Harley-Davidson has announced a new limited-edition series called the Icons Collection which will evoke elements of Americana and celebrate traditional designs. The plan is to release one or two new models annually, starting with the Electra Glide Revival for the 2021 model year.
Numbers will be limited to a one-time production run of only 1,500 serialized units globally, with each model receiving a certificate of authenticity. The first Electra Glide Revival models are scheduled to reach dealers any day now, with an MSRP of $35,299.
Launching the program with the release of the Electra Glide Revival, The Motor Company is presenting the limited edition as “a retro-classic motorcycle for the nostalgist who longs to ride a bike with style both distinctive and timeless.” Inspired by the 1969 Electra Glide, Harley is paying homage to the first model to be made available with an accessory “batwing” fairing.
The now iconic styling cue, along with molded saddlebags, could only be had in white fiberglass at the time. The classic fairing features a tall clear windshield and a splitstream vent to help reduce wind buffeting. The Birch White fairing and saddlebags are complemented by the period-inspired tank medallion and Electra Glide script on the front fender. Other classic design cues include a solo seat, chrome steel laced wheels and wide whitewall tires. The Revival will be offered exclusively with Hi-Fi Blue and Black Denim two-tone fuel tank, with fenders and side panels adorned in Hi-Fi Blue.
The Revival is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin (1,868 cc) mated to a six-speed transmission. Torque is rated at 118 ft-lb at 3,250 rpm. A selection of safety features come standard, including Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System (C-ABS), Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS), Drag-torque Slip Control System (DSCS) and Hill Hold Control (HHC). It also gets electronic cruise control and a halogen headlamp. The Boom Box GTS infotainment system includes a colour touch screen and navigation, plus Android Auto application and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
H-D is positioning the model as way to “reconnect with the fundamental Harley-Davidson DNA that created Grand American Touring.” Coming under fire for not appealing to a younger, more youthful audience for years, The Motor Company is seemingly going the opposite direction to appeal to an age group who are surely closer to the end of their riding days than they are to the beginning. To learn more about the Harley-Davidson Icons Collection, visit: https://www.harley-davidson.com/ca/en/motorcycles/icons.html
While I’m not fan of this particular model the Harley icon program is intriguing.
Looking back at their long history which model might interest you if they put a modern spin on it?
For me it might be the 77 XLCR cafe or maybe the 36 panhead.
Those would definitely get me into the showroom to have a look and isn’t that what all manufacturers want these days?
Nostalgia, the gooey maudlin vision of the past. Revival, bringing the past back. Let the dead sleep. Go rebuild a XLCR, and spare us another PT Cruiser.
The recycling department is alive and well. Aside from the Pan American they have no desire to change whatsoever.
“Certificate of Authenticity” – holy crap it REALLY IS a motorcycle!!! $35K and they’ll sell all 1500 in a few days to people I just don’t understand.
I should also add, I think it’s a nice looking bike but WAY over priced for what it is.
“Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” – Stan Kenton
Kinda’ reminds me of Easter Island, where they cut down every tree to make bigger and bigger monuments to a religion. That whole culture collapsed. I believe it’s now a world heritage site…..