Harley-Davidson 2010 Model Lineup Revealed

The Motor Company will offer 34 motorcycles in 2010, including a new Dyna Wide Glide and an Electra Glide Ultra Limited

If you're hip to The Motor Company's operating procedure, you already know that the new model lineup is typically unveiled at its dealer show, usually just before the start of the Sturgis Rally. Along with the machines, Harley rolls out its new Parts & Accessories and latest MotorClothes merchandise here as well.

Anybody who reads the business pages also knows that The MoCo has had its share of financial woes these last few quarters (the company expects to ship from 212,000 to 228,000 motorcycles worldwide this year, down 25 percent from 2008). In response, HD has decided the best defense is a big offense, and is releasing nine new models for 2010. The machines include upgrades and new features across six model platforms. According to Harley, it's never introduced so many new models in one year before.

The nine "new bikes" include five additions to the regular lineup (four new production motorcycles, one new trike), while the other four are the CVO models, which, as we already reported, include the CVO Softail Convertible, CVO Street Glide, CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide and CVO Fat Bob.

Still, it's a fuller cruiser roster than any of the other OEs are sporting this year. Here's a quick overview...

2010 FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited
MSRP $24,699
There's a new king in Harley-Davidson's Touring line, and he's called the Electra Glide Ultra Limited. This seriously upgraded Ultra boosts touring performance with a Twin Cam 103 engine (the Twin Cam 96 is still used on Electra Glide Classics and Ultra Classics), and packs on standard equipment items previously available only as accessories on regular-production Harley Touring bikes. That means Brembo triple-disc brakes with ABS, heated hand grips, an integrated Smart Security System, a Tour-Pak luggage rack, saddlebag and Tour-Pak liners, and a 12-volt/15 amp power supply inside the Tour-Pak all come standard on the Ultra Limited. Several special two-tone paint schemes will be available only for the Ultra Limited model for a limited time, and the bike also features its own 28-spoke cast aluminum wheels with contrasting black and chrome accents.

That rubber-mounted 103 cu. in. mill is said to increase torque by 10% over the previous mill, for a claimed output of 102 lb-ft. The Ultra limited also gets a new set of chrome 2-1-2 dual exhausts with a tapered muffler.

The updated Premium Tour-Pak now has a sleek luggage rack outside, but inside, there are also new side pockets, D-rings for clip-on attachments and shoulder straps. The Ultra Limited gets special I.D. medallions on the fuel tank and front fender, while the pilot's-eye view offers new gauges with a 'titanium' finish, white LED backlighting, and a larger font.

2010 FLTRX Road Glide Custom
MSRP $18,999
As for the "RoadGlide will be gone" rumors running rampant on the HD forums, technically, they're right... and wrong. Harley has chosen to drop the Road Glide standard model, instead adding a new model called the Road Glide Custom. The 2010 Roadie essentially gets the Street Glide treatment, with a slammed suspension, 18-inch front wheel and a new 2-into-1 exhaust system. This is the Harley bagger that has a frame-mounted fairing (the Street Glide has a fork-mounted unit). The rear suspension has been dropped an inch, for a lower, ground-hugging profile that's complemented by "ground effects" at the bottom of the rear fender.

The back end's new taillight assembly boasts a pair of LED brake/tail/turn lamps that does away with the separate tail/stop light combo. The Road Glide Custom also gets a new 2-into-1 pipe arrangement that replaces the previous 2-1-2 exhaust system.

The 18-inch Black Slotted Disc aluminum wheel upfront has machined highlights and rolls on low-profile Dunlops that are an inch bigger than last year. A new, shorty windshield also sports a low profile, and you can't miss the familiar frame-mounted Shark-Nose Fairing upfront, with two sizeable compartments integrated into each side.

The 2010 Road Glide Custom still uses the Twin Cam 96 engine for motivation, along with the upgraded chassis that the entire 2009 Harley Touring line received. This "bagger with swagger" also carries over last year's electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control, but its 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission has a new helical-cut fifth gear.

2010 FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide
MSRP $14,499
You may remember this bike from its run as a special 105th Anniversary model in 2008, after which it was unceremoniously dropped from the line. For 2010, the Wide Glide returns to the Dyna platform, with old-school styling cues and a lowered front and rear suspension that drops the solo seat to 25.5 inches. With its distinct front end and black wire sissy bar sitting on a chopped rear fender, it offers a slice of the past with modern technological underpinnings.

The 21-inch, 40-spoke black laced front wheel sits between a wide 49mm fork. At 34 degrees, the rake on the Wide Glide is the longer than the other Dynas, with extra space between the fork and frame created by wide polished aluminum triple clamps. Drag-style handlebars with internal wiring sit atop four-inch black risers, offering a lean and clean look.

Out back, a chopped rear fender hovers above new Michelin Scorcher tires. The back scene is super-clean, as the central tail lamp has been swapped out for dual red LED rear stop/turn/tail lights and the license plate mount has been moved to the left side of the chassis.

A black "wire" sissy bar, 2-1-2 Tommy Gun exhaust and an optional flame paint scheme complete the coolness. The powertrain gets black powdercoat with contrasting machined and chrome highlights, while the 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission features a new helical-cut fifth gear for smoother runs.

2010 FLSTFSB Fat Boy Lo
MSRP $16,299
How low can you go? Harley's new Fat Boy Lo (or LoFat, as we took to calling it) has set the bar fairly rock-bottom. Eschewing the flashy chromium of its taller brother, the Lo Fat's satin chrome and denim black treatment is a subtly blacked out riff on the bike that started the fat-custom segment. The front and rear suspension are each lowered 1.15 inches, and seat height is just 24.25 inches - the lowest of any production Harley. The next lowest Harleys are the Rocker and the Softail Deluxe at 24.5 inches.

With all that lowering, naturally the Lo Fat aims for new ergos, so its low-riding seat has a narrower cut to help those short of inseam get an easier reach to the ground (or as H-D says, "more of an 'in the bike' feel").

The Lo is Dark too, as evidenced by a gloss black finish on its triple clamp covers and nacelle, headlight bucket, air cleaner trim, rear fender supports and floorboards. The frame, swingarm and oil tank also have a denim black finish, while the Twin Cam 96B engine is powdercoated black. Completing the darkness are 17-inch cast aluminum wheels with black centers and machined outer rims.

You might guess the Fat Boy Lo would slot into Harley's new Dark Custom bikes, targeted toward younger riders, but the Motor Company doesn't spin it that way. Still, with its low seat height, narrower handlebar and less intimidating stance, it'll likely make a few younger and female riders take a second look.

2010 FLHXXX Street Glide Trike
MSRP $26,999
After Harley jumped into the three-wheeled motorcycle ring last year with its 2009 Tri Glide, you knew it had bigger plans. Following in the Tri Glide's considerable contact patch is the 2010 Street Glide trike, which goes for the leaner, sportier look, a la Harley's Street Glide bike.

With less bodywork and more compact ergos, the newest Harley three-wheeler skips the bulky Tour-Pak, opting for a smaller trunk with 4.3 cubic feet of storage.

If you spied it just from the front, you'd swear it was a Street Glide. The same 'batwing' fork-mounted fairing with a smoked wind deflector shows front and center, coupled with a deep FL front fender atop a 16-inch tire. Providing the go-power is a Twin Cam 103, the same powerplant found in the new Electra Glide Ultra Limited.

The square, Volvo-like backside is made up of fenders (that can be removed individually) and a trunk with a luggage rack and brief passenger pillion up top. The back end rides on a set of 15-inch, 205mm wide tires connected by a rear-axle assembly with an aluminum center section and steel axle tubes.

With the Tri Glide Ultra Classic remaining in the lineup for 2010, The Motor Company now has a bona-fide Trike Family, comprised of a sporty three wheeler and a traditional touring-style model. The 'cycles are designed by Harley but manufactured by Lehman Trikes.

And the Rest...
As for the other bikes in the 2010 lineup, most get cosmetic (read: new paint) upgrades. The only existing model to get major mods for 2010 is the Street Glide. Updates include a larger front wheel, slimmed-down exhaust, and the new LED brake/tail/turn light assembly and Tri-line LED at the bottom edge of the rear fender. An 18-inch cast aluminum front wheel with machined highlights replaces the previous 17-inch front.

Meanwhile, the Electra Glide standard model has been dropped, though the Electra Glide Classic remains.

Over in the Dyna family, the Low Rider has been bumped, while in the Softail platform, the Night Train gets the pink slip. The FXCWC Rocker C is gets carried over from 2009, but is now the only version of Harley's stretched, fat-tire cruiser.

The VRSC family is now comprised of three bikes: the V-Rod, the Night Rod Special and V-Rod Muscle.

Finally, Harley has trimmed the Sportster line down to six models. The 883 Custom has been dropped, but the Iron 883, introduced mid-year, is back, and the Motor Company's popular 'We Ride Free' program remains in effect until August 31st. The program guarantees that the price you pay for your Sportster is the same price you'll get back when you trade up to another bike in the Harley lineup.