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Old 04-06-2007, 04:30 PM
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Heh, maybe dumb question if I actually knew the correct answer....

What does the:
FL
FLST (ST is standard..but FL?? )
FX (X is forward controls???)
FLH (guess Hertiage.. but whats the FL... Frame Long?)
FXSTSSE (whats the second S in there for?? ST=standard.. the last SE is screaming eagle...) but whats that middle S..
etc..actually stand for.. bikes frame? Frame L.. Fat Looser.. noo ... uh duh..

I have an FLSTF (know the last letter is for Fatboy...) I know the SE part is Screaming Eagle on the CVO models
The X models seem to have forward controls... heh well if anyone knows... let me/us know thanks

I guess ST is Standard... HTC Hertiage Classic... but what about the others.. (I dont really need to know the letters that actually stand for a bikes name..) just the first letters is good.. FL.. FX..etc..

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Old 04-06-2007, 05:25 PM
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FL= models with floor boards
FLST= floorboard model soft tail
FX = semi ruber mount motor model, sport models include dyna low rider, wide glide,standard
FLH= electra glides rubber mount motors( ultra,classic,standard,streetglide,roadkigs.roadgl ides)
FXSTS= FX softail standard
FLHTC= electra glide classic
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Thanks, ok was way off in some parts...

confuseing.. but i get it...

FL= FLoorboards
ST= SofTail
FX = Rubber mounted Even the Softails? LOL Sure its not Forward controls?
FLH= ... FLoorboard H..

Ok forget it wtf ...
I give up.. just will remeber my bikes
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Old 04-06-2007, 05:52 PM
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Default RE: What do the FL/FX/FLST..FLH.. stand for

FL doesn't mean Floorboard (but I like that), here is a sheet from Harley that I keep at work, to give to customers when they ask the same question you did. But I also agree with you, for as long as I've been selling bikes.......it's still easier to just say the damn name

”F” stands for the Big Bike with the Big Engine, so you know that all models that begin with “F” have the big motors, 80 to 96 cubic inches
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· “L” stands for a big fat front tire;
· “X” stands for a “skinny” tire




“FL” would be a big motor and a fat front tire
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The next letter denotes the frame
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“D” indicates a “Dyna” frame (with the rubber mounted motor)
“ST” signifies a “Softail®” frame
“HT” is a “Highway Touring” frame
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So, an “FXD” would be a big engine Dyna frame with a skinny front tire.
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The next letter indicates the model bike within the frame family
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“F” would signify “FatBoy®”
“WG” is “Wide Glide®”
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· So, an “FLSTF” would be a big engine, fat front tire, soft tail, FatBoy®

· An “FXDWG” would be a big engine, skinny front tire, Dynma frame, Wide Glide® model

· An “FLHTCUI” is a big engine, fat front tire, highway touring, Ultra Classic® model with fuel injection (the “I” on the end signifies Fuel Injection).


And all the models that begin with an “X” are Sportster® Motorcycles
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:28 AM
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The FX originated from the marrying of the FL frame with 1200 cc motor with an XL front end from Sportster for the first factory custom build by HD. FL (glide) + XL (sportster) = FXand later with the electric start FXE. That was way back. I guess it stayed with the "other than glide" bikes up until now.
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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 :
G- Servicar three wheeler, 1932 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.
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 made prior to 1936
W- Side valve 45 cubic inch made 1934 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.
(FX originally meant "Factory Experimental" The first one was the Super Glide FX)

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 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, Softail®l
S- Springer
S- (without following T) Sports version
T- Touring
WG - Wide Glide
X- Sportster or sportster-type front end and Skinny front tire.


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http://www.factoryfat.com/hdbikemodels.html
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ORIGINAL: gunrunner

FL= models with floor boards
FLST= floorboard model soft tail
FX = semi ruber mount motor model, sport models include dyna low rider, wide glide,standard
FLH= electra glides rubber mount motors( ultra,classic,standard,streetglide,roadkigs.roadgl ides)
FXSTS= FX softail standard
FLHTC= electra glide classic
Not so...
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Here's another site to check out: http://mypage.iusb.edu/~bbryner/hrlypage.html

Remember that there is probably no one site that is completely accurate, and that even the "Official" HD historian screws things up.
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Where do you guys come up with some of this stuff, floorboards, compression??????? GuessI better get ahold of Harley and tell them that the info sheet they sent us is wrong[sm=icon_rofl.gif]
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