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1949

Introduction of the Hydra-Glide, named for the hydraulic front forks. Despite the availability of hydraulic forks for package truck and sidecar models, the springer was recommended because the Hydra-Glide had insufficient trail for good stability for those configurations.

Universal changes include: "Siliconized" black painted mufflers, optional rubber mounted handlebars and stainless steel air cleaner cover, and for one year - stainless steel timer and generator covers and chrome relay cover.

Hydra-Glide: one piece Air-Flow front fender, 2 piece hinged Air-Flow rear fender with 3 "Sergeant stripes", horn mount between wishbone frame members, Timken roller bearings used in steering head, Silicon Silver painted cylinders, cast iron manifold, intake rocker bearings with oilers to spray intake valves. A new friction steering damper was mounted on the steering stem of the forks. A knob adjusted pressure on the unit's spider spring. The handlebars were adjustable. The rubber mounted handlebar option, ($18.75), were chrome, and the solid mounts were black. The handlebars also contained the coils from the spirals and wiring from horn and light switches. The headlamp went from the Springers 7" to the Hydra-Glides 8.19". The Hydra-glide also fashioned a larger 8" drum brake compared to it's 7.25" predecesor. H-D updated the carburetor and manufactured their own breaker points in 1949.

Flathead
#
Price
WL Solo, 45ci, 3 speed
2289
$590
 
Servi-Car, 45ci, 3 speed and reverse
G, tow bar
494
$860
GA, without tow bar
545
$845
 
Panhead, OHV, 4 speed
EL Hydra-Glide Sport Solo, 61ci, high compression
3419
$735
E Hydra-Glide Solo, 61ci, medium compresssion
$735
ES Hydra-Glide Sidecar Twin, 61ci, medium compression
177
$735
EP Sidecar Twin, 61ci, spring fork
ELP Sport Solo, 61ci, spring fork
99
FL Hydra-Glide Sport Solo, 74ci, high compression
8014
$750
F Hydra-Glide, Solo, 74ci, med-compression
$750
FS Hydra-Glide Sidecar Twin, 74ci, med-compression
490
$750
FP Sidecar Twin, 74ci, spring fork
FLP Sport Solo, 74ci, spring fork
486
 
Specialty Models
WL-SP 45ci, aluminum heads
WLS Sidecar Twin, 45ci
WR Racer, 45ci
121

Sidecar and Chassis:
· LE - right hand sidecar
· M - Package Truck w/cover
· MC - chassis for M

1949 colors
Brilliant Black
Burgundy
Peacock Blue
Police silver
Metallic Congo Green
Metallic congo green at extra cost.
 
the Flathead Register for 1949:
the Panhead Register for 1949:
TypeTotal
G16
W1
WL51
WLA1
WR2
TypeTotal
E2
EL95
F6
FL263
FLH2
FLP1
Unknown2
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