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What do the Harley-Davidson model letter designations mean?

  The Basics: 

X=Sportster, F=Big Twin, FL=Big Twin with big forks, FX=Big Twin with Sportster-style (smaller) forks, FXST=Softtail, FXD=Dyna Glide. At times, different models have even shared the same letter-designation; witness the FLHTC Electra Glide Classic/Ultra Classic Electra Glide in 1993 models.

Designations

THE BASICS FROM THE PAST
E the basic version of the big twin
EL the E with more power
F basic, enlarget from 61 to 74 big twin
FL the F with more power
FLH still more power built as pan shovel and evo
K sidevalve middleweight circa '52
KK tuned version of K
KH the K stroked from 45 to 54
KHK tuned version of the KH
XL basic sportster
XLC stripped Calif. model
XLH higher performance XL '58
XLCH high performance XL (w/ kicker)
FX original Super Glide form F and X parts
FXE original Super Glide form F and X parts
with electric start

SPORTSTERS
XLR hot stripped XL
XR-750 iron and alloy 750 racing only
XLCR road race style XLH
XR-1000 alloy XR top end and dual carbs on the XLH cases
XLT XLH with larger tank
XLX stripped XLH
XLS fancy XLH
XLH most current Sporty 883 and 1200
XL '96 1200C (Custom) and 1200S (sport) Sportsters

LOW RIDERS
FXS the original Low Rider
FXEF the first Fat Bob F=Fat
FXWG FL forks w/o covers and 21" front wheel aka Wide Glide
FXB original sturgis B=belt drive
FXR Super Glide II original rubber mount
FXRP P=police equip.
FXRS FXR with cast wheels, extra trim aka Low Glide
FXSB Low Rider with belts
FXRDG FXRS with solid disk rear wheel
FXRT R=Rubber mount T=touring aka Sport Glide
FXRC Low Glide Custom w/ wire wheels
FXRT/P FXRT P=police equip.
FXRD FXRT w/ trunk aka Grand Touring
FXRS-SP Low Rider Sport edition
FXRS-CONV Low Rider w/ detachable windshield and bags
FXDB Dyna Glide, latest chassis ('91 Sturgis) two-point engine mounting
FXDC FXDB with goodies C=Custom (NO 21" front wheel)
FXD Dyna Super Glide
FXDS-CONV Dyna Glide w/ detachable windshield and bags
FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide
FXDL Dyna Low Rider

SOFTAILS
FXST original Softail
FXSTC Softail Custom
FXSTS Springer Softail
FXSTSB Springer Softail Badboy
FLST Softail with 16" front wheel
FLSTC Heritage Softail
FLSTF Fatboy
FLSTN Fatboy/Heritage with different extras(N for Nostalgia)

ELECTRA GLIDES
FLT Tour Glide, has frame-mounted fairing
FLTC FLT with extras (C for Classic)
FLTC U FLT with even more extras (U for Ultra)
FLTC U I FLTC U with fuel injection (I for Injection)

FLHT Electra Glide, has fork-mounted fairing
FLHS FLT with windshield and less extras   S = Sport
FLHTC FLHT with extras (C for Classic)
FLHTC U FLHT with even more extras (U for Ultra)
FLHTC U I FLTC U with fuel injection (I for Injection)
FLHR Road King, factory customized FLHT

 

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