1978 Harley-Davidson FLHS Electra-Glide

By: the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The 1978 Harley-Davidson FLHS Electra-Glidedebuted with a lean, stripped-down look.See more motorcycle pictures.

The 1978 Harley-Davidson FLHS Electra-Glide saw Harley reaching into the past to spice up its FLH bikes.

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While the "FLH" nomenclature typically invokes the image of a full-tilt, luggage-laden touring bike, adding the "S" suffix in 1978 brought instead a stripped machine resembling the FLs of old.

The Harley-Davidson FLHS Electra-Glide was reminiscent of classic FL models.
The Harley-Davidson FLHS Electra-Glide wasreminiscent of classic FL models.

Adding to the illusion were simple block-lettered tank badges and a large headlight nacelle.

The FLHS was equipped with a 74-cubic-inch engine.
The FLHS was equipped with a74-cubic-inch engine.

Everything seen on this example is factory equipment, including the twin-stripe whitewall tires and chrome battery cover, as it has never been modified or restored. It is an original bike that has essentially never been ridden.

An 80-cubic-inch motor was introduced for 1978, and eventually became standard on Big Twins.

The rear fender displayed the engine specifications.
The rear fender displayed the engine specifications.

This bike, however, has the 74-cubic-inch version, as the "1200" fender badges attest.

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