Harley's latest Hydra-Glide Revival Cruiser ignites a resurgence of 1950s nostalgia

With the fading memories of World War II in the United States, companies shifted their focus from military to civilian vehicle production. Among them was Harley-Davidson, which had provided thousands of sturdy WLA v-twins and other machines to the U.S. and its allies during the war effort.

After the war, Harley-Davidson worked through its surplus military parts by introducing a range of bikes largely based on pre-war designs and featuring "knucklehead" engines. By 1948, they were prepared to progress with a new model, featuring an innovative engine, soon to be known as the "panhead," and a relatively new motorcycle suspension technology: Hydraulic forks. Thus, the 1949 Hydra-Glide emerged just in time for America's entry into the vibrant 1950s, coinciding with the dawn of the American interstate highway system.

Now, 75 years later, Harley-Davidson is reintroducing the Hydra-Glide into production, albeit with some modern updates. The new FLI Hydra-Glide Revival is a part of the company's Icons series, characterized by limited production retro-modern machines. At a glance, it's challenging to distinguish the new model from the old one. Only 1,750 of the new Hydra-Glide Revival models will be manufactured, with an MSRP of $24,999.