The 1988 Electra Glide Classic featured Harley-Davidson’s big V-twin engine.
The 1988 FLHTC Electra Glide Classic was built in commemoration of Harley-Davidson’s 85th anniversary — 1988 was the year Harley-Davidson narrowly avoided bankruptcy. Harley president Vaughn Beals rode a 1988 Classic motorcycle on a cross-country tour to celebrate the company’s solvency.
The 1988 Electra Glide Classic featured an air-cooled, overhead valve, 45-degree V-twin four-stroke engine. The 1337 cc (81.59 cubic-inch), four-valve motor had a compression ratio of 8.5:1. It had an undersquare bore of 3.5 inches with a long stroke of 4.25 inches. The transverse-mounted motor was dry-sump lubricated.
The 772-lb., belt-driven 1988 Electra Glide Classic had a steel double-cradle frame. It featured a cartridge-type front fork with a rear swingarm mono-shock. The front brake was a twin-disc type with a single-disc rear brake. The bike had a manual five-speed gearbox using a wet, multiple-disc, cable-operated clutch.
The 1988 Electra Glide Classic had a rating of 64.45 horsepower generated at 5,000 rpm. Its power to weight ratio was 7.38 pounds per horsepower. The bike’s top speed was 93.21 miles per hour. It would accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.