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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. HD updated the carb and manufactured their own breaker points in '49.

 

Flathead

# mfg.

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 compression

 

$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.

 

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