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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Motorcycles roar through BettendorfQuad City Times, August 19th
Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts rolled into Bettendorf Tuesday hoping to see some of the most exotic bikes in the world at the second annual Geico Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour. Sporting vintage Harley Davidsons and new-age designer racing bikes, riders ...Read more
2014 Pebble Beach: Motorcycles sell at Monterey, tooLos Angeles Times, August 15th
At this year's ongoing Pebble Beach-area auto extravaganza, a series of highly collectible motorcycles were sold at record prices, while another group of highly prized machines took honors at motorcycle beauty pageants. Vintage Harley-Davidsons...Read more
Road Glide gets tech treatmentOCRegister, August 14th
Even the rear light assembly has been streamlined for the new Road Glide, combining the brake lights, turn signals and tail lights into a single unit mounted to a chrome rail. The Road Glide is classic Harley in its fit and finish. My test bike was...Read more
Classic motorcycles, cars highlight annual downtown eventSpringfield News Sun, August 12th
Expect classic Harley-Davidsons from 1964, 1965, 1967, 1976 and 1982 in addition to numerous classic cars. While that's a major draw, Jennifer Cubbage of event sponsor Mid-Ohio Harley-Davidson said it's about the city as much as the classic vehicles...Read more
Ride remembers fallen Reading police officerWFMZ Allentown, August 11th
Riders took to the streets Sunday to remember a Reading police officer who died in the line of duty eight years ago. 69 News was in Bern Township for the start of the memorial ride for Officer Scott Wertz, which began at Classic Harley Davidson...Read more
More than 150 take part in ninth annual Officer Scott Wertz Memorial RideReading Eagle, August 10th
More than 150 people came out Sunday to celebrate the life of Reading Police Officer Scott A. Wertz, eight years after his death. The ninth Annual Officer Scott Wertz Memorial Ride started at Classic Harley-Davidson in Bern Township and wound through ...Read more
Aberdeen woman races 1923 Harley in SturgisAberdeenNews.com, August 9th
Olsen's vintage Harley looks just like a bicycle, but with a motor in the middle between the wheels. The motorcycle may be small, but it can reach speeds in excess of 70 mph. And there's no brake, clutch or transmission. “When we get started, they push...Read more
Vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian meeting on flat trackRapid City Journal, August 4th
2014-08-04T23:45:00Z Vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian meeting on flat trackAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal. August 04, 2014 11:45 pm • Andrea J. Cook Journal staff · (0) Comments. For vintage motorcycle enthusiasts, history comes ...Read more