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Harley-Davidson brings back Hydra Glide name after 75 years

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Harley-Davidson is reviving the Hydra Glide moniker back with the 2024 Harley-Davidson “Hydra Glide Revival.” It’s been more than 75 years since the American motorcycle manufacturer has used the Hydra Glide name, which was earlier used on the 1949 Harley-Davidson in the late 1940s. As far as the sales goes, Harley-Davidson is currently retailing the Hydra Glide Revival in the USA. The starting price of the Hydra Glide Revival in America is USD 25,999 MSRP which is close to INR 20 lakh.

The brand will be offering the HD Hydra Glide Revival with a limited production run of just 1750 units. However, we expect some units to also arrive to the Indian market thanks to the Harley-Davidson fanbase here. But, as a CBU import heavy custom duty and taxes on the Hydra Glide Revival will make its price quite high in India.

Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Revival – Design

The Hydra Glide in 1949 was the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle to come with a telescopic front fork suspension. However, the latest MY24 Hydra Glide comes with plenty of modern age features. In the 1950s the Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide brought in refreshing colour schemes. The motorcycle featured a red base color with a white stripe, known as the “slash” two-tone color scheme. For 2024, Harley-Davidson is offering an inspired colourway called Redline Red and Birch White.

The serialised production model also brings back the same styling. The Hydra Glide Revival features a two-tone windscreen with a period correct colour – Redline Red. The motorcycle also gets a solo seat and saddle bags. The leather bits come with candy coloured rosettes with white seam piping, and red contrast stitching inspired by the custom 1956 FLH.

Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Revival – Technical Specifications

The Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide of the 1950’s came with a 74-cubic-inch Panhead powertrain. For 2024, the Hydra Glide Revival features a 114-cubic-inch / 1868cc Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin engine. The air-cooled engine produces 94 hp of power and 161 Nm of torque and comes with a 6-speed gearbox. Harley-Davidson offers the Hydra-Glide Revival with a telescopic fork on the front and a preload-adjustable monoshock on the rear. The motorcycle also gets disc brakes with dual-channel ABS and 16-inch wire-spoked wheels.

Harley-Davidson also offers Cruise Control, LED lighting, and a 5-inch analog speedometer with the Hydra Glide Revival. In addition to this, the speedometer cluster also features a digital gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, range and a tachometer. In its running order, the Hydra Glide Revival weighs 336.5 kgs. 

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