Harley-Davidson Baggers have continued to be a top-seller for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company for decades. Whether it's the Street Glide, Road Glide, Electra Glide, Road King, or any of the other derivatives to come from Milwaukee, we want to provide a quick overview of the Touring motorcycles that have continued to evolve through the years and have definitely left plenty of smiles on the millions of Harley customers' faces.
Harley-Davidson Road Glide
The Harley-Davidson Road Glide (FLTR) was introduced in 1998 as an updated version of the Harley-Davidson Tour Glide, the first Touring Model motorcycle to come equipped with a frame-mounted fairing, also known as a shark nose fairing because of its shape that wrapped tightly around the dual front headlamp configuration. Always a polarizing motorcycle, the Road Glide was either loved or hated, but continues to be a mainstay in Harley’s Touring Model Motorcycle platform, with three models currently being sold: Road Glide, Road Glide Special, and Road Glide Ultra.
Harley-Davidson Road King
The Harley-Davidson Road King (FLHR) was introduced in 1994 to replace the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Sport. It came equipped with hard saddlebags and a windshield. It’s the large front headlamp nacelle that definitely sets the Road King apart from the rest of its Touring Model brethren.
Harley-Davidson Street Glide
The Harley-Davidson Street Glide was released in 2006 as a stripped down version of the Electra Glide. It debuted with the Twin Cam 88 engine, which was replaced for the 2007 model year with the larger Twin Cam 96 engine. Retaining the factory Harmon Kardon audio system, cruise control, and ABS (optional) with security (also optional). However, the Street Glide featured a sleeker aesthetic with a smaller windscreen, no Tour-Pak, no fender trim, and lower suspension. The Street Glide is arguably the most popular Harley-Davidson motorcycle to date.
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide (FLH) debuted in 1965 and was outfitted with a 74 cubic-inch Panhead engine, and was the first year for electric start (only the Servi-Car had featured electric start previously), which served as the foundation for naming this new model, "Electra Glide." In 1966, the newly released 74 cubic-inch Shovelhead engines now powered the Electra Glides for the next 18 years until the Evolution engine made its debut.