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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Keeping up with Jones' ex-motorcycleDubuque Telegraph Herald, May 16th
Jones' Electra Glide Classic Harley became the second motorcycle added to Taylor's vintage-vehicle collection, which also includes a Shelby Mustang, a vintage 1978 Lincoln Continental and a DeLorean. With Jones' passing April 26, Taylor decided the...Read more
Taking chances on the Wall of DeathNew Zealand Herald, May 15th
These are apparently something to see, rekindling memories of the old board racing era by including vintage Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles from that time. NZ legend began on dad's homemade track. In his day Ronnie Moore now 80 and living in...Read more
Injustice: Gods Among Us Gets Teen Titans and Bad Girls DLC CostumesGameranx, May 7th
Meanwhile, the Bad Girls pack will include Classic Harley Quinn, Catwoman's Selina Kyle outfit from The Dark Knight Rises, and Wonder Woman #600. Both costume packs are priced at $2.99 and are not included as a part of the game's Injustice DLC Season...Read more
Harley Davidson funeral cortege brought Gainsborough to a standstillThis is Lincolnshire, May 2nd
Mr Rogers had never been able to afford a classic Harley of his own, but members from four neighbouring clubs turned out at 36 hours' notice to pay tribute to the family man. He even had a casket bedecked in photographs of Harley Davidsons when he was...Read more
Models to envy - Deccan HeraldDeccan Herald, April 28th
The collection boasts of vintage 'Harley Davidson' bikes and 'Indian Motorcycles' from the 1920s and the 'Vespa' scooters of 1945 and 1950s. The 'Ducati' motorcycles, which include sports bikes and the Motogp collection, especially the 'Valentino Rossi...Read more
Nature on view at Placerita - The SignalSanta Clarita Valley Signal, April 28th
With his backward turned baseball hat, he often has to teach the kids about the vintage Harley-Davison motorcycle he rides to the nature center as well as the "Oak of the Golden Dream." Fascinated to learn that Francisco Lopez first found gold at the...Read more
Military Memorabilia Auction Saturday In DundeeMonroe Evening News, April 26th
Among those interested were Rod Manley of Carleton and his pal, Noah Yelley of Wyandotte, both Harley enthusiasts who came looking for some vintage Harley parts when the 1942 Army Harley with a sidecar caught their eyes. The two took turns picking out...Read more
So You Think You Want to Invest In…Wall Street Journal, April 25th
A vintage Harley. An 18-carat Patek Philippe watch. A guitar once owned by the legendary Les Paul. Now diversifying a portfolio. With stocks and bonds prone to big swings lately, many investors are devoting a corner of their portfolio to art, antiques...Read more