The pioneer of long-range freedom machines debuted with the last of the 74-inch Panheads, though it was the first FL Harley to feature an electric starter. However, a vestigial kicker remained.The granddaddy of dressers didn’t exactly roll off the floor equipped for long-range duty. Essentially a Duo-Glide with an “Electric Leg” and a five-gallon Turnpike tank, the Electra Glide’s touring accessories were strictly add-ons.
Once the windshield was attached and saddlebags bolted on, the big, slow-revving twin brought distant horizons within reach. Sure, handling was dubious and the front brake had all the squeeze of a Paul Lynde handshake, but the Electra Glide was a bike for getting into fourth gear, ticking off county lines and looking damn good in the process. (Color photo courtesy of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum)