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Harley-Davidson letter designation and a list Harley model names.

Names and Designations for Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles.

The model names shown here are registered trademarks of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

DYNA Glide

FX: Superglide, Kick start

FXB: Sturgis Belt (80,81&82)

FXD: Dyna Super Glide

FXDB: Street Bob (Sturgis 1991)

FXDC: Dyna Super Glide Custom

FXDG: Dyna Glide/Sturgis

FXDL: Dyna Low Rider

FXDS-CON: Dyna Convertible

FXDWG: Dyna Wide Glide

FXDX: Dyna Super Glide Sport

FXDXT: Super Glide T-Sport

FXE: Superglide Electric Start

FXDF: Fatbob

FXLR: FX Lower Rider/Evolution

FXR: Rubber Mount Super Glide

FXRDG - Disc Glide

FXRP - Police or pursuit - Defender


FXRS-CON: FXR Sport Convertible

FXRS-SP: Low Rider Sport Edition

FXRT: FXR Touring

FXS: Low Rider/Shovelhead

FXSB: Low Rider Belt



FXCW: Rocker

FXCWC : Rocker C

FXST: Softail Standard

FXSTB: Night Train

FXSTBI: Night Train EFI

FXSTC: Softail Custom

FXSTD: Softail Deuce

FXSTS: Springer Softail

FXWG: Wide Glide

FLST: Heritage Softail

FLSTC: Heritage Classic

FLSTF: Fat Boy

FLSTFI: 15th anniversary Fat Boy

FLSTN: Nostalgia and 2005 Softail Deluxe

FLSTS: Heritage Springer

FLSTSB: Cross Bones

FLSTSC: Springer Softail Classic



FL: 4-Speed Dresser

FLH: 4-Speed Electra Glide

FLHX: Street Glide

FLHRS: Road King Custom

FLHPI: Road King police model

FLHR: Road King

FLHRCI: Road King Classic

FLHS: Electra Glide Sport

FLHT: Electra Glide Standard

FLHTC: Electra Glide Classic

FLHTK: Limited

FLHTCSE: Screamin Eagle Electra Glide

FLHTPI: Electra glide police model

FLHTCUI: Ultra Classic Electra Glide

FLHTCUSE: Screamin Eagle Ultra Classic

FLHXXX: Street Glide Trike

FLT: Rubber Mount Dresser

FLTC: Rubber Mount Dresser Classic

FLTCU: Rubber Mount Dresser Classic Ultra

FLHTCUTG:  Tri Glide

FLTR: Road Glide

FLTRI: Road Glide EFI

FLTRX: Road Glide Custom

FLTRSEI: Screamin Eagle Road Glide 



VRSC: (V-TWIN Racing Street Custom)

VRSC: CVO: 1250cc adds 14 percent more displacement and only 9 pounds than the standard VRSCA: 1st model of the V-ROD family.

VRSCB: Same as VRSCA except: Adjustable tubular handlebars, minimalist instrumentation, black painted frame, calipers, hand controls, shock springs and engine highlights.

VRSCF: Muscle

VRSCD: Night Rod

VRSCDX: Night Rod Special

VRSCR: Roadster-inspired street rod.


XL: Sportster 883

XL883: Sportster Hugger

XL883C: Sportster 883 Custom

XL 883L: Sportster (specifically designed  to fit smaller riders)

XL883R: Dirt track-inspired

XL1100: Sportster 1100

XL1200: Sportster 1200

XL1200C: Sportster 1200 Custom

XL1200R: 1200 Roadster

XL1200S: Sportster 1200 Sport

XLCH: 4-Speed Sportster, Kick start

XLCR: Cafe Racer 1000

XLH: Sportster 883

XLH883: Sportster 883 Hugger

XLH883R: Sportster 883R

XLH1200: 1200

XLH1200S: Sport

XLS: 4-Speed Sportster Roadster

XLX: 4-Speed 1000cc Ironhead

XR1000: XLH with XLR Heads (XR750 heads - completely different)


X - Sportsters. These descend from the K series, 1952-56

XL- Series started in 1957. They are "unit construction" (engine & transmission share a common case).

L - High compression (7.5:1 in 1957).

H - Starting in 1958 came the XLH, meaning Higher-power or High-compression (9:1) or Hot .

C - Also in 1958 was the XLCH. The C was intended to mean "Competition".

CR- Cafe racer style, with bikini fairing.

LT- Touring, with bigger tank, thicker seat, and hard bags.




The first letter of the model designator reveals the engine series:


First character:

G - Servicar three wheeler, 1937 to 1972

E - Overhead valve 61 cubic inch "big twin" (Engine/trans separated)

F - Overhead valve 74,80 or 88 cubic inch "big twin"

FL - 80 to 88 cubic inches and a fat front tire. (Also 74" 1941-82)

K - Side valve 45 and 55 cubic inch sports bike that replaced the WL in

    1953 and was replaced by the Sportster in 1957. It had many design

    features that were carried over to the Sportster.

U - Side valve 74 or 80 cubic inch "big twin"

V - Side valve 74 cubic inch 1930-36. (Also 1935-36 VLH, VHS 80)

W - Side valve 45 cubic inch made 1937 to 1952

X - Sports and special construction. Applied to 1918-1922 opposed twin

    Sport, 1944 military opposed twin, and 1957 to present Sportster.


The second letter of the model designator reveals the Front end (except sportsters):


X - Narrow tire and sport forks.

L - Wide front tire and Hydra-Glide front forks.


The third letter of the model designator reveals the frame style:


D - "Dyna" frame (with the rubber mounted motor)

HT - "Highway Touring" frame

ST - "Softail" frame



The next letter(s) indicates the model bike within the frame family:


A - Military (Army) version (except GA, Servicar without tow bar)

B - Battery start (early models), Belt drive (early 80's) Black paint.(1995-6 model, the Bad Boy)

C - Classic, Competition, Custom, various others meanings.

D - Dyna, the newest frame and engine mount design.

DG - Disc Glide

E - Electric start

F - Foot shift (when the standard was hand-shift) and now "Fat Boy®"

H - varied between High performance, hand shift and Heavy duty.

I - Signifies Fuel Injection.

L - Big fat front tire

LR- Low Rider (though many Low Riders don't include LR in the model ID)

N - Nostalgia

P - Police version

R - Rubber mounted engine (some models) racing version (other models)

ST- Soft Tail

S - Springer

S - (without following T) Sports version

T - Touring

WG - Wide Glide

X -  Sportster or sportster-type front end and narrow front t

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