1949 enthusiast magazine

1949 enthusiast magazine

1949 . A year of many choices at the Harley dealer. Harley Davidson offered more models in 1949 than any other year of panhead production. fifteen big twin models.1949 also saw seven one year only models, more than any other year. all one year only models equipped with springer forks.1949 would be the last year springer forks would be available on new models.


1949 speedometer

1948-1952 speedo

1948-1952 speedo

1949 gas tank emblems

1947-1950 emblems

1947-1950 emblems

Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1949 Panhead

How to restore your Harley-Davidson by Bruce Palmer 111

Riding vintage website

the Jocky Journal web forum

hydra-glide.comThe panhead and flathead site

The Harley Davidson Panhead service manual 48-57 rigid

[table caption=”1949 models” width=”1000″ colwidth=”100|50|50″ colalign=”left|left|center|left|right”]
model,engine type,actual displacement,compression,factory options,
E hydra-glide solo,61 c.i. low compression,60.32 c.i.,6.5:1,__,
EL hydra-glide sport solo,61 c.i.high compression,60.32 c.i.,7.0:1,__,

EP sidecar twin,61 c.i. low compression,60.32 c.i.,6.5:1,p=springer forks,
ES hydra-glide twin sidecar,61 c.i. low compression,60.32 c.i.,6.5:1,S = sidecar gearing,

ELP sport solo springer,61 c.i.high compression,60.32 c.i.,7.0:1,p=springer forks,

ELS hydra-glide sport solo sidecar ,61 c.i.high compression,60.32 c.i.,7.0:1,S = sidecar gearing,

EPS sidecar twin springer ,61 c.i. low compression,60.32 c.i.,6.5:1,p=springer forks,S = sidecar gearing,

ELPS sport solo springer sidecar,61 c.i.high compression,60.32 c.i.,7.0:1,p=springer forks,S = sidecar gearing,
F hydra-glide solo,74 c.i. low compression,73.66 c.i.,6.6:1,__,
FL hydra-glide sport solo,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.0:1,__,

FP sidecar twin springer,74 c.i. low compression,73.66 c.i.,6.6:1,p=springer forks,
FS hydra-glide twin sidecar,74 c.i. low compression,73.66c.i.,6.6:1,S = sidecar gearing,

FLP sport solo springer,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.0:1,p=springer forks,


FLS,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.0:1,S = sidecar gearing,

FLPS,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.0:1,p=springer forks,S = sidecar gearing,

NOTE: the ” S denoting sidecar gearing will not be stamped in serial number.


[table caption=”1949 models available colors” width=”1000″ colwidth=”25|25|25″
white,_____,bluish gray center. cream white mph numbers. red indicator,

metallic congo green,_____,_____,

peacock blue,_____,_____,