William Harley and Arthur Davidson built their first motorcycle in 1903 in a small wood shed. Soon they had a dealer in Chicago, and within four years, they had eighteen full-time employees. Harley-Davidson soon entered the racing circuit, winning so many races that their racing department became known as 'the wrecking crew.'
The company introduced its famous F-Twin workhorse model (known as 'the Silent Gray Fellow') in 1916, just in time for World War I. Many Harleys were shipped overseas during the war, and the company flourished afterward, soon becoming the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world.
In 1936, the company released the 'Knucklehead,' which, along with the 'V-Twin,' carried Harley into the 1940s. In World War II, Harley again provided bikes to the military, stopping commercial production almost completely.
The 1950s saw a British motorcycle invasion. Harley-Davidson struggled, but was saved by the release of its 'Sportster' model in 1957. Facing stiff Japanese competition in the 1960s, Harley went through some lean years before rebounding with its popular 'Softail' design.
Harley's 'Fat Boy,' introduced in the early 1990s, remains one of the best-selling bikes. Harley-Davidson riders are dedicated to their brand, and vintage Harleys can go for astronomical prices.
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Action Cult Classic 'Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man' To Hit Blu-ray On ...Icon Vs. Icon, March 19th
This spring, rev up your engines and get ready to relive the explosive action, daring stunts and high-octane thrills when the 1991 action smash hit HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN arrives for the first time on Blu-ray on May 19, 2015 from ...Read more
Finnish Watchmaker Finds Inspiration in His Native LandNew York Times, March 18th
HELSINKI, Finland — Stepan Sarpaneva made a bold move in the watchmaking world when he left Switzerland and sold his vintage Harley-Davidson to start an atelier in his native country, Finland. More than 10 years later, from the Swiss capital, Bern, ...Read more
The Retro Electric Moped That's Taking Over EuropeWired, March 13th
It's has those classic Harley and Indian motorcycle lines, but it's extremely minimalist. Look down, and all you see is a speedometer and two buttons—one for the light, one for the horn. Even the electric plug is concealed beneath the fuel tank.” That...Read more
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Glenn Baranko, 41, president and CEO of Baranko Bros. Inc., stands in his company's equipment yard north of Dickinson on Wednesday. He continues to oversee the dirt-moving company started in 1967 by his dad, Emil Baranko and his Uncle Ernie Baranko, ...Read more
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Maybe it was the vintage Harley-Davidson T-shirt I was wearing but he seemed insistent upon getting his hands on my chestular region. And, I mean, c'mon, look at him. His hands pretty much have carte blanche on my entire body. I do declare! Thanks to...Read more
VINTAGE HARLEY-DAVIDSONS FOUND! Cannonball Run bikes may have ...Cycleworld, September 24th
Good news: All four of the vintage Harley-Davidsons stolen two nights ago during the last stop of the 2014 Cannonball Run have been recovered. Buck Carson, from Team Carson Classic Motors, reports that some spare parts and engines are gone, plus ...Read more
Vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian meeting on flat trackRapid City Journal, August 4th
Brittney Olsen of Aberdeen takes to the road on a vintage motorcycle. Olsen will challenge Jim Wall and his 1928 Indian on her 1923 Harley-Davidson J Model board track racer during the Pappy Hoel Half Mile Classic Tuesday and Wednesday at the Sturgis ...Read more
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In 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson went to war. The company ceased civilian motorcycle production and built nearly 90,000 two-wheel combat vehicles with high-compression engines and leather ...Read more