Your Bike's Model Code

One of the most confusing things to a Harley-Davidson rider is the abbreviations the company uses to identify their bikes.  Many of the parts on our store are sold by the HD abbreviation, which you may or may not know for your bike. The table below will match your bike to the HD abbreviation.  If you have any questions or need clarification, please callus at 717-633-9151.

Touring Models

Starting at the top, the Touring models are the largest model bike Harley offers.Considered the modern day Granddaddy of the Harley Family, Touring Models generally feature saddlebags, larger storing capacity, as well as extra room to accommodate those long road trips. They are also great for riders who plan to travel two-up (with a passenger) with regularity and need a bit of extra room for their passenger. This family includes the Road King, Electra Glide and the Street Glide, etc.

Touring Model Letters
Model Name
FLHR Road King
FLHRCI Road King Classic
FLHRSI Road King Custom
FLHS Electra Glide Sport
FLHT Electra Glide Standard
FLHTC Electra Glide Classic
FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide
FLHTCUL Ultra Classic Electra Glide Low
FLHX Street Glide
FLHXSE CVO Street Glide
FLHTCUSE CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide
FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited
FLHTKL Electra Glide Ultra Limited Low
FLHX Street Glide
FLHXS Street Glide Special
FLHXXX Street Glide Trike
FLTC Rubber Mounted Dresser Classic
FLTCU Rubber Mounted Dresser Classic Ultra
FLTR Road Glide
FLTRSE CVO Screamin' Eagle Road Glide
FLTRX Road Glide Custom
FLTRXS Road Glide Special


Softail Models

Next in line, the Softail Models. Harley's Softail lineup offers the traditional hard-tail look with the benefits of a more forgiving, yet hidden suspension system. For riders who prioritize comfort or who simply need a bike that will have more 'give' over bumps in the road, the Softail is an excellent choice. This is also a great choice for riders who like to ride solo or two-up.

Softail Model Letters
Model Name
FLST Softail
FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic
FLSTN Softail Deluxe
FLSTSC Springer Softail Classic
FLSTSE CVO Softail Convertible
FLSTSB Cross Bones
FXSTB Night Train
FXSTC Softail Custom
FXSTD Softail Deuce
FXSTS Springer Softail
FXSTSSE CVO Softail Springer Screamin' Eagle
FXCW Softail Rocker
FXCWC Softail Rocker Custom
FXS Softail Blackline
FXSB Softail Breakout
FXSBSE Softail CVO Breakout


2018-Up Softail Models

For 2018 Harley-Davidson introduced the brand-new Softail platform. Based on a Mono-shock design, the new Softail is Harley's new platform.

2018-Up Softail Model Letters
Model Name
FXBR Breakout
FLDE Deluxe
FXFB Fat Bob
FLFB Fat Boy
FXBB Street Bob
FLSB Sport Glide
FLHC Heritage Classic
FXLR Low Rider


Dyna/FX Models

The Dyna Model was first introduced in the early 1990's and offers a big-twin engine with trademark Harley style. While the suspension is hidden on the Softail models, the Dyna is easily distinguished by its traditional exposed coil suspension. Compared to the Sportster Models, the Dyna is distinguishable by virtue of its larger engine and (in some cases) slightly larger gas tanks.

Dyna/FX Model Letters  Model Name
FXDB Dyna Street Bob
FXDC Dyna Super Glide Custom
FXD Dyna Superglide
FXDL Dyna Low Rider
FXDF Dyna Fat Bob
FXDS-CON Dyna Convertible
FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide
FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport
FLD Dyna Switchback
FXR Superglide II
FXRS Low Glide
FXRS FXR Sport Convertible
FXRT Sport Glide
FXRP Police/Defender
FXS Low Rider


Sportster Models

The Harley Sportster Models are a smaller size bike in the Harley family and offer great versatility for either solo or two-up riding. Sportsters are offered with two motor size options - either 883cc or 1200cc.

Sportster Model Letters Model Name
XL Sportster
XLH883 Sportster Hugger
XL883 Sportster 883
XL883C Sportster 883 Custom
XL883L Sportster 883 Low
XL883N Sportster 883 Iron
XL1200 Sportster 1200
XL1200C Sportster 1200 Custom
XL1200L Sportster 1200 Low
XL1200N Sportster 1200 Nightster
XL1200R Sportster 1200 Roadster
XL1200S Sportster 1200 Sport
XL1200V Sportster Seventy-Two
XL50 Sportster 50th Anniversary Ed.


V-Rod Models

Perhaps the most unique model in Harley's lineup, the V-Rod's feature a distinct engine that was developed jointly with Porsche. The V-Rod Models are power packed with a Revolution Engine that utilizes overhead cams and liquid cooling.

V-Rod Model Letters
Model Name
VRSCAW V-Rod (240mm rear tire)
VRSCB V-Rod Black Finish
VRSCD Night Rod
VRSCDX Night Rod Special
VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
VRSCR Street Rod


Other Models

Harley rounds out their lineup with trikes and their new Street Bike series as they continue to expand into new markets - offering a bike or trike for just about anyone on the road.

Other Model Letters Model Name
XG500 Street XG500
XG750 Street XG750
FLRT Freewheeler Trike
FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic
FLHXXX Street Glide Trike


General Rules

As a general rule when it comes to Harley abbreviations the following three standards apply:

1st Letter: This signifies the engine series.

G = Servicar three wheeler, 1937 to 1972
E = Overhead valve 61 cubic inch "big twin" (Engine and trans separated)

F = Overhead valve "Big Twin"

K = Side valve 45 and 55 cubic inch sports bike that replaced the WL in 1953 and was replaced by the Sportster® in 1957.

U = Side valve "big twin"

V - Side valve 74 cubic inch 1930-36

W - Side valve 45 cubic inch made 1937 to 1952
X = Sports and Special Construction
V = Revolution Motor

2nd Letter: Identifies the front end size
*This excludes the Sportster & V-Rod Models

L = Wide front tire and Hydra-Glide style front forks
X = Narrow Tire and Sport Forks

3rd Letter: Designates the frame style.
*This is where you can differentiate between a Touring, Softail, or Dyna Model

H/T = Highway/Touring Frame
ST = Softail Frame
D = Dyna Frame

Any additional letter indicates features that may accompany that particular bike family. This is usually where the confusion occurs since Harley tends to use the same letter to designate different features of a bike.