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1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide

June 30, 2015
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Our July 2015 cover bike is owned by Mark Kozak, and we thought his 1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide, with its “Sparkling America” red, white, and blue color scheme was the perfect motorcycle for this month’s patriotic-themed cover.

Mark is from Kansas City, Missouri, and we had the opportunity to gather additional information about him and his Super Glide. We also had a blast shooting cover model Brandie on Mark’s bike for this month’s cover. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy this month’s behind the scenes photos and video!

Willie G. Davidson sat down to sketch a new bike for the company bearing his name. Taking note of the custom scene, Willie G combined the 1,200cc motor and frame from the company’s Electra Glide with the chopper-style front end from the Sportster. He added a Euro-inspired fiberglass seat/tail section for a unique look, with wide, bold Sparkling America graphics.

The resulting machine, released in 1971 as the Super Glide, was not an instant success. In particular, the “boat-tail” rear was a bit much for most American buyers which put it in the top ten collectible Harley list today.

Model: Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide
Year: 1971

Make/Size (ci): Harley-Davidson 74ci/1213cc overhead valve Shovelhead V-twin four-stroke.
Power: 65 HP@5150 RPM
Top Speed: 83.9 mph
Compression: 8.0:1
Bore x Stroke: 3.4 x 4.0 inches
Valves per Cylinder: 2
Fuel Control: OHV
Cooling System: Air
Gearbox: 4-speed
Transmission Type/Final Drive: Chain
Pipes: Two-into-one

Chassis, Suspension, Brakes & Wheels
Front tire: 5.10-16
Rear tire: 5.10-16
Brakes: The original bike had expanding brakes, but disc brakes were added to the front and rear for better braking.

Physical Measures & Capacities
Weight: 560 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 3 ½ gal.

“Sparkling America” red, white, and blue.

Vintage 1971 license plate

Photos by Dick Carlson with Carlson Digital Photography

Published in Cover Bikes