Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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Harley Davidson Electraglide

What’s in a name? Harley Davidson definitely thinks that names are important because they chose to rename their basic FL model three times. 

First, it was called the Hydraglide in 1949. Then in 1958, the name was changed to Duo-Glide. Finally, in 1965, the company changed its name to the Electraglide. This last name change stuck the longest, continuing on until today. This model has been in production for decades, making it one of the longest-running and most iconic Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Evolution of the Electra-Glide

Initially, the FL series was created by Harley Davidson as a marker for their large framed, mostly touring motorcycles. The traditional styling and sixteen-inch wheels gave the bikes their distinctive look. The large frames helped the FL series to become beloved by long-distance motorcycle enthusiasts. 

Originally produced in 1941, the FL series started out with a 74-inch flathead engine but moved to a Panhead style engine in 1948. Through the Hydro-Glide production years, new suspension systems were added and marketed as a “hydraulic front end” to highlight the improved technology of the superbike. When the fully suspended chassis was added, the name changed to Duo-Glide.

The Electra-Glide continued to see major improvements. In 1966, the power of the bike increased by 10% with the new shovelhead engine. Today, the standard engine on the Electraglide is 80 cu in and the bike comes equipped with front-end brakes. 

Why is it Electric?

The name change that makes the Electra-Glide distinctive has everything to do with its starter. This motorcycle was the same as its predecessor, the Duo-Glide, with the major exception of its electric starter. Hence the name “Electra”. However, the motorcycle retained its kickstart feature even with the rollout of the electric starter. 

The gas tank size was almost doubled with the transition as well, from 3.5 gallons all the way up to 5 gallons. This allowed for longer trips without the need for refueling, letting motorcycle enthusiasts get a lot further on long trips. 

Notable Short Run in 1977

Harley Davidson memorably produced a short run of the Elecraglide in 1977. The Harley Davidson Confederate Edition was an FLH Electraglide that showed off some unique decorations. There were only forty-four of these motorcycles made, making them one of the rarest Harleys ever produced.

There were five other models produced with the Confederate Edition marketing. It was created following the success of the Liberty edition during the previous year, 1976, the American Bicentennial. The rebel flag was embossed in metallic on the fuel tank. Harley Davidson discontinued its use of the Confederate flag in all of its products in 1993, and there is no version of the Confederate Edition on display at the official Harley Davidson museum. 


Part of what makes the Harley Davidson Electraglide so iconic is batwing fairings. Originally designed by Dean Wixom, they became an option in 1969. 

This iconic front end mounted design had the electrical components and the speedometer mounted on it. A windshield also attached, which again made this motorcycle more than a scooter, but took it towards superbike. 

With the batwing fairing and a windshield, it seemed possible to go anywhere on this amazing machine. Just grab onto the handlebars and hit the road. Touring bikes like this one are a central part of motorcycles and motorcycle culture. The addition of the large gas tank and electric starter made this bike the perfect way to go for an adventure on the road.

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