Marvel at Harley-Davidson’s Latest Marvel: The Resurrection of the Hydra-Glide

In early January, we shared some exciting news hinting at Harley-Davidson's preparations for a new limited-edition motorcycle. Now, that speculation has turned into reality as America’s beloved motorcycle manufacturer unveils the 2024 Hydra-Glide Revival, a standout addition to this year's Icons Collection. Only a select few of these models will be available for purchase. While this motorcycle is largely based on the already popular Heritage Classic, it boasts numerous special features.

To understand why this model is considered an icon, it's essential to recognize its significance in commemorating 75 years of the original Hydra-Glide. This legendary bike marked a significant departure for H-D as it introduced the first telescopic fork-equipped offering, replacing the traditional spring fork. The 74 cubic-inch engine featured in the original model boasted enhanced performance, thanks to innovative components like aluminum cylinder heads, bronze valve inserts, and a new camshaft. Although production ceased in 1957, the Hydra-Glide continued to influence Harley-Davidson's lineup, notably serving as the inspiration for the first-generation Fat Boy in 1990. Now, let's delve into the details of Harley-Davidson's latest cruiser.

The Hydra-Glide Revival represents the fourth offering under the Icons Collection, following the Electra Glide Revival, Low Rider El Diablo, and Highway King in 2023. Like its predecessors, the Revival draws inspiration from the iconic bikes of yesteryears.

A glance at the Hydra-Glide Revival instantly transports you back to the 1940s, echoing the aesthetic of the original model. The prominent features include a sizable 21-inch windscreen with a color-matched semi-tint and a massive fender that dominates the front wheel, adorned with 'Hydra-Glide' script badges. The fuel tank, reminiscent of the Heritage Classic, is embellished with bespoke chrome "Harley-Davidson V" badges.

The tank seamlessly merges into a retro-style solo saddle, characterized by fringed and embellished leather, white piping, red contrast stitching, and a chrome rail. Additional details such as the leather tank strap, serialized engraving on the handlebar riser, and specially treated soft leather saddlebags enhance the classic appeal. These saddlebags feature chrome conchos with acrylic red centers and chrome studs, offering both style and functionality with their water-resistant and lockable design.

Completing the nostalgic look is a striking Redline Red and Birch White livery, with the tank sporting a dual-tone treatment while the chunky fenders are enveloped in red. Chrome accents adorn mechanical components such as the engine, wheels, handlebars, guards, and exhaust, adding to the allure of this timeless cruiser.

Underneath its classic facade, the Hydra-Glide Revival shares the same foundation as the Heritage Classic, powered by Harley's Milwaukee Eight 114ci V-twin engine, delivering 94 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed transmission, this powerhouse propels the bike without the aid of electronic interventions like traction control or cornering ABS, offering a pure riding experience complemented by cruise control and anti-lock brakes.

Built on a Softail chassis crafted from steel, the Hydra-Glide Revival features 49 mm telescopic forks, a preload-adjustable monoshock, and chrome steel laced 16-inch wheels. Each wheel is equipped with a single disc brake to ensure reliable stopping power. Despite its substantial build, weighing in at 742 pounds wet, the Revival offers a slightly lower saddle height compared to the Heritage Classic.

Limited to just 1,750 units, each priced at $24,999, the Hydra-Glide Revival continues Harley-Davidson's tradition of exclusive offerings under the Icons Collection. If you're eager to experience this timeless masterpiece firsthand, you can catch a glimpse of it at the upcoming Daytona Bike Week or visit your nearest dealership, where select examples are already making their way.