1965 is the first year of the Electra-Glide all models are electric start denoted by the letter  “B” eg FLHB.
many new features include 12 volt electrical system. New frame. New rectangular oil tank mounted on left side.
5 gallon gas tanks.Aluminum primary chain case. Automatic advance distributor. Heavier engine cases.

65 magazine ad
65 magazine ad


 Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1965 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 59-69

1965 models

modelengine typeactual displacementcompressionoptions
FLB electra-glide74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.7.25:1B=electric start
FLFB electra-glide footshift74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.7.25:1B=electric start
F=foot shift
FLHB electra-glide super sport74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.8.0:1B=electric start
FLHFB electra-glide super sport foot shift74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.8.0:1B=electric start
F=foot shift

NOTE: the ” F denoting “foot shift” will not be stamped in serial number.

NOTE: the ” B denoting “electric start” will not be stamped in serial number.

1965 models available colors

blackblack face large silver numbers tombstone shaped brushed aluminum center
holiday red
*hi-fi red
*hi-fi blue
birch white
police silver

standard paint is two tone with standard color tank top and birch white side panels.

*extra cost hi-fi red, hi-fi blue.

* standard solid color could be ordered at no extra charge.


1948 panhead black paint color

holiday red

hi-fi red

hi-fi blue

birch white

police silver

1948 panhead police silver paint color