2011 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic from United States of America


This motorcycle is disappointing


Cruise control at 1,500 miles.

Coil at 11,200 miles.

Right rear brake caliper at 14,500 miles.

Seat started to wear at 3,000 miles.

General Comments:

The motorcycle has a great ride, and is a real treat to take on a trip. It has many performance problems.

1. The gas mileage is 30 around town and 33 on the highway, providing the air filter is clean and the spark plugs are not old.

2. The power and efficiency curves are roughly as follows.

A. Power curve is 55 to 75 mph; the higher the speed, the worse the performance.

b. Efficiency curve is 55 to 65 mph, and is dependent on heat, speed stability and throttle settings.

3. Both curves are affected by heat, and the engine appears to be constantly searching for air-fuel mixture. This constant searching also affects MPG.

4. All of these issues can be corrected with after market parts and tuning, but the cost associated is $2,000. With a sticker price of $32,500, having to spend the additional money to get the bike to operated as you would expect it should off the showroom floor is outrageous.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2011

29th Sep 2011, 11:35

I have a Triglide also, and I would like to know what the 2000.00 add ons were that made the bike a better bike?

7th Jul 2013, 09:06

We had our 2012 Tri Glide at the dealer yesterday about the heat on the right side, burning the wife's leg while she is riding (alone). Was told we could change the breather have the "cats" knocked out and reprogram the computer to lower the heat on that side. All for about 1200 dollars to fix a problem HD created along with Fed Gov EPA regulations. Have owned HDs for many years, including 3 at the moment. We wait for the bugs to be worked out of the trikes before buying one, but maybe it was too soon.

27th Sep 2013, 14:20

We have a 2013 Tri Glide.

I fell off ladder in August 2011. We normally put 28,000 to 35,000 miles a year on our Ultra 2008, then 2010. We thought the Tri Glide was the way to go.

So far this year we have put 6,500 miles on it, and probably will not put many more on this year.

At 409 miles, new rocker arms and push rods, front cylinder.

2,000 miles, broken down on I-65 south of Birmingham Al. No clutch, and very hard to steer at 25 mph on the interstate.

Not a good ride compared to the Ultras. Solid rear axle.

Hope to trade it to a new Ultra next year. And by the time you add a rear bumper luggage rack, and an easier clutch from the dealer, it's almost $40,000.