In the mid 1960’s Harley-Davidson needed to fight back from Japanese and English imports. It had three models in the range, two Sportster versions and the Duo Glide. Harley needed to join the high-tech party due to an abundance of Japanese examples.
In 1965, the kick starter was replaced with an electric starter on the Duo Glide and the Electra Glide was born. Modifications to the frame were required due to the new the electric starter needing a 12-volt battery. With this came the redesign of the oil tank which was then moved to the left-hand side of the bike. The 1965 Electra Glide had a “Turnpike” fuel tank and was named as one of the most notable Harleys ever. In 1966 Harley-Davidson replaced the “Panhead” engine on all Electra-Glide models with the “Shovelhead” V-twin. The name was given due to the shape of its rocker covers resembling the up-turned blade of a shovel. The Shovelhead saw Harley-Davidson through until 1984.
The 1969 Electra Glide brought us the iconic fork-mounted “batwing” fairing. It was a removable option due to it not having the speedometer or any other electrical elements mounted in it. From the factory it would have white-wall tyres and chrome-plated oval ‘ham-can’ air filter. The 1969 Electra Glide is still seen to be a classic and its making a comeback.
On the 26th of April at 4pm, Harley-Davidson announced the first Icon Collections Motorcycle. The New Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival is now for sale. With only 1500 units made worldwide and 30 coming to the UK, don't miss the chance to own a part of Harley-Davidson history.
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