Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Highway King: Retro Aesthetics with Contemporary Technology

Harley-Davidson continues to lean on its Americana image, particularly rooted in the Atomic Age era, embracing the post-World War II zeitgeist of Baby Boom and counterculture. It's no surprise then that their big-bore V-twin takes a visual cue from that nostalgic period. Despite its retro appearance, the new Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Highway King is teeming with modern technology.

Unveiled as the third installment in the MoCo’s Icons Motorcycle Collection, the Electra Glide Highway King pays homage to Harley's past while offering contemporary features. Drawing inspiration from the 1968 Electra Glide, this limited-edition model is a modern interpretation of a classic. Accessories like fibreglass saddlebags, a windshield, rear rack, and engine guards echo the touring-friendly options available for the original King of the Highway.

Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson’s VP of Design/Creative Director, highlighted the meticulous attention to detail in recreating the vintage aesthetic: “The colors we’ve selected for the Highway King model are reminiscent of the original color options offered in 1968." Limited to just 1,750 bikes, with Hi-Fi Orange and Hi-Fi Magenta paint options, this model boasts a tinted windshield, solo saddle, and classic coilover dual shocks reminiscent of FL models from the '60s. Spoked wheels with whitewall tires and chrome accents further enhance its nostalgic appeal, with a unique serial number engraved on the console insert.

Despite the retro design cues, the Electra Glide Highway King features Harley's advanced single-spar Touring-series frame. Adjustable preload on the dual shocks and dual-bending valves in the fork ensure a smooth ride. Powered by the Milwaukee Eight 114 engine, delivering just over 100 hp, it comes equipped with cruise control, linked brakes with cornering ABS, traction control, and other cutting-edge electronic aids.