As the growing popularity of the resto-mod customization movement has shown, combining classic styling with modern engineering is a winning formula.
Harley-Davidson has announced its new Icons Collection, and the first model in the collection is the stunning 2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival.
The Icons Collection is an annual program that offers very limited-edition motorcycles designed to elevate traditional forms and celebrate Americana, either by revisiting classic Harley-Davidson design themes or by exploring ideas that represent the future of motorcycle style.
Only one or two models will be included in the Icons Collection each year, with a single production run that highlights their exclusivity. Production of that model will never be resumed or repeated. Each Icons Collection motorcycle will be serialized, and the purchaser will receive a certificate of authenticity.
“With The Hardwire, we made a commitment to introduce a series of motorcycles that align with our strategy to increase desirability and to drive the legacy of Harley-Davidson,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO Harley-Davidson. “With that in mind, I am proud to introduce our new limited production Icons Collection, a series of extraordinary adaptations of production motorcycles which look to our storied past and bright future.”
2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival
The first model in the Icons Collection is the Electra Glide Revival model, a drop-dead gorgeous retro-classic motorcycle decked out with chrome and an old-school two-tone paint scheme. Global production of the Electra Glide Revival model will be limited to a one-time build of 1,500 serialized examples, with bikes available at Harley-Davidson dealers in late April, with an MSRP of $29,199.
The look of the Electra Glide Revival model is inspired by the 1969 Electra Glide, the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle available with an accessory “batwing” fairing. The fairing became an iconic Harley-Davidson styling cue, its shape an instant on-the-road identifier of many H-D models and the foundational design of the fairing featured on current models.
In 1969, the accessory fairing and saddlebags were only offered in white molded fiberglass, and the Electra Glide Revival replicates that look with a Birch White painted finish. The period-inspired tank medallion and Electra Glide script on the front fender complete the look. The Electra Glide Revival will be offered in a single color scheme inspired by the original 1969 colorway: The two-tone fuel tank in Hi-Fi Blue and Black Denim bisected with a Birch White stripe, with Hi-Fi Blue paint on the fenders and side panels.
“We live in a very dynamic time, each of us experiencing constant change,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson vice president of styling and design. “The Electra Glide Revival model is an oasis in this daily turbulence, a way to reconnect with the fundamental Harley-Davidson DNA that created Grand American Touring.”
Design highlights of the Electra Glide Revival model include a solo saddle with a black-and-white cover and a chrome rail, mounted over an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber, also a nod to Harley-Davidson FL models from the 1960s and a functional feature that adds rider comfort. Chrome steel-laced wheels and wide whitewall tires add to the nostalgic look, as do brilliant chrome on front fender rails and saddlebag rails, front fender skirt, Ventilator air cleaner cover, fork covers, and auxiliary lights.
The Electra Glide Revival model is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin engine which delivers inspiring performance and classic Harley-Davidson look-sound-feel.
- Displacement: 114 cu in (1,868 cc)
- Torque: 118 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm (claimed)
- Four valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total); increased airflow through the engine contributes to power output.
- Dual spark plugs for more complete combustion of the air/fuel charge and maximized power and efficiency.
- 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission reduces engine RPM at highway speeds to enhance fuel economy and rider comfort.
The Electra Glide Revival offers classic style, but its design and technology is absolutely modern. The foundation of the Electra Glide Revival model is the single-spar Harley-Davidson Touring frame with a rigid backbone design to sustain the weight of luggage and to support current engine power. The entire chassis is designed for the long haul. A single knob hydraulically adjusts the pre-load of emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers for optimal ride and control. The 49mm fork with dual bending valve suspension technology deliver linear damping characteristics for a smooth ride.
The classic Bat Wing fairing features a tall clear windshield and a splitstream vent to help reduce rider head buffeting. Electronic cruise control holds a steady speed for comfort on long rides, while a halogen headlamp and incandescent auxiliary lamps provide outstanding illumination and maintain the nostalgic styling of the Revival model.
A Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with color touch screen powers two fairing-mount speakers and features advanced navigation and hand and voice commands (when paired with a compatible headset) plus Android Auto application and Apple CarPlay software compatibility.
Also standard is the suite of Harley-Davidson RDRS Safety Enhancements, a collection of technology designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, including:
- Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System (C-ABS)
- Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB)
- Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS)
- Drag-torque Slip Control System (DSCS)
- Hill Hold Control (HHC)
For more information, visit h-d.com/icons.
I’m not a Harley type, but this is absolutely gorgeous, and brings back retro memories!
To me all Harley bikes are retro. I’m still trying to find something “absolutely gorgeous”.
What, no anti wheelie control? hmmm.
“Wheelie control” on a Harley? You gotta be kidding! What on earth would it be FOR? The H-D version of that would add at least another ten to fifteen grand to the price of the bike and would be totally worthless in the real world, anyway!
Please build the 1978 Low Rider, my ” icon”, waiting…
Love it! Great looking bike!
I think this bike should not be a limited amount. Because it would probably be a big seller for Harley. I have a Softtail slim and the main reason I got it. Is the retro look
Pretty cool. Reminds me of a red Electra Glide my Dad had in the mid 60’s with that large, all white single seat with the chrome rails. Would sit in front of him and grab the cross bar on the handlebar. He called it his “Oily Dripperson” cause it leaking so much. Only had it for a short while between BMW’s , but it was cool, nevertheless.
So, just change the seat as the only cost addition and add a few bucks for the white wall tires. the LED headlight is a near-criminal non-feature of some HD models.
Forgot another addition lots of $$$$$$$
I really like it, but not almost $30k like, cmon HD.
I would agree. Too much money. Just several changes with lot’s of mark up.
That is an insane amount of money that they claim that thing’s worth – which it absolutely IS NOT! Way over $30K after all the taxes and bogus dealership add-ons? That’s nuts! Screw that!
Would love to see an I on Collection model featuring the XLCR Cafe Racer. Harley is targeting the bikes to its core customers, but not everyone wants an old man’s touring bike.
Yesterdays looks and style for tomorrows prices.
I absolutely love the look and appeal of the Revival. l appreciate the nostalgic look especially the color scheme. It reminds me of my 1970 Electra Glide FLH but with all the modern technology. I’m really enjoying my 2021 Revival and the many compliments from enthusiasts and others.
Does it have tubless tires on those spokewheels?
I hope to own the revival. Lots of smarmy remarks about the Harley. Euro bikes are waiting for you. Harley serves the Harley market, young and old. For those with their noses fused to their smart?phones, there are many other options.😁
HD please make a WideGlide next. Tathanks.
Honestly…. This bike was the only one that actually got me “excited” when I walked in the showroom. It hasn’t got me a girlfriend yet, but an attention getter to say the least. I’ve been stopped by 2 professional photographers, wanting to take pictures. Continuous comments from various people.