Harley Davidson has announced its annual Icon Collection, bringing back the beautiful Electra Glide in a very limited 1500 unit production run. The annual ‘Icons’ program offers very limited-edition motorcycle models designed to elevate the brand’s traditions and celebrate Americana by revisiting classic Harley-Davidson design themes or by exploring ideas for the future of motorcycle style. Each year, the brand will launch one or two models, with a single production run for each one never to be resumed or repeated.
Harley Davidson Electra Glide Revival Model
Displacement: 114 cu in (1,868 cc)
Torque: 158 Nm (117 ft-lb) @ 3250 RPM
Engine configuration: Four-valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total).
Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission (reduces engine RPM at highway speeds to enhance fuel economy).
Built for the nostalgic enthusiast in all of us, the introduction of the Electra Glide Revival model reminds us of exactly what a retro-classic motorcycle should embody. Both distinctive and timeless, the style of the bike is inspired by the 1969 Electra Glide with the infamous “batwing” fairing accessory, an instant on-the-road identifier of many Harley-Davidson models since it debuted for the first time over 50 years ago.
“We live in a very dynamic time, each of us experiencing constant change… the Electra Glide Revival model is an oasis in this daily turbulence, a way to reconnect with the fundamental Harley-Davidson DNA that created Grand American Touring,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson vice president of styling and design.
Design highlights include a solo saddle and chrome rail, mounted over an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber, a nod to Harley-Davidson FL models from the 1960s and a functional feature that adds comfort. Chrome steel laced wheels and wide whitewall tyres add to the nostalgic look, as do brilliant chrome on front fender rails and saddlebag rails, front fender skirt, Ventilator air cleaner cover, fork covers, and auxiliary lights. The bike will be offered in a single colour scheme for the ‘Icons Collection’ inspired by the original 1969 colourway. A two-tone fuel tank in Hi-Fi Blue and Black Denim bisects a Birch White stripe, with Hi-Fi Blue paint on the fenders and side panels.
The bike is full of nostalgic style, so you’d be forgiven for thinking this revival model would miss out on modern appointments. Not so fast, the foundation of the Electra Glide Revival model sits on a single-spar Harley-Davidson Touring frame with a rigid backbone design to sustain the weight of luggage and to support the engine’s power. Designed for the long haul, a single knob hydraulically adjusts the pre-load of rear shock absorbers for optimal ride and control.
There’s a Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with colour touch screen, two fairing-mount speakers and advanced navigation and hand and voice commands (when paired with a compatible headset) plus Android Auto application and Apple CarPlay. Yes, Apple Carplay in a retro-inspired Harley that looks like it came right out of the ’60s.
To read more about the Harley-Davidson Icons Collection, and the Electra Glide Revival model you can head over to Harley Davidson’s website linked below.