Harley-Davidson 1964 FLH “Duo Glide” 1207 cc side valve OHV V-twin frame & engine # 64FLH 4866
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 till 1964, in various models: the FLHF designation stood for high 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 comes complete with fiberglass panniers and is ready for the road.