1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

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1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide Pictures

The 1954 FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle was part of a Harley-Davidson roster that represented the period's only American-made lineup of bike
The 1954 FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle was part of a Harley-Davidson roster that represented the period's only American-made lineup of bike

The 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle offered options such as color-matched hand grips and kick-start pedal. The example pictured wasn't ordered with two-tone paint, which supplied the tank and fenders in different colors.

The FL's "Panhead" V-twin engine displaced 74 cubic inches.
The FL's "Panhead" V-twin engine displaced 74 cubic inches.
Though founded in 1903, Harley-Davidson chose to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1954.
Though founded in 1903, Harley-Davidson chose to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1954.
The big Harleys were law-enforcement staples.
The big Harleys were law-enforcement staples.
Cop Harleys located the Motorola speaker and microphone by the handlebars, and the transceiver in the left saddlebag.
Cop Harleys located the Motorola speaker and microphone by the handlebars, and the transceiver in the left saddlebag.
Here's the optional two-tone paint offered on the 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide model.
Here's the optional two-tone paint offered on the 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide model.
The FL model featured Harley's traditional tank-mounted speedometer. Note the dual gas-filler caps.
The FL model featured Harley's traditional tank-mounted speedometer. Note the dual gas-filler caps.
A trumpet-style horn was part of the 50th Anniversary hardware.
A trumpet-style horn was part of the 50th Anniversary hardware.
"Hydra-Glide" referenced Harley's telescopic forks.
"Hydra-Glide" referenced Harley's telescopic forks.
The 1954 50th Anniversary FLs wore special medallions on their front fenders.
The 1954 50th Anniversary FLs wore special medallions on their front fenders.

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