It is believed roll-over issues have been the main sticking points, but there were other small issues such as a reversing lamp.
“Australia has a unique set of compliance issues and we’ve been working through them for several years now,” he told us early last year.
“It’s a very important part of our line-up. It won’t represent massive sales, but it’s an important niche.”
Demand for trikes
There certainly will be some demand for Harley trikes judging by the ever-growing numbers of custom and conversion trikes turning up at rallies these days.
The ageing demographic of riders also points to a growing demand for something a little more manageable for old legs.
Nigel believes the Harley-Davidson trikes will sell well because they are factory made and tested, not an untested conversion or individual custom build.
And unlike many custom trikes, they don’t run car tyres on the rear, but motorbike tyres made by Dunlop especially for Harley.
While Harley-Davidson has not been able to import their own trikes into Australia, private importers have been able to import them in restricted volumes for several years. However, they are expensive and do not have factory warranty back-up.
Harley has not been prevented from importing their trikes into New Zealand where the Tri-Glide Ultra sells for $52,495 and the Freewheeler for $42,495.
For Harley to import their own trikes into Australia, they required ADR compliance.
“We’ve invested a lot in this project,” Nigel says.