Harley-Davidson Unveils Its Newest Addition: Introducing the Hydra-Glide Revival

Remember the Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide? Probably not, since its original production run was from 1949 to 1957. But Harley-Davidson is bringing the name back for 2024 with the revived Hydra-Glide as part of the company’s Icons series.

The original Hydra-Glide was notable for its hydraulic fork, a significant technical advancement over the previous girder design. The new Hydra-Glide Revival isn't about technological innovation; it's a modern Softail styled to evoke the classic look, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the original Hydra-Glide.

The Hydra-Glide was a pivotal model for Harley-Davidson, and the new bike marks its 75th anniversary.

As Harley-Davidson's PR explains:

The Hydra-Glide Revival is finished in custom Redline Red paint with Birch White panels on the fuel tank sides, echoing the 1956 design. It features chrome “Harley-Davidson V” tank badges inspired by the 1955-56 models and “Hydra-Glide” script badges on the front fender skirt. A serialized “Hydra-Glide Revival” insert on the handlebar riser cap and Icons Motorcycle Collection graphic on the rear fender mark this limited-production model.

Other styling features include instrument graphics inspired by the 1954-55 speedometer. The detachable two-tone 21-inch (53.3 cm) windshield has a color-matched lower portion in Redline Red. Chrome details like the round air cleaner cover and steel-laced wheels enhance the nostalgic appearance. Front and rear fender trim, engine guard, fork covers, powertrain, and exhaust are all finished in brilliant chrome.

The solo saddle features a fringed and decorated leather valance, white seam piping, red contrast stitching, and a chrome rail for a vintage look. The matching black leather tank strap is embellished with studs and a concho. Leather and vinyl saddlebags, detailed with chrome conchos with acrylic red centers, chrome studs, and leather fringe, add to the classic aesthetic. These water-resistant saddlebags have keyed locks for security and rigid liners to maintain their shape season after season.

The original Hydra-Glide was Harley-Davidson’s last hardtail model, but the new version features a hidden rear monoshock while retaining the iconic massive tractor-style seat.

Powering the Hydra-Glide Revival is the Milwaukee Eight 114 engine with a Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow air filter setup, delivering 119 lb-ft of torque.