2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler from United States of America
TERRIBLE TO RIDE due to heat and rear suspension buck board ride
The bike is terrible to ride compared to the previous 15 Harleys I have owned. Two major design problems.
1. The heat coming off the right side makes the trike impossible to ride. Your leg becomes so hot at a traffic light you have to take your foot off the brake and place it far out to the side. I installed the seat deflectors, but the heat is terrible. The heat is radiating horizontally off the front jug and heater pipe, so that stopping is impossible. At speed it is far less of a problem. This is a design issue they should have solved before selling the bike.
2. The ride is terrible due to the solid axle on the rear. If you hit a bump with either tire, the bike will rock back and forth. Hold on, it is a bumpy ride. For the money Harley should have installed independent rear suspension; coil over shock half shaft suspension.
Knowing what I know today and because of health reasons, I would have found a set of training wheels for my FXSTC.
See above - 2 major design issues that were both preventable through engineering design.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th July, 2019
19th Aug 2019, 03:38
The Freewheeler is a good bike, once it’s broken in. Own a 2016 and have never had a problem. 17,000 miles on it. Bumpy ride. Depends on the road.
20th Sep 2019, 03:18
The Freewheeler is no different than any bike I have ridden. You get some heat in hot weather. Never stopped me from riding coast to coast last year in July. I do have the typical heat deflectors above the cylinder. Been riding bikes since 1958. Honda, BMW, Yamaha, Indian, Velosolex, BSA, Victory, HD. Most all motorcycles will heat your legs in hot summers. YOU'RE SITTING OVER THE CYLINDERS.
28th Oct 2019, 03:30
I like the Freewheeler, 2016. But the critical comments are correct.
Hard to believe in this day and age Harley Davidson is mechanically imperfect. I have owned Harleys since 1955 and now believe that the bikes will be bought out, have a slight name change and will sell again. Yes, bankruptcy is in the HOG's future. I hate to say it, but the Japanese bikes are 100% superior. My next and last bike will not be a Harley.