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Harley-Davidson makes retro-styled motorcycles that capture old-school cool. That’s no surprise. However, for fans who simply can’t stand the ubiquity of a Fat Boy 114 or Heritage Classic 114, the MoCo has a unique throwback option. Enter the new Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Revival, a limited edition modern classic cruiser with nods to the 1950s.  

The new, limited-edition Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Revival channels the classic cruisers of the 1950s

The new Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Revival, the fourth of the Icons Motorcycle Collection, wears a unique Redline Red and Birch White two-tone paint scheme. Save for whitewall tires, the Revival model is an aesthetic channeling of old-school American cruisers like the FLs of yesteryear.

Upon closer inspection, die-hard Harley-heads will notice “V” tank badges. It’s a nod to the Hydra-Glides of the mid-1950s. Along with the handsome two-tone paintwork, the new Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Revival is among the most classically styled bikes on the market today. Of course, the new Hydra-Glide isn’t alone; the Indian Springfield and Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 114 make great cases for American retro bikes.

Beyond the paintwork and badging, the Hydra-Glide Revival’s matching solo saddle and saddle bags act as centerpieces for the bike’s classic style. Up front, the two-tone windshield is detachable, and floorboards are standard. 

A new 2024 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Revival shows off its old-school looks.
2024 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Revival | Harley-Davidson

However, aesthetics is where the similarities stop. Sure, riders will likely smile when they look down at the classic tank badges. But power is courtesy of a Milwaukee-Eight 114-cubic-inch V-twin with fuel injection and a Screamin’ Eagle air cleaner. Hardly the setup you’d find on a factory cruiser from the 1950s. That, and riders will be safer with standard anti-lock braking systems (ABS).

Of course, modern riders will be all the better for it; the M8 twin produces compliant torque. That, and it doesn’t have some of the same self-destructive tendencies as the plastic cam chain tensioners in some Twin Cam engines. The new Hydra-Glide Revival starts at $24,999. You won’t see many of them, though; the MoCo says global production won’t exceed 1,750 units. Furthermore, every Revival will display its production number on its riser cover.