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Win a Harley
Always assisting America’s law-enforcement agencies, Harley-Davidson wanted to take it one step further.
The Motor Company recently built a special edition Electra Glide and donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The new Rally Mirror Chrome FL Front Fender (P/N 59136-10, $449.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories is an eye-popping complement to a Chrome Front End Kit (P/N 46371-08) or custom wheels.
The clean styling eliminates the front light, side medallions and fender skirt to provide an unobstructed sweep of chrome.
Scooter Achievement in Design Award
As part of their efforts to broaden the motorcycling market, motorcycle manufacturers have been giving three-wheelers favor in trying to entice less-than-confident motorcyclist to join the fray. Harley-Davidson has embraced the trike with its new Tri-Glide touring machine, which is essentially a modified Electra Glide with two rear wheels. A completely different take is the Can-Am Spyder-its two wheels are placed in front of the rider.
Despite my passion for European motorcycles, I have been curious to discover why a Harley-Davidson motorcycle holds such a mystique as to make it ubiquitous on our highways and back roads.
Dressed For Success
The year 1965 was pivotal for Harley-Davidson. The venerable Panhead engine delivered its swan song, making way for the Shovelhead era. The company went public on the stock market. Most importantly, The Motor Company christened the industry’s first full-dress touring horse, the Electra Glide.
Roam in Chrome
Harley’s influential Super Glide began life in 1971 as the result of Willie G. Davidson’s Frankensteinian grafting of the Sportster’s slinky front end to the muscular frame and powertrain of the Electra Glide. Willie G’s chopper-inspired cut-and-paste resulted in the birth of the (seemingly) oxymoronic “factory-custom” genre. For customers looking for a trick ride with a factory warranty and without a hefty aftermarket accessory tab, the Super Glide hammered a persuasive power chord that is still ringing throughout the industry.