1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail

The FLSTN Heritage Softail was released in 1993. Dubbed the "Cow Glide," it was a fast seller. See more motorcycle pictures.

The unusual 1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail motorcycle was nicknamed the "Cow Glide," and Harley immediately sold all 2,700 it built.

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Ever since William "Willie G." Davidson, grandson of a Harley-Davidson founder, took over as the motorcycle maker's chief of design in 1963, the company showed a willingness -- a passion even -- for bringing daring designs to market. But this one was unusual even by Harley-Davidson standards.

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For 1993, Harley offered anniversary models to celebrate the company's 90th birthday, and right alongside those two-tone silver anniversary bikes was this striking black-and-white Heritage Softail with heifer trim, soon to be nicknamed the "Cow Glide."

Combining the classic look of wire wheels, whitewall tires, running boards, and chromed headlight nacelle with the black-on-white paint scheme resulted in a classic look. Add the bovine trim, and the image is truly unique.

But like other Harley-Davidson "factory customs," the FLSTN boasts modern mechanicals, such as belt drive, disc brakes, hydraulic forks, and Harley's Softail frame that looks rigid, but isn't.

Also like most of its other customs, the Cow Glide sold out immediately, its 2,700 copies not near enough to go around.

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Unlike other Harley-Davidson "factory customs," the FLSTN had modern mechanicals like belt drive, disc brakes, hydraulic forks, and Harley's softail frame.
Unlike other Harley-Davidson "factory customs," the FLSTN had modern mechanicals like belt drive, disc brakes, hydraulic forks, and Harley's softail frame.

The 1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail motorcycle combined the classic Harley look with an unusual bovine-trim design. The result was a striking machine.

 The plaque below the ignition switch lists the build-sequence number in the total production run of just 2,700 bikes.
The plaque below the ignition switch lists the build-sequence number in the total production run of just 2,700 bikes.
The 1993 FLSTN Heritage Softail's chrome fork cover was reminiscent of those on Harleys of the 1950s.
The 1993 FLSTN Heritage Softail's chrome fork cover was reminiscent of those on Harleys of the 1950s.
Bovine trim detailed the tank top, and was also found on the Cow Glide's seat and saddlebags.
Bovine trim detailed the tank top, and was also found on the Cow Glide's seat and saddlebags.
The high-styled chrome fins of the cylinder head were the perfect complement to the custom-bike theme.
The high-styled chrome fins of the cylinder head were the perfect complement to the custom-bike theme.

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