Harley Davidson History
In 1901, the 21 year-old William S. Harley had created the blueprint of
an engine that was designed to fit in a conventional bicycle. Two years
later, William together with his friend Arthur Davidson started and
developed a one-cylinder engine that was installed on a conventional
bicycle during that time. However, this motorized-bicycle was proved to
be incapable of climbing through the Milwaukee hills without pedal
assistance. Harley and Davidson developed further their motor after that
Immediately, they have created a bigger engine (405 cc or 24.74 cubic
inches) that was become the very first and real Harley-Davidson
motorcycle. Meanwhile, the first Harley-Davidson factory was in a 10 x
15-foot wooden shed. The two friends were helped by Arthur’s older
After a year, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle entered its very first
motorcycle race at Milwaukee.
The first years came in so quickly for the company that after 3 years,
Harley-Davidson motorcycle production was transferred at Chestnut Street
(that was later become Juneau Avenue). This is still the Harley-Davidson
headquarters up to this time.
In 1907, William received a degree in mechanical engineering at
University of Wisconsin. This helped them to development of better
Harley-Davidson engines in the future. The same year also provided them a
much needed factory expansion for the growing motorcycle demands. The
year 1907 introduced the 45-degree V-Twin engine which has become the
sole Harley-Davidson engine for a very long time.
Over the years, the company has gained so much popularity that was
converted into sales output. During the First World War, Harley-Davidson
was commissioned to provide more than 20,000 units for military use. The
story of the Second World was the same for the company. They produced
thousand upon thousands of motorcycle.
Before the entry of the 70’s, AMF or the American Machinery and Foundry
bought Harley-Davidson. Policies had changed that resulted to labor
strike and substandard bikes. The popularity and reputation of the
company was severely damaged.
In the 80’s, it was sold to a group of investors headed by Willie G.
Davidson and Vaughn Beals. The provided innovations such as the
introduction of the "Sturgis". The costumers began to return and the
company had seen clearer promise.
Since then, the popularity of Harley-Davidson motorcycles was
unquestionable. They regained their leadership in motorcycle industry as
they create a unique line of motorcycles, different from the conventional
Japan made. Now, after more than a hundred years of existence, Harley-
Davidson motorcycles have become an attraction in every road around the
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