Harley Davidson FLHTC 1340 Electra Glide Classic 85th Anniversary

 

 

 

Make Model

Harley Davidson FLHTC 1340 Electra Glide Classic 85th Anniversary

Year

1988
Production 50 Units

Engine

Four stroke, 45° V-Twin, OHV, 2 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

1337 cc / 81.5 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 88.8 x 108 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 8.5:1

Induction

38mm Keihin carburetor

Ignition 

Electronic
Starting Electric

Max Power

71 hp / 53.3  kW @ 5000 rpm

Max Torque

82.5 ft-lb / 111.8 Nm @ 3600 rpm

Transmission 

5 Speed 
Final Drive Chain
Frame Double-downtube, full-cradle frame box-section steel swing arm

Front Suspension

Center-axle fork with 41mm tubes
Frnt Wheel Travel 117 mm / 4.6 in
Rear Suspension Dual shock absorbers, adjustable for spring preload
Rear Wheel Travel 97 mm / 3.8 in
Front Brakes 2x 292mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 292mm disc 4 piston caliper

Front Tyre

140/90-16

Rear Tyre

140/90-16

Wet Weight

345.0 kg / 760 lbs

Fuel Capacity

19 Litres / 5.0 US gal

The 1988 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide Classic was built to commemorate the company’s 85th anniversary.
On the surface, that may not sound like a terribly significant milestone. But in fact, it may have been the company’s most important anniversary—ranking ahead of 2003's gala 100th anniversary celebration.


Why? Because 85 was the anniversary that almost didn’t happen.

Within years after its founding in 1903, Harley-Davidson had grown to become one of the country’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers. And when archrival Indian stopped making motorcycles in the 1950s, Harley was the sole survivor of more than 150 motorcycle manufacturers that had once called America home.

But then came the ’60s, when Japanese companies challenged H-D’s share of the U.S. market. And by the end of the decade, the company agreed to a purchase by recreational-equipment giant AMF to stay in business.

With an infusion of AMF money, production increased, but quality and relations with customers and dealers declined. By the late 1970s, AMF was disenchanted with motorcycles, and Harley was on the ropes again.

In June 1981, a team of Harley executives bought the company from AMF and set about improving quality and expanding the model line. After staggering losses in 1981 and 1982, they turned a profit in 1983.

But that was only a temporary solution. By the end of '85, Harley was nearly forced into bankruptcy when it had to restructure its debt. The situation remained precarious until Harley went public in June 1986, bringing in a stable source of cash.

The company’s 85th anniversary rolled around in 1988, and Harley had a lot to celebrate. When Harley President Vaughn Beals took this FLHTC on a cross-country ride, it wasn’t just a celebration of that milestone. It was a victory lap of America.

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