If you caught our 2021 model news announcement in January, you might remember us wondering if the central console with “Revival’ script was something to do with the “model range beyond CVO” that Jochen Zeitz teased, and the answer to that is now evidently yes.
The first of Harley-Davidson’s limited edition Icons Collection, the Electra Glide Revival is a retro bagger for a nostalgic fan and celebrates the first year of The Motor Company’s Batwing fairing.
They were days that predated colour-matched fibreglass – the bags came in a choice of black or white and I suspect that the same was true of the fairing, the colours being part of the fibreglass process – but with so much darkness in the 2021 range, I’m glad to see that Harley have chosen to focus on the upbeat white and reproduced that in the Birch White paint that was first coined in 1957 and has been primarily used since on Police models. They have combined that with the optional 1969 paint scheme of Sparkling Blue above wrinkle black separated by a white stripe that works with a tank badge inspired by the one introduced in 1966. Well, colour-wise it’s close enough: the nearly contemporary HiFi Blue sounds better than Sparkling while Denim Black replaces Wrinkle but still provides plenty of contrast in terms of colour and texture. And it’s great to see the old Electra Glide script back on the front mudguard
They stopped short of reinstating the foot-shift – still an option in 1969 – or fitting a Road King’s tank and console, preferring to stay in the 21st Century and retain the fully-loaded Batwing with a full instrument pack and Boom!Box as well as the 114-inch Milwaukee Eight motor, but they did sneak off to the Road King Classic’s currently redundant parts bin for the laced wheels and whitewalls.
A sprung solo saddle beneath a two-tone cover and a restyling job looks like it might owe something to the police issue seat – which isn’t a bad thing if you’re planning on covering serious mileages – and there are a few additional model-specific accessories that pick up on classic styling cues that allude to that original tease of being ‘beyond CVO’.
Happily, at £27,995 the price is closer to the regular Street Glide than it’s CVO cousin, but it’s makes the Ultra look like a bargain … but then as a limited edition model making a completely different statement – they are only making 1500 numbered examples – I’m not sure that’s the problem that it might have been.