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1x1.trans Shelved Harley Davidson Trike Prototypes

Several years ago, drawings of a trike on a patent application by Harley-Davidson appeared on the Internet. The drawings depicted a leaning trike – a vehicle with a suspension system that allows leaning while cornering, just like motorcycles do. Recently, it turned out that Harley even made several prototypes of the mysterious leaning trike. The prototypes, powered by a 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin engine, were produced under the code name Penster and designed by legendary custom car builder John Buttera.

The photos with the orange trike show the final prototype from 2006, while the burgundy trike is the early prototype from 1998. The prototypes are now displayed in the Harley-Davidson museum.

1x1.trans Shelved Harley Davidson Trike Prototypes

1x1.trans Shelved Harley Davidson Trike Prototypes

1x1.trans Shelved Harley Davidson Trike Prototypes

1x1.trans Shelved Harley Davidson Trike Prototypes

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1x1.trans Shelved Harley Davidson Trike Prototypes

11 Responses to Shelved Harley-Davidson Trike Prototypes

  1. Whit Dennis says:

    They should apply that technology to the Side-Car to help in handling

  2. C S Walters says:

    As I get older I find that my balance has leaned to the left and I find that my bike days are fadeing away. So I knew i could not afford to buy a real trike so I checked around and ordered a two wheel in the rear trike from china. i feel stupid riding it and when i see a harley i look away so as not to be seen. But it is what it is and gets me around town. It cost less than a used car and i can feel the wind in my face 350cc water cooled engine and if i ever need parts I’ll have to take a boat to China

  3. gary edwards says:

    super cool i would like to ride one . if it feels good on the road , lets do it!!!!!

  4. Aubrey says:

    Did CAN Am coppy the design.

  5. dab says:

    i DONT REMEMBER WHO THE MANUFACTURERE WAS, BUT AT BIKETOBERFEST IN DAYTONA BEACH THIS PAST OCT, THERE WAS A COMPANY THERE SELLING THIS PARTICULAR MODEL TRIKE REAR SUSPENSION….THERE WAS A WORKING SUSPENSION ON DISPLAY…. THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HARLEY DAVIDSON

  6. Ron says:

    Lets put them on the market and let the american public decide if they are ready for this type of 3 wheeler harley.

  7. roger roberts says:

    i would love to see one on an electra glide or road king

  8. joe Consol says:

    i AM IN THE MARKET FOR A HARLEY TRIKE. i WOULD BUY ONE OF THESE IN A HEARTBEAT.

  9. J.C. says:

    Are yall kidding??? They would price them around $50,000 or $60,000!!! That’s what they did with thier trikes. $38,000 for the street glide trike and $40,000 for thier ultra classic trike!! And that was without reverse!!! They made you pay and extra $800 for reverse not to mention the labor of installing it. Nope hope they never build them!!

  10. Nancy says:

    We are going tomorrow to look at the anniversary tri-glide anniversary edition Harley Davidson. We are wanting it for retirement ..husband is 60 and me 55..looks like something that would world for us

  11. Mary Woods says:

    OK i still say can am or harley if you put two wheels in frount it looks like you put your “trike” togeather backwards. Dont call it a trike and HD would probaly not make it at a price that would compete for real marketablity. Anyone that has a harley knows its expensive – worth it no doubt but expensive!

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