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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Because Breaking Down With Your Riding Buddies Can Be Fun Too! | MEGAPHONEMotorcyclist, August 29th
No one was surprised it was the vintage Harley-Davidson Pan/Shovel mashup, another SCH/TT veteran that broke owner Scott Johnson's leg last year when it suffered a freak front-tire blowout. Scott couldn't make this year's ride so Ronny Z., who recently ...Read more
Wall Street Jitters? Invest In Precious Metals – Classic Harley & Indian ...American Iron Magazine, August 26th
Wall Street and Dow Jones Industrial Average got you worried? How about buying a classic Harley or vintage motorcycle? This 1930s Harley VL & sidecar were recently pulled out of a basement after 10 years. This 1930s Harley VL & sidecar were recently ...Read more
Motorcycle fundraiser helps Pottstown-area animal rescue groupReading Eagle, August 22nd
About 20 motorcycle riders participated Saturday in "Miles for Muttz," a fundraiser for Mostly Muttz Rescue, an animal rescue program run by volunteers in the Pottstown area. The ride began at 1 p.m. at Classic Harley-Davidson in Bern Township and went...Read more
Evel Knievel's 'Big Red' Mack gets red-carpet treatment at Hollywood premiere ...Overdrive Magazine, August 21st
and trucking aficionado Robb Mariani brought the old rig to the light of day via his TV show, a story told here in Overdrive. McKay bought the rig and eventually enlisted Mike Patterson, a renown restorer of vintage Harley-Davidsons, to rebuild the...Read more
Danger dodges death, clears 22 carsRapid City Journal, August 6th
He knew Knievel never made it, and the only other daredevil to attempt the feat on the vintage Harley had ended up in a coma for weeks. In light of the poor first speed run, Danger did the only thing he could do: He extended the distance leading up to...Read more
Death-defying Doug DangerRapid City Journal, August 5th
Others familiar with the planned jump are not sure the jump is doable on a vintage Harley with a stock suspension. "Doug's trying to realize his dream of besting Evel on Evel's own bike. Let's all just hope `death defying,' doesn't mean he dies trying...Read more
Sturgis bikers flock to Pierre Harley-Davidson dealerThe Capital Journal, August 3rd
Dozens of bikers who each might become one in a million stopped off in Pierre Monday at Petersen Motors Harley-Davidson, coming from and going to the iconic 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. “I started out Saturday morning, 3 o'clock,” said Tom Cole, from ...Read more
Marlon Brando's vintage Harley Davidson set for auctionUSA TODAY, June 9th
Interested in riding like the original Wild One? One of Marlon Brando's personal motorcycles will be up for auction at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 27. "We estimated $200,000 - $400,000 for the motorcycle, but it really could go...Read more