January 4, 2009
Hidden Harley – 1977 Harley Confederate Edition Motorcycle
1977 Harley Confederate Edition
When Harley-Davidson was owned by AMF they tried all sorts of gimmicks to sell Harley motorcycles. Among these techniques to build sales and demand for its motorcycles, Harley-Davidson tried all sorts of limited edition motorcycle models over the years. In 1976 they offered the Harley Liberty Editon motorcycles tieing in with America’s bicentennial celebrations.
For the most part The Motor Company proudly displays and promotes most of the limited edition Harley motorcycles in the Harley history books and at Harley’s museum in Milwaukee. But one group of limited edition Harleys is often left out – the Confederate Edition Harley Sportster, Confederate Edition Harley FX, and the Confederate Edition Harley Sportster. Seldom if ever mentioned in any Harley magazine, these are rare machines indeed.
Easy to create by applying some decals featuring the Stars and Bars flag on the gas tanks and fender, some consider these rare modes asl a last ditch attempt to sell motorcycles in the AMF Harley years. But regardless of the reasons behind this rare Harley, the production numbers were low – reported to be 44 Harley Confederate FLH motorcycless, 228 Harley Confederate Super Glide motorcycles, 299 Harley Confederate Sportster XLs, 45 Sportster XLCHs, and 15 Sportster XLTs.
What happened to this rare edition of Harley? Has Harley decided to ignore this part of its past histiry? Are they hidden away due to political correctness? Unconfirmed rumors continue to arise about Harley-Davidson Company management buying up all possible Confederate Edition Harleys and either modifying or destroying them.
On the other side of this issue, we hear there is a man in Virginia who is working on a National Registry of Harley Confederate dition motorcycles.