There are a lot of motives to personal a Harley Davidson motor cycle, these could consist of: possessing a mid life crisis, they are cool, they are a high-quality and reliable motor cycle, they are enjoyable to ride, they retain their worth a lot more than other motor cycles, spare components are obtaining even a lot easier to find (thanks to the net), you could raise your recognition with your peers and could have your social life enhanced as you could get to meet other Harley enthusiasts at a Harley club as is identified all through the USA and abroad.

So let’s appear at the American Motorcycle legend that is the Harley. Exactly where did Harley Davidson come from? Harley Davidson began in 1903 in Milwaukee, USA by Bill Harley and Arthur Walter collectively constructed a 1 cylinder motor cycle that ran on gasoline and was initially constructed as a racing cycle.

This new motor cycle has been described as getting reputable and its look was new but well-liked. It was constructed in a wooden barn that Arthur’s Dad had constructed. The motorcycles recognition became apparent in their sales figures as they went from a modest 1 sale in 1903 to a pleasing 11 in 1905, to an impressive 154 in 1908, which saw the launch of their business.

The business grew rapidly so they moved into a custom constructed stone factory to home their 20 staff. The Harley Davidson logo as we know it as nowadays as the bar and shield began in 1910. In 1912 with escalating sales of their motorcycles through an estimated 200 dealerships all through the USA, saw the commencement of building of a new six storey factory and the beginnings of their export sector with an initial sale to Japan.

The Initial Planet War was very good for the Harley Davidson small business as they developed about 15,000 motor cycles for the war work which saw Harley Davidson dealerships attain two,000 in 1917 and the motorcycle factory was reported to be the biggest in the globe.

In 1917, 1-third of all Harley Davidson’s have been sent overseas to the U.S. Military to fulfill their patriotic get in touch with and to help in the war work. The following year, roughly half of the motorcycles developed have been sold to the U.S. military. In the finish, about 20,000 motorcycles have been utilized in the war, most of them Harley’s.

By 1918 Harley Davidson was the greatest motorcycle factory in the globe with practically two,000 dealerships worldwide. This infrastructure and the motorcycles recognition had the business in a very good position to survive the launch of the T model Ford whose new production line saw car or truck rates fall and even the Fantastic Depression.

1928 saw some impressive modifications to the Harley’s specifications namely its major speed now exceeded 85 mph thanks to the addition of a twin cam engine and front wheel brakes. The 1930’s saw the launch of the greatest Harley Davidson with a enormous 1340 CC engine and the Knucklehead which ultimately outsold its greatest rival cycle the Indian.

War was when once again very good for the Harley Davidson small business with the business suspending the production of its civilian models in preference for these destined to serve in the Second Planet War. 1947 saw the launch of Harley Davidson’s most well-liked model the Panhead. Two years latter hydraulic front brakes have been added to the Hydra Glide Harley models. The forty’s have been a tough period for Harley as Triumph’s market place share was 40%.

1957 Harley launched its Sportster model and it was really well-liked as it was at that stage the quickest model they had released. 1969 saw a merger with the business referred to as American Machine & Foundry (AMF). This was a tough time for the business as the merger saw the high-quality of their motorcycles endure resulting in the Super Glide and 1970 SLCR Café Racer’s reputation suffered. Harley responded to its unfavorable reputation by shopping for out its partners in 1981 and in 1984 launched its new Evolution motor and in 1971 launched the Cruiser model.

1980 saw the launch of the FLT model and in 1983 the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) was born. This club the greatest factory sponsored motorcycle club in the globe and by the year 2000 club membership was more than the 50,000 mark. Then in 1984 the now legendary Soft Tail model was launched. In 1987 Harley Davidson was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The 1990’s saw Haley Davidson launch its new Fat Boy style and the building of a new state of the art paint facility. 2001 fuel injection became obtainable on the Soft Tail model. For the duration of the early 2000’s Harley’s market place share improved to 62% so as this figure would indicate it was then and continues to be a really well-liked brand of American Motorcycle. So if you do not currently personal a Harley at least you now know some of the story behind the legend.