Harley-Davidson’s Icon assortment of limited-edition retro-styled machines based mostly on vital historic fashions is continuous with the announcement of the Electra Glide Freeway King.
Primarily based on the 1968 mannequin FLH Electra Glide, the brand new bike is a contemporary machine which doesn’t appear like one.
For a begin the 114 Milwaukee 8 engine will trounce all around the 1968 mannequin’s powerplant, the brakes have gone from drums to ABS-equipped discs, the trendy chassis and tyres enhance dealing with out of sight… however many, many individuals will probably be fooled, considering you’re using a fantastically restored basic.
There’s a restrict of 1750 examples being produced. Speak to your Harley-Davidson seller pronto if you need one.
Under is the press launch…
HARLEY-DAVIDSON LAUNCHES A NEW ICON WITH ELECTRA GLIDE® HIGHWAY KING
Icons Motorbike Assortment Takes a Experience Again to the Swingin’ 60s
SYDNEY (Could 3, 2023) – The Electra Glide® Freeway King mannequin, the third instalment within the Harley-Davidson Icons Motorbike Assortment program, is an train in unabashed nostalgia. Laced wheels, wide-whitewall tires, a two-tone windshield, solo suspension seat and punctiliously curated colors are all impressed by a real Harley-Davidson icon – the 1968 FLH Electra Glide® mannequin, a motorbike that dominated the street in an period of paper maps and 15-cent burgers. The restricted version Electra Glide® Freeway King mannequin combines the aptitude of the Swingin’ 60s with the consolation and know-how of a contemporary Harley-Davidson® Grand American Touring bike.
The Icons Motorbike Assortment is an annual program for the restricted launch of a brand new mannequin that gives a recent interpretation of an iconic Harley-Davidson® bike. A restricted assortment, every mannequin is individually numbered and produced solely as soon as. International manufacturing of the Electra Glide® Freeway King mannequin won’t exceed 1,750 examples.
In 1968 the Electra Glide® mannequin topped the Harley-Davidson® bike line. Riders who needed a bit of further touring consolation and comfort may order theirs with the King of the Freeway equipment group, which added fiberglass saddlebags, a windshield, a baggage rack over the rear fender, and engine guards.
“In its day this was a extremely deluxe bike,” mentioned Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design and Inventive Director. “The colors we’ve chosen for the Freeway King mannequin are harking back to the unique color choices supplied in 1968. We fastidiously matched every color within the decrease part of the windshield. In 1968, the accent fiberglass saddlebags had been solely supplied in white, so we’ve accomplished the identical in 2023. The result’s a completely fashionable bike that appears unapologetically old fashioned.”
The Freeway King mannequin will probably be supplied in two color choices: Hello-Fi Orange (restricted to 1,000 produced) and Hello-Fi Magenta (restricted to 750 produced). Australia and New Zealand will solely obtain the Hello-Fi Orange color possibility. Laborious-shell saddlebags are completed in Birch White, and a Black Denim panel on the gasoline tank is separated from the first color with a Birch White accent stripe. The tank badge is similar to the one utilized in 1968. An Icons Motorbike Assortment graphic and serialisation badge is laser-etched into the console insert.
The removable windshield includes a tinted decrease part colour-matched to the paint color. A solo saddle with a black-and-white cowl and a chrome rail, mounted over an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber, is one other nod to the fashion of Harley-Davidson® FL fashions from the Nineteen Sixties. Stainless-steel laced wheels and broad whitewall tires add to the nostalgic look, as do the good chrome entrance fender rails and saddlebag rails, entrance fender skirt, and Ventilator air cleaner cowl. An Electra Glide script is positioned on all sides of the entrance fender.
The muse of the Electra Glide® Freeway King mannequin is the single-spar Harley-Davidson® Touring body with a inflexible spine design. All the chassis is designed for the lengthy haul. A single knob hydraulically adjusts the pre-load of emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers for optimum trip and management based mostly on bike load. The 49mm forks with twin bending valve suspension know-how ship linear damping traits for a easy trip.
A Milwaukee-Eight® 114 V-Twin engine delivers energy with authority. For the rider targeted on efficiency this engine accepts all relevant Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Stage Improve kits. Customary digital cruise management holds a gradual pace for consolation on lengthy rides. Halogen headlamp and auxiliary lamps present excellent illumination whereas sustaining the nostalgic styling. Reflex™ linked Brembo® brakes supply stopping energy. A full suite of Rider Security Enhancements by Harley-Davidson is commonplace, together with Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System, Cornering Enhanced Digital Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Traction Management System, Cornering Drag-torque Slip Management System and Automobile Maintain Management.