The big Harleys were now called "Hydra-Glide" in reference to the new telescopic forks.

1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide Pictures

The 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle could be dressed up with factory accessories such as chromed speedlines, fendertips, and a toolbox cover.

The tank-mounted speedometer was a key styling element of the 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide.

The overload spring could be swung into place to assist the sprung seatpost when a passenger or heavier rider was aboard.

The Hydra-Glide's new front end featured adjustable handlebars, novel for the 1940s.

The FL Hydra-Glide complemented the now-classic Harley-Davidson

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