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Origins

This motorcycle was purchased from a Harley Davidson store in New Orleans. A lot of work was done with this bike’s major components, including a new S&S engine, exhaust system, and oil filter system.

Harley Davidson’s Hydra-Glide was a significantly improved bike design, one that would carry the company through the next 17 years. The hydraulic-valve “Panhead” engine was introduced in 1948, and the telescopic front forks that gave the bike its name came out the next year.

Powering the Hydra-Glide was a 74 cubic inch, 55 hp, OHV V-twin engine fed by a Schebler carburetor, a four-speed hand-shifted gearbox, a bucket saddle, telescopic Hydra-Glide front forks, a hard-tail rear end, a hand-operated front drum brake, and a foot-operated rear brake.