1950 sales brochure

1950. a big change in the 1950 big twin models available. The available models would be trimmed from the 1949 record of 15 down to 6 for 1950. Eliminating all springer front fork models and sidecar gearing models except the ES and FS.

Other changes include polished die cast fork tube sliders and an adjustable trail hydra-glide front end .



1950 speedometer


1948-1952 speedo

1948-1952 speedo


1950 gas tank emblems

1947-1950 emblems

1947-1950 emblems

Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1950 Panhead

How to restore your Harley-Davidson by Bruce Palmer 111

Riding vintage website

the Jocky Journal web forum

hydra-glide.com The panhead and flathead site

The Harley Davidson Panhead service manual 48-57 rigid

[table caption=”1950 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,__,

ES hydra-glide sidecar twin,61 c.i. low compression,60.32 c.i.,6.5:1,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,__,

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


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

[table caption=”1950 models available colors” width=”1000″ colwidth=”25|25|25″
_____,_____,bluish gray center. cream white mph numbers. red indicator,

riviera blue,_____,_____,

ruby red,_____,_____,

azure blue,_____,_____,


flight red,_____,_____,

metallicĀ green,_____,_____,