This past Saturday marked the introduction of the 2010 line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Our local Nashville dealership held a special unveiling event but I was not able to go! Still, thanks to my friend Laura at the Motor Company and the awesome H-D website I was able to check out the new line-up.
Most interesting to me among the new models is the re-introduced Wide Glide… pictured above. I’ve always liked this bike and like it even more with a few retro appointments. The Street Glide Trike, pictured below is also kind of interesting with it’s vintage utility-cart-like vibe… and the Fat Boy Lo is also kind of cool.
Here is the scoop on the 2010 lineup:
The 2010 line-up is made up of 34 motorcycles and includes nine new models – the most expansive new-product introduction in the history of the Motor Company.
– The Electra Glide® Ultra Limited model delivers the performance upgrade of a Twin Cam 103™ engine, and features standard equipment items previously offered only as accessories on regular-production Harley-Davidson Touring models.
– The new Road Glide® Custom model looks lean and mean, with a slammed suspension, 18-inch front wheel and a new 2-into-1 exhaust system.
– The Wide Glide® returns as an all-new Dyna® model done in old-school chopper style, with black laced wheels, a chopped rear fender, black “wire” sissy bar, 2-1-2 Tommy Gun exhaust and an optional flame paint scheme.
– The new Street Glide® Trike brings stripped-down, hot-rod styling to the three-wheel category, and joins the Tri Glide™ Ultra Classic® in an all new Trike family for 2010.
– The new Fat Boy® Lo presents a darker and lower interpretation of the motorcycle that still defines the fat-custom segment.
– Updates to the 2010 Street Glide® model include a larger front wheel, slimmed-down exhaust, and a new tail light assembly.
– Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO™) will offer four new limited-production models for 2010: the CVO Softail® Convertible, CVO Street Glide, CVO Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® and CVO Fat Bob®.
Having said all that… I still have to tell you that the H-D that I dig most continues to be the Iron 883. I mean look at it below… it’s just plain cool and the possibilities for making it even cooler are endless. Plus there is good news… the price on the Iron 883 only increased $100 for 2010!
Photos courtesy of www.harley-davidson.com.
For a long time we were hoping for rain in Middle Tennessee… now we can’t seem to turn it off. Things have been so bad this weekend that down in Aetna (about 80 miles southwest of Nashville) people are being evacuated in flat-bottom rescue boats. The National Weather Service even issued a statement, warning about “life-threatening” flooding. Crazy!
It’s not that bad where I live but still we are getting a ton of the wet stuff and my riding plans for the weekend have been completely trashed. (Sounds trivial compared to what the people in Aetna are facing… I know.) So… here I sit again on a Sunday morning at the local coffee shop, eating a little breakfast and writing about motorcycles instead of riding them.
To feed my 2-wheeled addiction I thought I would take a gander at the 2009 offerings from five top manufacturers and see which one bike in particular from each is the no-brainer pick for Swag’s garage. You might be surprised at my choices but here are the bikes that excite me the most.
HONDA: Yeah, I know… everyone is buzzing about the new Fury but honestly; it doesn’t do much for me. And of course there is the awesome Gold Wing but if I can’t seem to get past the ST1300. The combination of sportbike looks and performance with touring comfort seems like a winning combination to me. This bike makes me want to take a month off and ride to the West Coast and back.
YAMAHA: I’ve been a distant fan of the mighty V-Max for several years now and the 2009 version is as bad as ever! I mean what’s not to like? Muscle car looks meets better than muscle car performance.
SUZUKI: Check out the new Gladius. An aggressive looking 650 with street fighter looks… this bike seems like it would be right at home… both in the canyons and on the morning commute to work.
KAWASAKI: Hands down… my choice from Big Green is the Ninja 250R. It’s been a long time since I got excited about a 250cc motorcycle that didn’t have knobby tires on it but this thing has all the “cool” of it’s big brother Ninja’s but is entry rider friendly with its 333lb dry weight and easy to digest MSRP of $3499. My guess is that Kawasaki is going to own the 2009 entry-level market… but may also gain a lot of “bike #2” business from the experienced rider looking for a commuter .
HARLEY-DAVIDSON: As I did with Kawasaki… again, I am foregoing the eye candy and all the bells-and-whistles to go with the entry level Iron 883. Are you telling me that a rider can get into a H-D bike that is dripping with Harley attitude for under 8 grand? Uh… yeah. H-D has a real winner here.
The April issue of Thunder Roads Tennessee is now in the stores and this month my article is about the new Harley-Davidson Iron 883. So… all my fellow Tennessean’s… be sure to grab a copy at your local dealer!
Thunder Roads Tennessee has been in publication for 10 years now and is the primier motorcycle publication in the state of Tennessee… and the good news is that it is absolutely FREE!
My friends over at Bost Harley-Davidson in Nashville got one of the new Iron 883’s in today so I ran over to check it out on my lunch break. Like I said in my RANT on January 28th this thing is really cool. The first thing that hit me was the “blacked-out” vibe this bike has. Pictures don’t really capture the flat-black-rat-bob vibe that is so in your face. The other thing is that the bike has a really low feel to it. I tell ya… if this thing had some wrapped pipes and 15″ apes, it just might be the perfect modern-day, old-school bobber. Click the link below to check out the pics I took.
I got an email from my friend Kelly at Harley-Davidson today. She keeps me up-to-date on the happenings at the Motor-Company and there is something cool going down again. H-D has added a model to the Dark Custom series and it’s called the Iron 883.
Bare bones for sure… this new model is much like a “baby” Nightster… and I like it A LOT! Features include… well not many features! There is lots’s of black, straight cut shorty exhaust, drag bars, solo seat… it’s right up my alley! Basic rat bike looks with modern day conveniences (like Fuel Injection and rubber mounted EVO) and the cool thing is that MSRP is only $7899. I have three words for you… I’m Diggin’ It!
You can check out more about the Iron 883 at
(Photos in today’s RANT courtesy of Harley-Davidson.)