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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Tainan condemns 'wild bike party' at Golden CastleTaipei Times, September 29th
According to the bureau, the event was approved on the grounds that it was a charity event which feauturing the exhibition of vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles. The bureau said that while there was no reason to deny requests by civic organizations to...Read more
Hollywood at HomeCharlotte Observer, September 26th
In addition to the vintage Harley, the living room features a club chair made from an old Ferarri seat and a coffee table that is quite literally, a coffee table. Price took an old wooden pallet that used to transport coffee grinds, put legs on it and...Read more
Paint catapult suspect may face charges; late-night news roundupThe Oregonian - OregonLive.com, September 24th
Instead the car then crashed into another police cruiser. The driver then fled but was eventually arrested and booked into jail for investigation of eluding and auto theft. [Komonews]. A truck, trailer and five vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles that...Read more
VINTAGE HARLEY-DAVIDSONS FOUND!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
Stolen Cannonball Run Motorcycles RecoveredMotorcycleUSA.com, September 24th
Byron's sure to be hunched over a laptop after the checkers are flown, caught in his own little version of heaven. Whether on dirt, street or a combination of both, MotoUSA's newest addition knows the only thing better than actually riding is telling...Read more
Dream trip ends in agony when thieves steal vintage motorcyclesKVI-Radio, September 23rd
"To go thousands of miles was just an amazing journey, and to come here and be savored, then to get up and see (the motorcycles) are gone is devastating," said David Lloyd, whose vintage Harley Davidson bike was inside the trailer. "It's just killing...Read more
Artisan gear headsazcentral.com, September 22nd
Jeremiah Armenta loves vintage Harley-Davidsons. He calls his Grand Avenue shop Love Cycles. Customers from around the world call him to create the bikes of their dreams, such as a 1947 Knucklehead, or a 1960 Panhead, or perhaps a 1976 Shovelhead ...Read more
'Easy Rider's' 'Captain America' motorcycle headed to auctionLos Angeles Times, September 22nd
The auction house expects bidding for the red-white-and-blue-painted motorcycle to reach as much as $1.2 million. Multiple vintage Harley panheads were used in the filming of "Easy Rider" -- at least two to represent "Captain America," the bike ridden...Read more