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Con­fused by Har­ley-David­son’s use of let­ters and num­bers in their model des­ig­na­tions? Be con­fused no more. The names kick off with the en­gine, so an F is a Big V-twin, X is a Sports or Spe­cial Con­struc­tion en­gine and V a Rev­o­lu­tion mo­tor. The XL used on Sport­sters stands for Ex­per­i­men­tal Light­weight and is then fol­lowed by a se­ries of num­bers, which in­di­cate ca­pac­ity in cc, ei­ther 883cc or 1200cc. The next let­ter in­di­cates the fork di­am­e­ter (L for large, X for small).the last let­ter is the frame style so H or T is for High­way/ Tour­ing, ST for Sof­tail and D is for Dyna. Got it? Good, so an FLHX is a big twin, with big forks and a tour­ing frame or also known as a Street Glide. There’s also the XG en­gine, which is the rev­o­lu­tion en­gine fit­ted to the new Street 750 and Street Rod bikes. Sim­ple, right?

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