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How is a Harley-Davidson trike different from a motorcycle?

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A Harley-Davidson trike is a three-wheeled alternative to conventional two-wheeled motorcycles. Harley-Davidson manufactures two trike models, the Tri Glide Ultra and the Freewheeler. The Tri Glide Ultra is a touring-style trike that offers the same performance power and Project Rushmore-inspired luxuries as Harley's touring bike line-up.

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How is a Harley-Davidson trike different from a motorcycle?
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The Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra trike carries the same High Output Twin Cam 103 engine, chain-driven drive-train and six-speed Cruise Drive transmission as Harley's conventional touring motorcycles. As for appearances, the Tri Glide Ultra has the same body lines and luxuries as a Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited touring motorcycle. The Tri Glide Ultra has a base price of roughly $33,000 as of 2015, while an Ultra Limited motorcycle starts around $26,900. The Tri Glide Ultra's v-twin engine and high-flow airbox deliver 106 pounds of torque per foot and 70 rear-wheel horsepower.

The Harley-Davidson Freewheeler is a hot-rod style motorcycle on three wheels. This more streamlined trike eliminates the luxury styling of the Tri Glide and reduces the price while keeping the same engine performance. The Freewheeler has the same air-cooled v-twin engine and six-speed transmission as Harley's other touring motorcycles. Mini ape-hanger handlebars and bobtail fenders add to this trike's clean body lines and low profile appearance. The Harley-Davidson Freewheeler starts at roughly $25,000.

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