Harley Davidson History

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1901 — In William Harley, 21, and Arthur 20, began experiments on taking the out of bicycling. They were joined by Arthur’s brothers, and William.

1902 — The prototype was a 10.2ci, (167cc), with 2.125 X 2.875 and … with a 5 flywheel. [It blow your hat off in a good plus the almost 25mph it attain.]

1903 — The Harley-Davidson was founded. Many were made to the engine before its builders were After the new looped frame was they were ready to production.

1903 — The Harley-Davidson motorcycle is manufactured: a 25 inch (410cc) atmospheric-inlet-valve Only 3 Harley-Davidson motorcycles made in 1903.

1904/1905 Production began in a shed the Davidson family home. The was a 30 cubic inch (494cc) which was later nicknamed: The Grey Fellow nickname with the new standard grey

1906 — Harley-Davidson its first building at the current Avenue site in 1906. are produced to advertise the new Silent Fellow.

1907 — incorporated in 1907. A prototype motorcycle was built. Although 150 motorcycles were made year, 1907 saw the first sold for police duty.

— The trademark 45 degree engine, introduced in 1909,

displaced 49.5 cu in and produced horsepower. Top speed: 60 mph. production was truly massive to previous years (almost 8 the 1907 production rate) at motorcycles.

1912 — clutch mechanism.

1913 The original 28′ x 80′ had grown to 297,110 square Harley-Davidson began to dominate events. 1913 production: motorcycles.

1914 — and internal expanding rear

1915 — Three transmission.

1916 — The issue of The Enthusiast publication.

— 1917 — — After Harley-Davidson had proven their military in border skirmishes with Villa, they were called to duty when the entered WWI. Some cycles would see duty the war’s end.

1920 Harley-Davidson became the largest manufacturer in the world, boasting in 67 countries. Harley-Davidson motorcycle was evolutionary rather than with side-valve machines inlet-over-exhaust designs in the late

1920 production: 28,189

1921 — In February on a Fresno, CA. board track, a became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average over 100 mph.

1922 74 Twin engine debuts.

— The debut of the teardrop gas

1928 — Front brakes were introduced improving the

safety and handling of Harley-Davidson’s

1929 — After the market crash of October Harley-Davidson sales suffered everyone else’s in the industry. year saw the introduction of the first 45 ci side-valve V-twins, the D series. used the same frame as the which was made possible by the generator perpendicular to the engine. Forty-fives

lacked the power of competition, the Indian Scout.

— The 45ci Servicar was introduced. Cost $450

— The depression hit Harley-Davidson hard. By 1933,

production in had dropped to 3,700 vehicles.

— Harley-Davidson wasted no building momentum out of the depression, its EL model, featuring the 61 ci (1000cc) valve engine, also as the Knucklehead. This engine, the 61 OHV in factory literature and called the in every day circles was a mid-season model. This, in the opinion of is the motorcycle that saved

At that time, for the first a major American motorcycle was building a big motorcycle with valves (this coming after the major engineering of the 1929 Forty-five and the 1930 Also introduced this was the 80ci side valve engine. Despite the specter of the Harley-Davidson produced almost motorcycles in 1936.

1937 — William A. dies.

1941 — immediately after the Japanese Pearl Harbor,

Harley-Davidson’s motorcycle output was produced for use.

By the end of World War II, 90,000 WLA motorcycles had been built and

1942 — Walter dies at age 65.

1943 — Harley dies at age 66.

1947 74 OHV Big Twin engine.

1948 Harley-Davidson introduced a new 74 cu in. engine hydraulic valve lifters and heads. The Panhead was born. production: 31,163 motorcycles.

— The Hydra-Glide debuts.

— Arthur Davidson at age 69.

1953 — Harley-Davidson its 50th anniversary while its and closest competitor, Indian, out of business, leaving Harley-Davidson as the survivor in a once overcrowded motorcycle marketplace. Harley-Davidson its line to include two-… and even a scooter. 1953 14,050 motorcycles.

1957 XLH Sportster debuts.

1958 The Duo Glide (based on the earlier model) was introduced, featuring a rear shock suspension to go the hydraulically dampened front Also in 1958, Carroll won the first of four consecutive AMA National Championships.

1959 XLCH Sportster.

1960 The Topper, a fiberglass motor was introduced. Harley-Davidson teams up Italian manufacturer Aeronautica S.P.A. to produce a line of bikes including the Shortster and models. Italian-built lightweights sold in America under the

Harley-Davidson name. The Topper a pull-cord starting mechanism like that of a lawn-mower.

— Willie G. Davidson Harley-Davidson as design director.

— George Roeder set a land speed record of mph for 250CC motorcycles on a modified Sprint. Bart Markel, a Harley, won the second of his three AMA National Championships. With the of an electric starter, the Duo Glide the Electra Glide in 1965, was also the last year of the engine.

Harley-Davidson became a company when it issued in 1965.

1966 — The of the shovel head engine. 36,310 motorcycles.

1967 Electric start Sportster.

— Merger with Machine and Foundry Company

1971 — FX 1200 Glide, considered the first factory custom. Joe Smith, a drag bike powered by a Harley-Davidson motor, was the first to the nine-second barrier in motorcycle racing.

1972 — cc XLH/XLCH Sportster. First brakes on a Harley.

1974/75 Chassis manufacturing and final operations moves to a plant in Pa. Engine and transmission operations in Milwaukee, along with the headquarters. 1975 production: motorcycles.

1976/78 — Continuing the tradition of racing dominance, Jay Springsteen won the AMA Grand National in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

— FXS 1200 Low Rider and

1978 — In 1978 sold the Italian operation old Aermacchi company) and the sales of motorcycles with the Harley-Davidson was halted.

1978 — Anniversary models debuts.

— FLH 80 Electra-Glide debuts.

— First electronic on a Harley.

1979 — FXS 80 Low debuts.

1980 — The 80 cu in FLT Glide, with five-speed

oil bath enclosed rear and a rubber-mounted engine (the to today’s Harley-Davidson touring was introduced.

1981 — executives at Harley-Davidson purchase the from AMF. Harley-Davidson again becomes a privately company. With improved and quality process, many of the old of the HD design were resolved.

A new was forming.

1983 — Reagan imposes additional on all Japanese motorcycles 700 cc or larger.

— The Harley Owners (H.O.G.) is established.

1984 The Introduction of the Evolution engine The first Softail models and Air Anti-Drive.

1986 — By offering stock and subordinated notes, once again becomes a owned corporation.

1987 In an unprecedented move, Harley-Davidson the ITC for early termination of the five tariff imposed in 1983.

— Patented Springer returns.

1989 — SC Chapter # 4813 is Chartered!

— Dyna model is

1991 — All Harleys to five speed transmission.

— All Harleys adopt a drive.

1993 — Anniversary homecoming.

1995 First fuel injection

1998 — Harley-Davidson’s anniversary homecoming.

1999 New Twin Cam 88 cu. in. motor introduced.

— New Twin Cam 88B with counterbalancers introduced. The Softail makes its debut. New stiffer frame introduced.

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