Harley-Davidson 1964 FL “Duo-Glide” 1207 cc OHV V-twin frame & engine # 64FL6403
The Duo-Glide was so-named because in 1958 Milwaukee’s 1200cc Panhead was equipped with both telescopic front forks and a swingarm rear suspension, the latter’s action controlled by a pair of outsized, chrome-covered shock absorbers. It was a big step forward in comfort for touring riders, who came to revel in the bike’s cushy ‘Glide Ride.’ Many mounted saddlebags and a windshield, and hit the road bound for points unknown. This year also saw the arrival of a hydraulically activated rear drum brake, but the dual suspension was the big news. “Highway…expressway…country lanes…city streets – there’s always a smooth road when you ride a Duo-Glide,” Milwaukee’s ad writers promised. “Solo or with a buddy, you travel smooth as silk – hydraulically smooth from front fork to rear suspension.”
The FL-series was available from 1958 up to and including 1964, in various models: the FL designation stood for standard compression engine. and foot change. From 1965 on an electric starter would be fitted: the ‘Electra Glide’ was born. A practical new feature for model year 1964 was the wide-foot side stand to support the machine better on starting. This impressive super machine embodies the last year of the Duo-Glide. She weighs some 240 kg but its 66hp engine promises a top speed of some 165 km. She’s well-restored, road-registered and comes complete with foot change, windshield, fiberglass panniers, luggage rack, side front lights and chummy seat. The colour scheme Hi-Fi Blue with Birch White tank panels was available at extra cost.