranked! Your comment stinks.

      Can am spyder absolutely though, but your wrong about trikes. They make the most sense. Worlds safer than motorcycles. Interesting all the harley guys call the can am every name in the book and now those same people will soon be riding there very own! Albeit overpriced as hell. I do like tha fact this leans, but when it starts costing as much as a very nice car or a great used car, count me out. The can am is about the most I would spend. All the spyder needs is better touring abilities - cross country. A lot of guys say it gets uncomfortable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rear wheel trikes are not safer than motorcycles. When a rear tire goes down on the trike it immediately yanks you into the other lane, when you turn the bars too fast on a trike or try to steer and throttle at the same time it under steers into the ditch. If you lift a rear wheel on a trike you'll get a tank slapper going that your 250 lb. body is not going to be able to settle down. Honestly I don't know how these are even legal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uhm. No thanks. HD needs to restyle this thing so it doesn't look like a modded Softail. It's the 21st century; you're designing something new for the 21st century; it's time to throw away the old styling cues and come up with something *radical*. Not just in design, but in styling as well.

      HD, back to the drawing board for you!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I could so go for a bike like this (yes over my two wheel SV650) unfortunately it's going to be even more expensive then their already overpriced two wheelers. Unless one of the Japanese 4 jump on the bandwagon these type of machines will be out of reach or at least hard to justify for those of us up north who are lucky if they can ride for half of the year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they put the air-cooled 45 degree V-twin (potato-potato) engine in it I will buy one and immediately install straight pipes !
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope it doesn't look like that drawing... that one makes it look confused.

      As for the "no one likes 3 wheeler motorcycles" idea... well, you might not like them but someone does. Can-Am is selling these to someone. Regular bikers might scoff at them - but many of them also had a hard time "accepting" sport bikes. It may just take some time.

      They certainly gather quite a bit of attention anytime I've seen one around here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think if they can make it weatherproof for the rider, safer then a standard motorcycle and look decent they would sell a lot. If they don't have all 3 of those attributes I would think it would be fairly pointless.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nope, those cars you have heard of have 4 wheels and a whole bunch of regulations that go with them. Dolt.

        Why someone would buy a trike over a car, which are the same reasons they would buy a motorcyle over a car:
        more fun
        lightweight
        fuel usage/speed is theoretically less

        Why someone would buy a trike over a motorcycle:
        not capable of riding a motorcycle
        want to be different

        Those 2 reasons aren't very compelling to me. But add in the fact that I could use it 365 days of the year, an effort has been made to make it as safe as possible and the thing doesn't look hideous and I'm sold. I think it would be an awesome commuter that would be fun on the weekends as well.



        • 6 Years Ago
        I think that this new species that you speak of, is also know in other circles as a "c-a-r".

      • 6 Years Ago
      I own and love my Harley, but would rather have this then the Harley version which will most likely manage to weigh 900 pounds:

      http://www.gizmag.com/the-brudelli-leanster-remarkable-car-bike-fusion/10089/

      "The Brudelli is a new variation on the Motorcycle which takes advantage of a two-wheeled front end to offer a dynamic riding experience that delivers the leaned cornering of a motorcycle with the precision steering and traction of a multi-wheeled vehicle."
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is f____kin queer. Only a giant blubbering vag would ride a 3 wheeled bike.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yea three wheeled cycles are lame if your a fully physically capable rider. What about all the guys who have been made paraplegic by riding, or other injuries? it ain't like they can ride a normal bike. OCC build that custom trike for that contest winner, bikes like this allow people who 1 don't have the skill or confidence to ride a normal cycle or 2 don't have the physical capability.

      i think its pretty cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like to read about how two wheelers, who've never been on a Spyder, comment on how they wouldn't like it.
      1) Since June, I've been to 5 bike rallies and have more pictures of naked women on my spyder than I had on all the harley's I've owned over the last 18 years.
      2) Zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds, and as nimble as a 700 lb Miata.....
      3) Easy to work on, and there are no aftermarket goodies, so you need to have "old school skills" to modify them.
      4) All weather riding. ABS, TCS and VSS means you hit the road and stay on it until you get there.
      5) I was proud of my bikes, but I have fun now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I look at this article and what do I see?
      A Can-Am Spyder looking back at me.

      I might get low ranked, but....

      No one likes 3 wheeler motorcycles. It's like the buyers kinda want a motorcycle, but also kinda want an ATV, so they get the best of both worlds...

      kinda lame tbh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Three wheel bikes:suck. End of story.
        • 6 Years Ago
        About time someone took this concept and delivered it in a motorcycle format. Many riders do not have strength or even legs to ride a motorcycle. Now the yearing can be fullfilled if this model is built.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No Problem, Jeremy, you're welcome.
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