Slice of classic Americana: Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival could put the swinging sixties in your garage

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Harley-Davidson have launched a new Icons Collection, starting with the Electra Glide Revival. The Icons Collection will be an ongoing project for Harley that will highlight classic American style with one or two limited edition models a year.

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All the bikes in their new collection will be serialised, will come with a certificate of authenticity and a guarantee that the models will never be repeated.

The first bike in this new collection is the Electra Glide Revival, which has been styled to look like a 1969 FLH, perhaps better known as the ‘Electra Glide’.

The Electra Glide has been an enduring model for Harley, having first entered the range in 1965 when the Panhead-powered FL became the first big-twin Harley to be fitted with an electric start.

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival on the road

One year later the Panhead motor was replaced by the Shovelhead, and three years later again in 1969 a fork mounted, removable ‘batwing’ fairing was offered as an accessory alongside a pair of panniers. It’s this model that the Revival celebrates.

The Electra Glide Revival most closely shares its DNA with the Street Glide Special these days and it’s this bike with which it shares the most tech. It’s powered by the latest version of Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee-Eight engine, in 1868cc guise, which produces a 118ft of torque.

The bike only comes in Hifi Blue with a period inspired tank medallion and scripted lettering. The batwing and panniers are painted in Birch White to echo the original white moulded fibreglass units.

You also get a classic sprung saddle just like the 1960s machine, incandescent peripheral driving lights and laced chrome steel 16” wheels with whitewall tyres complete the nostalgic look.

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival seat and panniers

Despite its classic looks it's sporting plenty of modern tech inside the batwing, including a giant full colour TFT screen with inbuilt sat nav, smartphone connectivity and speaker system.

The Revival also comes with Harley’s electronic safety net in the form of cornering ABS, electronically linked brakes, lean sensitive traction control, engine braking control, hill hold control and cruise control.

It’s even got Showa Dual Bending valve suspension, and Showa shocks with remote preload adjustment. Words that didn’t even exist in 1969.

If you want to bag one for yourself you’ll need to be quick. Harley are making just 1500 of these worldwide and dealers in the UK are only getting one each. Even with its £27,995 price tag they’re sure to sell out fast and likely appreciate in value too.

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.