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A Closer Look at the Harley-Davidson FLRT Freewheeler

 Harley-Davidson FLRT Freewheeler

Harley Davidson fans all have their own panache, and their bikes are a huge part of that style. For those who want the looks and sleek appeal of a motorcycle, but prefer a little more stability, there's nothing like a trike to have it all. The Harley-Davidson FLRT Freewheeler is a stunning example of exactly this idea. It has the classic front end of a great Harley, with wide hips and trunk space you need for getting more done without ever sacrificing the wind in your hair.

Touring on a Trike

Whether you like to go it alone and ride solo or take a companion in comfort and style, a touring bike is great, but a touring trike  is even better. With ample trunk space like you find on the Harley-Davidson FLRT Freewheeler, you can carry more luggage with you. Gone are the days when saddlebags and a backpack is all you can really possibly bring.

Especially for couples, this is an ideal ride for a short vacation. You still have to pack relatively light, but you can swing a week-long getaway before you need to do laundry. Having the ability to carry more of what you need means less expense for you. Plus there need to sacrifice your style and limit your fashion choices just to make the trip.

The other outstanding aspect of a Harley trick for twosome travel is the stability an extra wheel gives on the back end. For new riders or those who struggle with their balance, this is a way to ride and minimize the danger. When it comes to carrying a passenger, it applies doubly. An inexperienced passenger can throw off your movements and put you both, and your bike in danger. Essentially, a trike has the benefits of a car with the soul and looks of a motorcycle. We call that a win.

Pack Light but Come Prepared

Not every rider cares for looks or feels the need to pack heavily for a trip. If you're more inclined to pack light, saving the trunk space gives you other options. If a weekend at the lake or a cabin in the woods is more your speed, you can take hunting or fishing gear and go camping with a good trike. There are so many options; the hardest part of being a trike rider is choosing what to do with all your extra space.

When you're just making short hops or traveling around town, the trunk is a way to carry every tool you could possibly need. For the mechanically inclined, saving money on minor repairs is second nature. Triple-A is excellent, but not needing them is better. If you don't yet know how to work on your vehicle, it's an essential skill, and having the ability to take what you need to do the job can help motivate your learning in addition to facilitating it. You can even add saddlebags to your trunk, so you have the ability to bring tools and plenty of luggage at the same time. All in all, it's just a smart way to travel.

Trike Upgrades 2019 Edition

This years' Harley's come with some radical upgrades that are sure to bring your ride to the next level. We're always excited to see what the industry leaders have coming down the pipes. Harley Davidson certainly went all out with entertainment, brake upgrades, suspension improvements, better lighting options, and of course, more power. We'll break it all down for you, so you know what you're getting with the latest trikes.

Bright Ideas

We all need lights to see the path ahead. They aren't the first thing we think about, but without them, traveling at night wouldn't be possible. Fortunately, Harley thinks of everything. The 2019 bikes come with 7-inch Daymaker Adaptive LED headlamps that have some pretty cool integrated tech. The sensors inside the lights can sense the angle of your bike and give you extra light going around corners so you can see a clear path.

They'll Hear You Coming

With the rumble of your Milwaukee-Eight® 114, with it's improved torque (5% better than the previous model) and the wind in your ears, it can be challenging to get good music. You don't want to put in earbuds in case an emergency vehicle is coming, plus they're just awkward with your helmet on. Harley came up with a great solution in the form of the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Now you can ride and listen to your tunes.

Smoother Ride & Better Stopping

No one needs more bumps in their ride, so the Free wheeler comes with Emulsion technology rear suspension. The single-knob preload adjustment gives you greater adaptability. Compensating for heavy loads and riders with ease is the best way to get a smooth ride. The best upgrades are all in the safety department, which never hurts. Going fast means you need to stopping power, so Harley went with the best in their linked front and rear Reflex Linked Break System this year.

  • Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) to keep you in control when you need it most.
  • Traction Control System (TCS) so you know you'll keep your wheels under you in any road conditions.
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS) is the obvious choice to make sure your breaks do their job.

Final Thoughts

It's hard not to love a great trike, and with the latest upgrades on the well-loved Free wheeler line, it's even harder to say no. Every motorcycle has its own unique style, but a trike is unforgettable. We've been ogling this bay boy for a while, and it's well worth checking out if you want the best of everything Harley Davidson can give you all in one sweet ride.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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