In 1965, the Electra Glide came out with the Panhead engine. It was based on the Duo-Glide but had an electric start (hence the name Electra Glide). It also got a bigger gas tank. The Electra Glide had hard bags but no fairing. The Batwing fairing was offered as an option in 1969. Dean Wixom designed it. Due to it did not have the speedometer or other electrical components mounted in it, it was a removable option. If you’re experiencing difficulties with yours make sure you have a Harley-Davidson Electra glide service manual with you to do the job right the first time around.
Harley came out with the final Electra Glide without a fairing in 1979. It was named an FLHS Electra Glide Sport. The Road King became a separate model in 1994, although it was essentially an Electra Glide without a fairing. All the Touring models had the same engine and frame. In 1970 the generator was replaced, and an alternator was used in its place.
The Electra Glide has used several different carburetors over the decades. Early on a Linkert carb mixed the fuel and air. Then it was Bendix / Zenith and later Keihin. The 30th Anniversary Edition of the Electra Glide had the optional Fuel Injection in 1995. Electronic Fuel Injection became standard in 2007.
2007 brought about some significant changes to the drive train. The 5-speed transmission was replaced with a 6-speed. The primary chain was given had an automatic adjuster. 2007 also was given hydraulic cam chain adjusters.
2009 gave birth to an Electra Glide with an updated and stiffer frame. The exhaust now went under the frame instead of behind the engine to reach the left side. This helped keep the heat away from the rider and passenger. 2014 saw major changes in the fairing and luggage.
The history of the Electra Glide is essential. All the variants such as Electra Glide Classic, Street Glide Special, Road Glide Ultra, Ultra Limited Low, etc. These are all variants of the Harley Touring line that branched off the Electra Glide in 1965, as its evolution started back.
But the story of the Electra Glide doesn't stop with two wheels. Many individuals and small companies have converted the Electra Glide (and other motorcycles) into trikes. Lehman Trikes was one of these small company. Lehman Trikes signed an agreement with Harley Davidson in 2008. Harley shipped them Electra Glides without the suspension, rear tires, or swing-arm. Lehman Trikes then produced the Tri Glide. However, if your Electra Glide is in need of TLC, grab yourself a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide owner’s manual and get to work.