First Spin on the 2024 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Revival

Harley-Davidson's departure from its "More Roads" strategy in 2021 saw the inception of the Icons Collection, a special line of motorcycles honoring the brand's legendary designs. These bikes, produced in limited quantities, pay homage to pivotal moments in Harley-Davidson's history. Among these, the 2024 FLI Hydra-Glide Revival stands out, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1949 Hydra-Glide suspension. Renowned for its innovative hydraulic telescopic fork, the original Hydra-Glide marked a departure from previous models, a shift celebrated by the new Revival.

At the unveiling during Daytona Bike Week, we had the opportunity to discuss the bike with Director of Motorcycle Design, Bjorn Shuster, before taking it for a ride along the coast. Drawing inspiration primarily from the 1956 Hydra-Glide, the Revival infuses further nostalgia into the Heritage Classic base. Shuster emphasizes that the Icons bikes encapsulate an era rather than replicating specific models, incorporating postwar industrial design aesthetics.

From the classic two-tone paint scheme to the tank badge adorned with a prominent "V" symbolizing the V-twin engine, every detail echoes the 1956 model. Even the cockpit experience evokes the past, with retro-styled gauges and a dished solo seat featuring fringed leather and chrome accents. Despite its vintage allure, the Revival houses a modern Milwaukee-Eight 114ci V-twin engine, ensuring ample power.

While the original Hydra-Glide boasted hydraulic suspension, the Revival opts for modern Softail underpinnings, providing a comfortable ride with contemporary features like ABS and LED lighting. Despite its throwback aesthetic, the Revival maintains a seamless blend of retro charm and modern performance, making it a compelling choice for enthusiasts. With only 1,750 units available, each numbered and serialized, the 2024 Hydra-Glide Revival offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of Harley-Davidson history.