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2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival

The particular blend of features really channels the 1969 version, all without sacrificing performance or electronic sophistication

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Harley-Davidson rebrands its tourbike line under the “Grand American Touring” banner in 2021, and the American marque marks the occasion with the all-new Electra Glide Revival. This bike is a bona fide rolling tribute that brings classic design elements together with top-shelf electronics and a large powerful engine, all of a more recent vintage to make this a thoroughly modern ride.

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival Design

  • Ample chrome trim
  • Classic 1969 styling
  • Color TFT diplay
  • BOOM! Box 6.5 GT audio system
Laced wheels sport plenty of chrome and carry broad “gangster” whitewalls that trace their lineage back to the middle of the previous century.

The Electra Glide Revival is a late release to be sure as it was announced shortly before the Black Hills Rally in Sturgis, SD — an event that usually sees the unveiling of next year’s products to the general public — so I’m left with the impression that this is being pushed out as part of the new management’s prerogative.

There’s a lot to unpack here with oodles of historical Easter eggs sprinkled throughout, so let’s get started with the laced wheels that sport plenty of chrome to start the bling treatment. The hoops pair well with the brightness of the wheels by carrying broad “gangster” whitewalls that traces their lineage back to the middle of the previous century. Likewise, the full front fender has a similar pedigree, as does the chrome script, piping, and fender skirt that completes the package in old-school style.

That’s just the start — the chrome coverage extends up to the beercan fork skirts and the partial nacelle that peeks out from under the Batwing fairing. While this is the same fairing mounted by many among the touring lineup, it’s made to look a bit dated by not carrying the same paint as the sheet metal, and instead matches the hard bags for an old-school shadetree finish.

As a modern element, the fairing comes with H-D’s SplitStream vent that relieves the vacuum behind the fairing and glass to mitigate the tiresome head-buffet effect. The single round halogen headlight is a two-in-one unit for both low- and high-beam operation, and it comes braced by a pair of pimp lights for greater forward light output. A chrome whiskerbar mounts the extra lights along with the front blinkers to complete the classic styling up front.

Around behind the fairing is a quartet of analog gauge dials lined up above a color TFT touchscreen that handles all the ride-quality and infotainment functions. Harley’s BOOM! Box 6.5 GT audio system lets you share your road tunes with the rest of the class, and a GPS-driven navigation system finishes the package by ensuring that you never get lost. There’s more chrome on the six-gallon fuel tank in the classic console, fuel door, and period-correct badging with widespread coverage on the drivetrain and exhaust.

The seat is something special. The overall shape of the saddle with pedestal-and-hinge articulation and chrome buttstop were inspired from the seats of yesteryear, as this type of saddle was popular on the old hardtail models and into the early swingarm years. It is a solo seat with plush tuck-and-roll upholstery, so no sharing the fun with a friend, at least on the stock setup.

The baggage comes shot in the same paint as the fairing for more of that home-spun look with 2.3 cubic-feet of secure dry storage. A final bit of bling makes it onto the rear end at the bag guards and rear turn-signal mount.

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival Chassis

  • Historically-inspired frame design
  • Showa Dual Bending Valve forks
  • Tool-free preload adjustment
  • ABS
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This is the same FL platform that props up the rest of the Electra Glide family, and it has a classic shape with a double-downtube/double-cradle layout that can trace its lineage back to around the '40s.

The frame on the Electra Glide Revival is welded-up, round steel tubing with a composite backbone for strength and rigidity. This is the same FL platform that props up the rest of the Electra Glide family, and it has a classic shape with a double-downtube/double-cradle layout that can trace its lineage back to around the ’40s if you follow the family tree to its roots. A rectangular cross-section gives the yoke-style steel swingarm a bit of extra rigidity to finish the standing structure and the bolt-on rear frame is easily removed ahead of major repairs if need be.

Harley keeps one foot in the previous century — not in a good way — with its non-adjustable front forks, though credit where it’s due, the 49 mm Showa stems sport the Dual Bending Valve technology that delivers demand-driven damping for a ride that is far superior to standard vanilla front ends.

A low rear suspension setup rests the saddle at 30.9 inches off the deck unladen and comes with a hand-adjuster for quick-and-easy preload tweaks, all without benefit of tools. There’s a trade off to be had here. The seat is relatively low for a tour-style machine, but that cuts into the rear suspension travel with a short 2.15-inch stroke. The forks come with a 4.6-inch stroke that is closer to the average and should be sufficient for civilized roads.

H-D Series Dunlop hoops make the connection to the concrete. Built for cruising comfort, the steering stem angle and tripleclamp offset sets a rake angle of 29.25 degrees with 6.8 inches of trail to make it track like it’s on rails, even in blustery crosswinds. Curb weight is reported at 862 pounds, so this is a lot of bike to keep under control. The factory gives you the tools you need with dual front brakes and all-around, 300 mm discs and four-bore calipers to bind them. Plus, since it rocks the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems, ABS is a standard feature, so you can count on safely getting the most out of your anchors.

Frame: Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded.
Swingarm: Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded.
Front Fork/ Travel: 49 mm Dual Bending Valve/ 4.6 in. (117 mm)
Rear Shocks/ Travel: Premium Low Hand-Adjustable Rear Suspension /2.15 in. (54.6 mm)
Rake (steering head): 26°
Fork Angle: 29.25°
Trail: 6.8 in. (173 mm)
Lean Angle (J1168) Right/ Left: 32°/ 31°
Wheel Type, Front: Chrome Steel Laced w/ Custom Whitewall Tires
Wheel Type, Rear: Chrome Steel Laced w/ Custom Whitewall Tires
Wheel, Front : 3 in. (76 mm) x 17 in. (432 mm)
Wheel, Rear: 5 in. (127 mm) x 16 in. (406 mm)
Brakes, Front: Dual 300 mm floating rotors, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper
Brakes, Rear: 300 mm fixed rotor, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper
Tires: Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, bias wide whitewall
Tire, Front: D402F MT90B16 72H
Tire, Rear: D407T 180/65B16 81H
ABS: Standard

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival Drivetrain

  • Milwaukee Eight 114 V-twin engine
  • 97 hp and 118 lb-ft of stump-pulling torque
  • Effortless cruising
  • Ample roll-on in 5th and 6th gear
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As usual for an H-D Big Twin, the engine layout is undersquare to maximize torque output, and since it's reported at 118 pound-feet of grunt at 3,250 rpm, I'd say it's a job well done.

The Electra Glide Revival runs a punched-out Milwaukee-Eight that boasts a 114 cubic-inch (1,868 cc) displacement to put this lump in the mid-range for the engine family. As usual for an H-D Big Twin, the engine layout is undersquare with a 102 mm bore and 114 mm stroke to maximize torque output, and since it’s reported at 118 pound-feet of grunt at 3,250 rpm, I’d say it’s a job well done.

Horsepower tops out with 97 ponies at 5,020 rpm and compression comes in with a 10.5-to-1 ratio that’ll put you at the mid-grade hook at the very least. The valvetrain is from the old school with external pushrods that actuate a quartet of overhead poppets per jug.

Power flows through a chain-type primary drive to a slip-and-assist clutch that adds a layer of rear contact-patch protection. The six-speed transmission crunches the ratios and sends power to the pavement via a tough, carbon-reinforced, belt-type final drive.

For your riding pleasure, the Revival comes stock with the RDRS package that bundles advanced ABS, drag torque mitigation, traction control, and Vehicle Hold Control to make this unit competitive with the top brands around the world, at least in the electronics category. Top speed is a reported max of around 100 mph, but that will be a bit variable with wind influence, cargo weight, elevation and rider weight.

Engine: Milwaukee-Eight™ 114, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder
Displacement: 114 cu in (1,868 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.016 in. (102 mm) x 4.5 in. (114 mm)
Power: 97 hp (72 kW) @ 5020 rpm
Engine Torque (J1349): 118 ft-lb (160 Nm) @ 3,250 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner: Paper, washable
Exhaust: 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers
Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch: Mechanically actuated 10 plate wet, Assist and Slip
Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios: 1: 9.593, 2: 6.65, 3: 4.938, 4: 4, 5: 3.407, 6: 2.875

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival Price

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MSRP in the Electra Glide Revival is $29.2k.

Never one to use price as a selling point, Milwaukee looks to get $29,199 for its new, base-model Electra Glide Revival. In a break from convention, the factory doesn’t offer this model in a Vivid Black paint package, but instead sticks to a Hi-Fi Blue over black with a Birch White finish on the fairing and saddlebags. This model is scheduled for a numbered production run of only 1,500 units worldwide.

Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
Color: Hi-Fi Blue/Birch White
Price: $29,199

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival Competitor

2020 - 2021 Indian Chieftain Limited
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The new Electra Glide Revival hits the bricks with a built-in domestic competitor in the Indian Chieftain Limited. As the only other American brand, Indian is in an excellent position to take on The MoCo with similar history and evolution of design, so let’s get to it.

Indian Chieftain Limited

2020 - 2021 Indian Chieftain Limited
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The Chieftain Limited rocks an infotainment system that rivals H-D's, and it comes with a Rear-Cylinder Deactivation feature.

Indian brings its own mixture of old and new to the table with classic features such as the war bonnet ornament on the full-length, high-side front fender, chrome beercan fork skirts, and a powerplant that channels yesteryear through its flathead-type design features. As a proper bagger model, the Indian rolls with a batwing-esque fairing and stock saddlebags, plus it has a two-up seat that lets you share the fun with a friend right off the showroom floor.

Indian edges out H-D in the displacement category with a 116 cubic-inch (1,890 cc) volume and capitalizes on this minor size difference to deliver a total of 126 pound-feet of torque against 118 pounds of grunt from the Revival.

The Chieftain Limited rocks an infotainment system that rivals H-D’s, and it comes with stock ABS protection along with a Rear-Cylinder Deactivation feature that kills the rear cylinder at stops to limit heat wash felt by the pilot.

Indian garners another small victory at the checkout with its $27,999 sticker, though I doubt that price difference will make many buyers jump the fence from their preferred brand.

Read our full review of the Indian Chieftain Limited.

He Said

“Go ahead and pencil me in as a fan. This particular blend of features really channels the 1969 version, all without sacrificing performance or electronic sophistication. Not only does it have its own charms, but it’s also something of a blank canvas for builders looking to expand on this old school-themed bike. This will definitely appeal to the fans of retro-designed bikes.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “What a beautiful bike and a nice combination of classic styling and modern technology. The Electra Glide Revival is the first bike in Harley’s Icons Collection, which is an annual program intended to ’elevate traditional forms and celebrate Americana, either by revisiting classic Harley-Davidson design themes or by exploring ideas that represent the future of motorcycle style,’ according to the Harley site. I think they hit it spot on with this first contribution to the collection. The attention to historical detail is apparent. Of course, I remember 1969. Not a lot of folks reading this will.”

2021 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Milwaukee-Eight™ 114, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder
Displacement: 114 cu in (1,868 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.016 in. (102 mm) x 4.5 in. (114 mm)
Power: 97 hp (72 kW) @ 5020 rpm
Engine Torque (J1349): 118 ft-lb (160 Nm) @ 3,250 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner: Paper, washable
Exhaust: 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers
Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch: Mechanically actuated 10 plate wet, Assist and Slip
Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios: 1: 9.593, 2: 6.65, 3: 4.938, 4: 4, 5: 3.407, 6: 2.875
Chassis:
Frame: Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded.
Swingarm: Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded.
Front Fork/ Travel: 49 mm Dual Bending Valve/ 4.6 in. (117 mm)
Rear Shocks/ Travel: Premium Low Hand-Adjustable Rear Suspension /2.15 in. (54.6 mm)
Rake (steering head): 26°
Fork Angle: 29.25°
Trail: 6.8 in. (173 mm)
Lean Angle (J1168) Right/ Left: 32°/ 31°
Wheel Type, Front: Chrome Steel Laced w/ Custom Whitewall Tires
Wheel Type, Rear: Chrome Steel Laced w/ Custom Whitewall Tires
Wheel, Front : 3 in. (76 mm) x 17 in. (432 mm)
Wheel, Rear: 5 in. (127 mm) x 16 in. (406 mm)
Brakes, Front: Dual 300 mm floating rotors, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper
Brakes, Rear: 300 mm fixed rotor, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper
Tires: Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, bias wide whitewall
Tire, Front: D402F MT90B16 72H
Tire, Rear: D407T 180/65B16 81H
ABS: Standard
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 94.5 in. (2,400 mm)
Overall Width: 37.8 in. (960 mm)
Overall Height: 56.7 in. (1,440 mm)
Seat Height, Laden: 29.6 in. (752 mm)
Seat Height, Unladen: 30.9 in. (785 mm)
Static Ground Clearance: 4.5 in. (115 mm)
Wheelbase: 64 in. (1,625 mm)
Fuel Capacity: 6 gal. with approx 1-gallon reserve (22.7 l with approx 3.8 l reserve)
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 5.2 qt. (4.9 l)
Transmission Capacity: 1 qt. (.95 l)
Primary Chain Case Capacity: 1.1 qts. (1 l)
Dry Weight: 824 lb. (374 kg)
Curb Weight: 862 lb. (391 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 1,360 lb. (617 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front/Rear: 500 lb. (227 kg)/927 lb. (420 kg)
Luggage Capacity -Volume: 2.3 cu ft (0.064 m3)
Fuel Economy: 43 mpg (5.5 l/100 km)
Electric:
Battery: Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 28-amp/hour, 405 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging: Three-phase, 48-amp system (600W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 625W max power @ 13V)
Starting: 1.6 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
└ Headlamp: Dual halogen headlight 55-watt 625 lumen low beam, 65-watt 1,570 lumen high beam with switchable 26 watt 440 lumen halogen fog lights. Total of 986 lumen output at low beam with fog lights.
└ Tail/Stop: 8W/28W
└ Front Signal Lights: 8W/28W
└ Indicator Lamps: High beam, running lights, directional lights, low oil pressure, neutral, engine diagnostics, battery, cruise control, accessory, security system, gear indication, low fuel warning, ABS, miles to empty display, fog/aux lamp indicator
└ Rear Turn Signals: 8W/28W
Gauges: Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.
Auxiliary Lamps: Two @ 30W each (except where prohibited by law)
Electric Power Outlet: Electric power accessory port in fairing
GPS System: Boom!™ Box 6.5GT audio system with GPS and touchscreen
Reverse Gear: N/A
Details:
Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
Color: Hi-Fi Blue/Birch White
Price: $29,199

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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