The big news from Harley for 2009 is that aside from a new touring frame and the release of its long awaited Trike, there really is no big news. Harley has instead opted to, in the words of Willie G. Davidson,“refresh and refine our line for 2009.”
Many minor changes across the full line include new badging, higher handlebars, chrome touches etc. The Sportsters get a new front fender and enhanced suspension and the custom Sportsters get a new rear wheel.
The Dyna Street Bob is restyled for 2009 and the Dyna line gets a new speedo, new fuel sender, and new front fender. The Softail line sees the Heritage going even more retro with a cleaner nacelle, cats eye dash, filled recessed tank badges, higher handlebars and some other detail touches. The Crossbones model sees some detail changes and a Willie G. autographed version on the gloss black model along with the aforementioned detail changes.
The Touring line is the most radically affected of the entire Harley line with all 7 touring models getting a new frame, new swingarm, new wider tires, new wheels and revised engine mounts and mounting position. This results in crisper handling and more luggage space. It also allows for better engine heat management and greater rear tire durability.
The V-Rod line adds the new V-Rod Muscle that features a new deeper seat, new exhaust, wider air box, new wheels, new triple trees, new inverted forks and a host of other high performance touches.
The CVO line adds a high performance limited edition Road Glide along with a high performance Dyna Fat Bob.
The long-awaited introduction of the new “Tri-Glide” trike gives the company its first 3-wheeled vehicle in over 60 years and is designed for state of the art 3-wheeled touring. It features a high performance\ 103 CI motor, major refinements in steering geometry said to reduce steering effort by 25% and amazing luggage capacity and ride comfort for 2. Look for a complete report on this bike in an upcoming edition of Quick Throttle.
So there we have it for Harley 2009. Lots of “refreshing” and lots of “refining” that along with the new touring chassis and the new Tri-Glide will give dealers a truly full plate to offer riders for 2009. Though not a part of this new line intro, the Cross Bones was actually a “drop in” model in February, and continues to enjoy strong sales. H-D will likely continue this trend as it injects excitement into the line-up more than once a year. And on that note, we would be remiss if we did not pass along news (or rumors?) that Harley will be debuting a new Softail in January 2009. We believe this will be the much anticipated “women’s Softail” rumored to be in the works at H-D for the past 3 years. With current sales figures showing Harley selling almost 13% of its new bikes to women, what would make more sense?