Test Ride: 2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival (2022)

In recent months, Harley-Davidson has gone about creating two completely new and different motorcycles around the best engine in their near 120 year history. The first of which, the Pan America 1250, is a unanimous success that has thrust the Bar and Shield into a booming and lucrative new market. The second effort, The Sportster S, also looks poised to disrupt some conventions (we’ll have more to say on that in the coming weeks). Regardless of our riding impressions though, both of these models demonstrate The Motor Company’s commitment to a change many of us in the industry have been asking, nay begging for, for years.

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However, somewhere in the midst of making these potentially more impactful announcements they also went about creating something called The Icons Collection. A series of limited run bikes (only 1,500 examples of each will be built, ever), each creation will both celebrate a specific moment in Harley-Davidson’s storied past while also showcasing its current technological and performance abilities.

The 2021 Electra Glide Revival is the debut offering from this new niche of exclusivity. A bike created in homage to the 1969 FLH Electra Glide, the motorcycle and year that first saw Harley’s ubiquitous “Batwing” fairing debut as well as marking the shift from soft to hard saddlebags — the birth of the ‘bagger”, if you will. Retailing for a five-figure increase over their stripped down Electra Glide Standard, I wanted to know if this rare breed of Grand American Touring amounted to more than just some fancy paint and a numbered plaque.

Test Ride: 2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival (2)

Powertrain

The engine alone confirms that the Electra Glide Revival isn’t just a case of putting lipstick on a Hog. Equipped with Harley’s full-fat, Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, the Revival certainly isn’t lacking in the power department. The 1,868cc, 45-degree, V-Twin generates 97 horsepower and 118 lbs-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission.

That may not sound like a lot of grunt to motivate its 391kg of heft, but it’s honestly no slouch. I’ve been lucky enough to experience this same engine in a number of H-D’s applications over the years and it has never disappointed. Power, whether from a stop or on the roll, is just there and ready to go whether you’ve decided to downshift or not — the torque curve is omnipresent.

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And then of course, there is the sound. There’s overt mechanical brashness mixed with muffled subtlety that results in a concert that Harley remains better versed in than others. The signature “potato–potato” soundtrack, although hushed through OE pipes, is mated to an intake howl that matches the character of this bike perfectly.

Styling

When I first pulled the Revival into our driveway, my wife was quick to quip that it looked like a cop bike. And while I’ll admit that the silhouette cast by that fairing and those bags along with the sprung solo seat do provide a whiff of Toronto’s finest (since they do actually ride custom variants of the Electra Glides), we agreed to disagree.

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The Hi-Fi Blue lacquer has incredible depth that contrasts elegantly with the creamy Birch White. Accented by a tasteful mix of flat black along the belly of the fuel tank, a fully chromed drivetrain, shining bits of protection surrounding the panniers that match the seat’s grab rail and those whitewall Dunlops, you get an aesthetic that’s far sweeter than anything built to serve and protect. I’d even argue the package goes beyond its implied vintage roots to being a full blown classic. It’s just pretty from any angle, which isn’t usually the case for 390-kilo baggers.

(Video) Test Ride and Review | 2021 ELECTRA GLIDE REVIVAL | Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis

Ergonomics

I’ve written it before and I’ll do so again here: Harley-Davidson makes the best motorcycle seats in the business. I mean, take a peek at that sprung, solo-saddle on the Revival here. It’s sculpted triangular shape, elevated perch and tufted and two-toned leather looks more like an exercise in form, rather than function. And yet, it cradles and supports your tush with “just right” amounts of cushion and firmness, spring and give. It’s a fantastic spot to sit for hours on end.

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Really, my only complaint with the seating is that it’s surprisingly tall at 785mm (just over 100mm taller than a Electra Glide Standard). That means that parking lot maneuvers can be tough as even my 813mm inseam found it near impossible to flat-foot this bike. This also means that when hustling through twisty bits of tarmac, the transition from left to right can feel a bit exaggerated as you’re riding quite high. This steals a bit of confidence from the rider until you become accustomed to this quirk.

Stick to cruising though, and everything falls into place. The bars sit just below chest height, meaning there’s a relaxed reach to them with a comfortable bend to your arms. The forward positioned floorboards are wide and long enough to allow for adjustments and provide a comfortable spot to work the shifter or the brake pedal. On a slightly elongated Saturday ride through cottage country, I arrived home feeling nearly as fresh as before I left.

Features

In addition to the beefier engine and all of the eye candy, Harley-Davidson has also imbued the Electra Glide Revival with the entirety of their Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS). That means that the Brembo brakes at both ends of this Harley are linked and governed by a six-axis IMU, so cornering affects their application to help protect you (and that stellar paint).

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The same can be said for the traction control system as well and the electronic shift-assist that has been incorporated to eliminate wheel hop or lock-ups during abrupt downshifts. Traction control can be turned off, should you wish, and there is a “Rain” mode that can be accessed to help keep all of that torque at bay in damp conditions.

In addition to the safety system, the Revival also has Harley’s Boom! Audio GTS infotainment system. This system includes a pair of fairing mounted speakers that will undoubtedly annoy all of those around you in the city and quickly lose their sonic battle to wind while at speed.

If you roll with Cupertino, know that Apple CarPlay is integrated. For those of us who don’t, Harley’s navigation system is included. Thankfully, its use is not dependent on pairing with an H-D app equipped phone, either.

The saddlebags will stow a day or two worth of gear without issue, although don’t even think about stuffing your helmet into one — especially if it’s a full-face — as they just won’t fit.

Ride

(Video) Everything you need to know about Electra Glide Revival - Walkaround REVIEW

I don’t know that there is a bike on the market currently that has a similar riding position to the Electra Glide Revival. That elevated saddle, while extremely comfortable, does take some getting used to. Sharp, low speed turns or backing this beast out of a parking spot takes both effort and practice.

Once underway though, everything starts to make sense. That peach of an engine is barely breaking a sweat at highway speeds and the batwing fairing, although a touch low for my 1.8m frame, does a decent job of keeping the elements away.

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Clicking through the gears is met with something between a clunk and snick — it’s authoritative and precise nonetheless The clutch does ask for a heavy pull, especially compared to other non-traditional H-Ds, but at this stage it genuinely feels a part of the old school Harley experience and I can’t really fault it.

Braking is more than ample, with positive feedback from both pedal and lever while the suspension does a decent job of quelling nosedives. I’d prefer a bit more travel in the rear, as my arse was ejected more than a few times while hitting bumps at speed.

Lean angles are 31-degrees left and 32-degrees right (and those floorboards are hinged), so you can push this big bike further than you may think. Settle the Revival into a corner and it will hold its line with confidence. As mentioned above though, left to right transitions will feel a little odd at first, but once you get used to things it becomes almost second nature. If you were looking to two-wheel it to, and participate in, the Woodward Dream Cruise — from say Tucson — this is the bike you want.

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival

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2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival

Conclusion

The 2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival is a new bike that’s been built to look old. That surely isn’t a new concept in the motorcycling world these days. Countless new scramblers, cafe racers, desert sleds and all manner of neo classic interpretations seem to hit showrooms every year. With the Revival though, there’s something special going on and it’s more than just that limited edition status and fancy paint.

The Revival is rolling proof that, even as The Motor Company repositions itself for potentially drastic change, some things — especially those that a great many believe they do best — never get old. Some things are just… classic. And that is exactly what the Electra Glide Revival is: a classic.

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival
Price: $35,299.00
Engine: 1,868cc, 45-degree, V-Twin
Transmission: 6-speed
Power/torque: 97 hp/118 lb-ft
Weight: 391kg (fuelled and ready)
Warranties: 12 months
Competitors: Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard, Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special, Honda Goldwing

(Video) 2021 Electra Glide Revival | Harley-Davidson

Link: Harley-Davidson Canada

FAQs

How many Electra Glide revivals were made? ›

As there are only 1,500 of these bikes made, we imagine they're quite hard to obtain right now, but Harley-Davidson has said they're expected in dealerships late April of 2021 with an MSRP of $29,199.

What will be the next Harley-Davidson revival? ›

The Electra Glide Revival is only the first bike reborn in the Harley-Davidson Icons Collection. While the 2021 Electra Glide Revival is the first Harley-Davidson Icons Collection product released, it won't be the last. The company plans to release one or two limited-edition models each year as part of this program.

How much horsepower does a 2021 Electra Glide have? ›

Instantly recognizable with a Batwing fairing, Harley Davidson equips the Electra Glide Standard with the Milwaukee-Eight® 107 V-Twin engine packs 92.5 HP and 110 ft-lb of American-made torque.

How much is the Harley Davidson Electra Glide revival? ›

In contrast to the Electra Glide Standard, a stripped-down model, the Electra Glide Revival is a first-class ride with a commensurate price of $29,199.

Is there a 2022 Harley revival? ›

The Revival was a numbered edition Icon model that was only intended to be offered for one year. A new Icon model is expected for 2022, likely as part of the Jan. 26 announcement.

What was the last year Harley-Davidson made the Electra Glide? ›

For Harley-Davidson, 1965 marked the end of an era. The Electra-Glide, with its electric starter, made its debut, but it would be the last year for the famous "Panhead" V-twin that was introduced in 1948.

Whats the difference between Electra Glide and Street Glide? ›

Electra Glide Standard is slightly shorter at 94.5 inches compared to Street Glide's 96.5. There's about nine pounds difference in weight. Otherwise dimensions, performance and drivetrain are also similar.

How tall is an Electra Glide? ›

Electra Glide Ultra Classic
Length102.4 in.Seat Height, Laden27.4 in.
Seat Height, Unladen29.1 in.Ground Clearance5.3 in.
Rake (Steering Head)26 °Trail6.7 in.
Wheelbase64 in.Tires, Front SpecificationBW 130/80B17 65H
Tires, Rear SpecificationBW 180/65B16 81HFuel Capacity6 gal.
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How much does a brand new Harley Davidson Ultra Classic cost? ›

The Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® Low starts at $24,699 MSRP. The Ultra Limited Low starts at $27,299 MSRP. Both offer color options, two-tone paint options, and custom color options for an upcharge.

How fast is a Harley Electra Glide? ›

2019 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard

Top Speed: 100 mph (Est.)

How much horsepower does a 114 Harley-Davidson motor have? ›

100.5 HP

What is the heaviest production motorcycle? ›

Boss Hoss V8 [Weight: 500+kg]

The Corvette V8 powered Boss Hoss is unquestionably the heaviest bike in production (and probably also the silliest and ugliest).

How much is an Electra Glide worth? ›

Values
Suggested List PriceAverage Retail
Base Price$19,199$19,790
Options (Add)
Total Price$19,199$19,790
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Is an ultra classic an Electra Glide? ›

The 2019 Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® is the essential long-haul touring machine with classical style, unsurpassed comfort, and the power of the soul-satisfying Milwaukee-Eight® 107 engine.

Is the Electra Glide Electric? ›

You'll get 118 pound-feet of torque with the Electra Glide® Revival™. On the Electra Glide® Standard, you'll get 111 pound-feet of torque. The Revival™ also gives you a whopping 97 horsepower on a fully electric engine.

What month do the 2022 Harley's come out? ›

The 2022 Low Rider ST will roll into dealers in March. Two new baggers, two new Low Riders, and four updated CVO models add up to eight additions to the 2022 Harley-Davidson lineup.

What is GTS on a Harley? ›

Boom! Box GTS is a factory-installed option for Harley-Davidson Street Glide®, Road Glide®, and Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® models. The factory-installed Boom! Box GTS audio features 25 watts per channel through two or four speakers, depending on motorcycle model.

Is Harley discontinuing the sport Glide? ›

The Sport Glide has been discontinued in the US perhaps a victim of the Motor Companies own Low Rider S which is just a $1000 more expensive and comes with a superior braking package, and the 117ci Milwaukee-Eight and is arguable the best cruiser in Harley's range now.

What does FLH stand for? ›

FLH
AcronymDefinition
FLHFederal Lands Highway
FLHFédération Luxembourgeoise de Handball (French: Luxembourg Handball Federation; Luxembourg)
FLHFei Lun Hai (band)
FLHFarm Labor Housing
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What Does FLH Mean on a Harley? ›

The Harley-Davidson FLH motorcycle, manufactured by the Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, originated in 1949 as the Hydra-Glide touring model, so named for its hydraulically damped telescopic forks.

What year Electra Glide fuel injected? ›

Finally, the 'I' was appended in 1994 when Harley introduced the electronic fuel-injected version.
...
Make ModelHarley Davidson FLHTCU/I Electra Glide Ultra Classic
Year1999 - 00
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Is an Electra Glide easy to ride? ›

The ride is also very forgiving, softly soaking up bumps in the road. There's also cruise control, which makes highway riding even more effortless. Cornering with the Electra Glide is also easier than I expected - just lean with your body and the bike responds smoothly.

What is the most comfortable Harley Davidson motorcycle? ›

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

The Electra Glide is the ultimate for in rider & pillion comfort, and as such is one of EagleRider's most popular models.

Is Electra Glide bigger than Road King? ›

The Electra Glide is one of Harley-Davidson's best-selling touring bike models. At 102.4” long and an unladen seat height of 29.1”, the Electra Glide is larger and higher than both the Road King and the Street Glide.

How heavy is a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide? ›

The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic model is a Touring bike manufactured by Harley-Davidson . In this version sold from year 2018 , the dry weight is 394.0 kg (868.6 pounds) and it is equipped with a V2, four-stroke motor.

What does Flhtc mean on a Harley? ›

Acronym. Definition. FLHTC. Harley-Davidson Electraglide Classic motorcycle model. Copyright 1988-2018 AcronymFinder.com, All rights reserved.

What is the biggest Harley-Davidson motorcycle? ›

The new 131 cubic inch (2147cc) V-Twin delivers the biggest, most powerful street-compliant engine Harley-Davidson has ever created*.
...
Dealership hours.
Monday - Friday11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed
23 Jan 2020

What's the difference between a Ultra Classic and a ultra limited? ›

As you might have guessed, these two bikes are essentially identical, with the exception of some dimensions. Namely, the seat on the Ultra Limited Low, at 27 inches unladen, is two inches lower than the seat on the Ultra Limited. The Ultra Limited Low also sacrifices ground clearance compared to the standard model.

What is the cheapest 2022 Harley-Davidson? ›

Cruiser
  • Heritage Classic 114. ...
  • Fat Boy® 114. MSRP Starting at: $19,530. ...
  • Fat Bob® 114. MSRP Starting at: $18,330. ...
  • Low Rider® S. MSRP Starting at: $17,530. ...
  • Street Bob® 114. MSRP Starting at: $15,349. ...
  • Softail® Standard. MSRP Starting at: $13,949. ...
  • Forty-Eight® MSRP Starting at: $12,299. ...
  • Iron 883™ MSRP Starting at: $11,249.

How much is a 2022 Harley Davidson Electra Glide worth? ›

2022 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited
Identification:
Model TypeTouring
Warranty24 Months
Insurance
Price MSRP$29,169.00

Is a Electra Glide a Shovelhead? ›

The 1965 Electra Glide had a “Turnpike” fuel tank and was named as one of the most notable Harleys ever. In 1966 Harley-Davidson replaced the “Panhead” engine on all Electra-Glide models with the “Shovelhead” V-twin. The name was given due to the shape of its rocker covers resembling the up-turned blade of a shovel.

When did the first Electra Glide come out? ›

Since its inception in 1965, the Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide® has been a bestseller. It was one of the first motorcycles to feature an electric starter and the option for both hand or foot shifting. Another feature of this bike has included the backup kick-starter.

Do they still make Electra Glides? ›

Case in point: the first Icons Collection bike Harley-Davidson is releasing for 2021, the Electra Glide Revival. The Electra Glide Revival is based on Harley Davidson's 1969 Electra Glide, which is the first Harley to feature the brand's iconic "batwing" fairing.

Whats the difference between Electra Glide and Street Glide? ›

Electra Glide Standard is slightly shorter at 94.5 inches compared to Street Glide's 96.5. There's about nine pounds difference in weight. Otherwise dimensions, performance and drivetrain are also similar.

What does FLH mean? ›

Flammable Liquid Hydrocarbon. FLH. Full Load Hour (energy)

What Does FLH Mean on a Harley? ›

The Harley-Davidson FLH motorcycle, manufactured by the Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, originated in 1949 as the Hydra-Glide touring model, so named for its hydraulically damped telescopic forks.

What is the difference between Road King and Electra Glide? ›

Whats the Difference? Harley-Davidson Electra Glide ...

Is an Ultra Classic and Electra Glide the same? ›

Both achieve 42 mpg combined based on EPA estimates, but there is a small difference in power output between these two engines: the Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® Low makes 104.7 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm, while the Ultra Limited Low makes 105.5 lb-ft at 3,750 rpm.

How much does a Electra Glide weight? ›

The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard model is a Touring bike manufactured by Harley-Davidson . In this version sold from year 2020 , the dry weight is 354.3 kg (781.0 pounds) and it is equipped with a V2, four-stroke motor.

Where did the name Electra Glide come from? ›

The name was given due to the shape of its rocker covers resembling the up-turned blade of a shovel. The Shovelhead saw Harley-Davidson through until 1984. The 1969 Electra Glide brought us the iconic fork-mounted “batwing” fairing.

How fast is a Harley Electra Glide? ›

2019 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard

Top Speed: 100 mph (Est.)

How many miles per gallon does a Harley Davidson Electra Glide get? ›

Performance: Brembo® Brakes with standard ABS, 111 ft-lb of torque, and 45 mpg fuel economy.

How much is an Electra Glide worth? ›

Values
Suggested List PriceAverage Retail
Base Price$19,199$19,790
Options (Add)
Total Price$19,199$19,790
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Is an Electra Glide easy to ride? ›

The ride is also very forgiving, softly soaking up bumps in the road. There's also cruise control, which makes highway riding even more effortless. Cornering with the Electra Glide is also easier than I expected - just lean with your body and the bike responds smoothly.

What is the most comfortable Harley Davidson motorcycle? ›

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

The Electra Glide is the ultimate for in rider & pillion comfort, and as such is one of EagleRider's most popular models.

Is Electra Glide bigger than Road King? ›

The Electra Glide is one of Harley-Davidson's best-selling touring bike models. At 102.4” long and an unladen seat height of 29.1”, the Electra Glide is larger and higher than both the Road King and the Street Glide.

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