A History of Harley-Davidson

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Serial Number One dates to the 1903-04 era. Company founders built at least one prototype before it and, of course, production machines after it that differed both in the...

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In 1914, Harley-Davidson was only 11 years old as a Company, but had already proven the value of the motorcycle as a tool for working people. By this time,...

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One of the most unusual motorcycles ever produced by Harley-Davidson was the W, or Sport model. Produced between 1919 and 1923, the Sport model is still the object of...

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To understand how and why Harley-Davidson and the rest of the motorcycle industry got to where it is today, it is important to first understand the 1936 model EL....

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Recently, the Archives had the fortunate opportunity to purchase an all-original and extremely rare XS model with sidecar. There are two primary characteristics that make the XS model so...

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014

In the years following World War II, Harley-Davidson recognized the demand that lay ahead for economical and efficient motorcycles. In late 1947, production of civilian Big Twins had already...

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When we traced the origins of the Sportster motorcycle, we went back as far as the 1929 model WL, a 45 cubic inch middleweight. In 1952, the W models...

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With the 2000 model year, the Electra Glide line celebrates its 35th anniversary. The Electra Glide model is actually a continuation of a previous FL line that was manufactured...

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In Daytona in 1977, Harley-Davidson unveiled the FXS Low Rider® motorcycle.With its black paint engine treatments, highway footpegs and drag handlebars, the Low Rider motorcycle marked a major move...

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A name from founders William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson (whose brothers William and Walter joined the company later). But why is the Company called Harley-Davidson and not Davidson-Harley? This...

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