Harley-Davidson motorcycles are known throughout the world and have been around for over a century. Harley-Davidson was founded in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by William S. Harley and Arthur and Walter Davidson. An American Icon, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles were purchased by the military to be used WW1 and WW2. At one point in 1969, Harley-Davidson was merged/acquired by AMF and was eventually sold back and has remained Harley-Davidson since.
Harley-Davidson has been making their 45 degree V Twin Air Cooled engines for more than a century. Some of the engines were the Twin Cam 103, Twin Cam 96, Evolution and Revolution. Over the years, they have introduced other types of engines that resulted in some of the “cool” model names.
There have been a lot of models produced by Harley-Davidson over the years with some very cool names. Models such as Flathead, Knucklehead, Panhead and Shovlehead are all named after the shape of the engine cylinder heads. And there are also Sportster, Bobber, Fatboy and Softail.
Harley-Davidson has not confined their motorcycle making to strictly street cruisers. They have produced many racing bikes and off road dirt bikes as well. Riders using Harley-Davidson have won prestigious oval track races, Flat Track and drag racing titles.
If you are lucky enough to own one of the older more collectible models of Harley-Davidson, congratulations. You own a piece of American history along with a prestigious motorcycle. While many other motorcycle companies, such as Indian, tried to compete with Harley-Davidson for the title of the best motorcycle cruiser, they have all paled in comparison. This is not meant to say that the other companies produced poor bikes, it is just that Harley has become interwoven into the fabric of what an American Cruiser motorcycle should be. Have fun with the wind in your face and be safe out there!
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Here are a few of the awesome Harley-Davidson motorcycles manufactured over the years.