Harley-Davidson, the legendary motorcycle manufacturer, is set to celebrate its 120th anniversary in 2023 in a unique and special way. As a nod to its rich history, Harley-Davidson has something special in store for its fans with the release of the third installment of its Motorcycle Collection, "Icons."
This new addition to the collection is the 2023 Electra Glide Highway King, a tribute to the classic and quintessentially American 1968 FLH Electra Glide. This motorcycle blends the retro essence of the 60s with modern advancements in comfort, technology, and performance, providing an unparalleled experience of reliving the road trips we often dream about. The Highway King is designed to offer the thrill of riding without any technological aids such as GPS, social media, or Bluetooth. It's just you, the motorcycle, and the road, a pure embodiment of simplicity at its finest. Let's take a closer look at what makes the 2023 Electra Glide Highway King such a special motorcycle.
The Retro Look
The 2023 Electra Glide Highway King is truly a modern marvel. With its impeccable design, it pays homage to the classic look and feel of motorcycles of old, while still managing to incorporate cutting-edge features that are sure to impress even the most discerning riders.
Take a closer look, and you'll see that every aspect of this bike has been carefully crafted with precision and attention to detail. From the laced wheels to the whitewall tires, every element of this motorcycle is designed to turn heads and leave a lasting impression.
“In its day this was a really deluxe motorcycle,” says Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design and Creative Director. “The colors we’ve selected for the Highway King model are reminiscent of the original color options offered in 1968. We carefully matched each color in the lower section of the windshield. In 1968, the accessory fiberglass saddlebags were only offered in white, so we’ve done the same in 2023. The result is a thoroughly modern motorcycle that looks unapologetically old school.”
But the real magic of the Electra Glide Highway King lies in its unique color schemes: Hi-Fi Orange/Birch White and Hi-Fi Magenta/Birch White. These stunning two-tone combinations are unlike anything you've ever seen before, and are sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this bike on the road.
As part of the Icons Motorcycle Collection, the 2023 Electra Glide Highway King is a true collector's item. With only 1,750 numbered units set to be produced globally, this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of motorcycle history. So don't wait – get your hands on one of these incredible bikes today and experience the thrill of riding a true legend! related articles: The 2023 Harley Davison Motorcycle Lineup
The Comfortable Ride
The 2023 Electra Glide Highway King is not your average touring bike; it's a testament to Harley-Davidson's commitment to rider comfort and longevity. With features designed to minimize fatigue and maximize protection, you can ride this bike for days on end without worrying about anything other than the open road.
The two-tone windshield is not only detachable but also designed to match the bike's color scheme perfectly. It provides the ideal amount of protection against wind, debris, and bugs while maintaining the bike's sleek appearance. Additionally, the solo saddle seat is mounted on an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber, ensuring a smooth ride no matter the terrain. The black-and-white cover and chrome rail harken back to the original FL models of the 60s, but with modernized comfort and functionality.
But it's not just about comfort. The Electra Glide Highway King is built to withstand the rigors of the open road. Its signature touring frame, floorboards, engine guard, and saddlebag guard rails ensure that the bike can handle anything the highway throws its way. With 160,955 miles of highway to explore in the U.S., this bike is ready for anything. So what are you waiting for? Hit the road and experience the ultimate touring machine.
The Modern-Day Performance
The 2023 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Highway King is a powerhouse on the open road, thanks to its Milwaukee-Eight 114 cubic-inch engine. With an impressive 95 horsepower and 122 lb-ft of torque, this motorcycle has all the power you need to reclaim the highways, country roads, and city streets. And for those looking for even more power, it's eligible for all four of Harley-Davidson's Screamin' Eagle stage upgrade kits.
But it's not just about power. This bike is also designed with rider comfort and safety in mind. Cruise control allows you to lock in a steady speed for those long rides, while the large Halogen headlamp and auxiliary lamps light up the road ahead. And with the latest riding technology like Electronically Linked Brakes, Cornering-ABS, Cornering-Traction Control, Drag Torque Slip Control, and Vehicle Hold Control (VHC), this bike handles even the tightest turns with ease, ensuring a smooth and safe ride.
2023 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Highway King Specs
- Type: Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin
- Bore x stroke: 4.016” x 4.5”
- Displacement: 114 cubic inches (1868cc)
- Maximum power: 95 horsepower @ 5020 rpm
- Maximum torque: 122 ft-lbs @ 2750 rpm
- Compression ratio: 10.5:1
- Cooling: Air
- Lubrication: Dry sump
- Transmission: 6-speed Cruise Drive
- Clutch: Hydraulically actuated w/ assist-and-slip functions
- Primary drive: Chain
- Final drive: Belt
- Frame: Mild tubular steel w/ two-piece stamped and welded backbone
- Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable Showa 49mm Dual Bending Valve fork; 4.6 inches
- Rear suspension: Spring-preload adjustable shocks; 2.2 inches
- Wheels: Wire-spoke
- Front wheel: 16 x 3.00
- Rear wheel: 16 x 5.00
- Front tire: 130/90 x 16; Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series D402F
- Rear tire: 180/65 x 16; Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series D407T
- Front brakes: 300mm floating discs w/ 4-piston Brembo calipers
- Rear brake: 300mm fixed disc w/ 4-piston caliper
- ABS: Cornering-aware
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 64 inches
- Seat height: 29.5 inches
- Rake: 26 degrees
- Fork angle: 29.25 degrees
- Trail: 6.7 inches
- Fuel capacity: 6 gallons
- Estimated fuel consumption: 43 mpg
- Curb weight: 849 pounds
- Hi-Fi Orange/Birch White
- Hi-Fi Magenta/Birch White