Harley Davidson

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Harley Davidson Motorcycles Harley Davidson motorcycles have been around since the early 1900’s, and are now one of the most popular brand of motorbikes in the United States today. This report will include: the History of HD, the Different models manufactured today, and the type of people that own and ride Harleys.

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The History of Harley Davidson

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The 1900’s William S. Harley, age 21, completes a blueprint drawing of an engine designed to fit into a bicycle. William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson make available to the public the first production Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The bike was built to be a racer, with a 3-1/8 inch bore and 3-1/2 inch stroke. The factory in which they worked was a 10 x 15-foot wooden shed with the words "Harley-Davidson Motor Company" crudely scrawled on the door. Arthur's brother Walter later joins their efforts.

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The 1910’s The famed "Bar & Shield" logo is used for the first time. It is trademarked at the U.S. Patent office one year later.

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The 1920’s By 1920, Harley-Davidson is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. New Harley-Davidson® motorcycles can be purchased from over 2,000 dealers in 67 countries worldwide.

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The 1930’s All of Harley-Davidson's remaining American competition is now gone except Indian (Hendee Manufacturing). Indian and Harley-Davidson are the only two American motorcycle manufacturers until 1953.

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The 1940’s America is plunged into World War II. Production of civilian motorcycles is almost entirely suspended in favor of military production. The Service School is converted back to the Quartermasters School for the training of military mechanics. The FL series premieres.

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The 1950’s The side-valve K model is introduced with an integrated engine & transmission to compete with smaller, sportier motorcycles coming mainly from Great Britain. The K will eventually evolve into the Sportster. Harley-Davidson celebrates its 50th Anniversary in style. An attractive logo is created, depicting a "V" in honor of the engine which had brought the Company so far, with a bar overlaid reading "Harley-Davidson" and the words, above and below, "50 years--American made." A medallion version of this logo is placed on the front fenders of the 1954 models.

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The 1960’s The Electra-Glide® replaces the Duo-Glide and is updated with electric starter. The Electra-Glide is the first FL available with electric start, and the Sportster® line would receive electric starters soon after. The first of the "Shovelhead" engines is introduced on the Electra-Glide models, replacing the Panhead.

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The 1970’s In response to the customizing craze, Harley-Davidson introduces the FX 1200 Super Glide®, which combined a sporty front end (similar to that of the XL series) with the frame and powertrain of the FL series. A new class of motorcycle, the cruiser, is born.

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The 1980’s One of Harley-Davidson's most unique endeavors begins: Harley Owners Group®. Fondly referred to as H.O.G.®, the Group immediately becomes the largest factory-sponsored motorcycle club in the world. Within six years, H.O.G. membership soars to more than 90,000. By the year 2000, it exceeds 500,000 members. Harley-Davidson unveils the 1340cc V²® Evolution® engine on five models including the all-new Softail®. The result of seven years of development, the Evolution engine produces more power at every speed, runs cooler, cleaner and is oil-tight. Also witnessed is the debut of the Softail design and its trend-setting method of "hiding" the motorcycle's rear shock absorbers. In another bold styling and engineering move, Harley-Davidson releases the Heritage Softail®.

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The 1990’s Upon its introduction, the FLSTF Fat Boy® almost instantaneously becomes a modern legend of motorcycle design. The Dyna line of motorcycles debuts with the 1991 FXDB Dyna Glide Sturgis®. The classically-styled FLHR Road King® is introduced. The Touring and Dyna motorcycle families receive the new Twin Cam 88® engine. (1999)

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The 2000’s The FXSTD Softail® Deuce™ is introduced to the immediate delight of riders and the motorcycle media. The 2000 model year Softail® models are outfitted with the Twin Cam 88B™ engine, a counter-balanced version of the Twin Cam 88. The FLHRSI Road King® Custom is introduced. With its low rear suspension and wide handlebars, the FLHRSI brings a beach look to a classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The XL 883L Sportster® 883 Low brings a lowered seating position to the Sportster® line. The FLSTNI Softail® Deluxe adds a sleek look to the Softail® line and a paint scheme reminiscent of 1939 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Also, the FLSTSC/I Softail® Springer® Classic revives looks from the late 1940s. Fuel injection is unveiled as a feature new to the Softail line of motorcycles for the 2001 model year. The first of the 6-speed transmissions are made available on 2006 model year Dyna™ motorcycles. Also joining the Dyna™ family is the FXDB/I Street Bob™. The 2006 model year includes the all-new FLHX/I Street Glide™, a lower profile touring motorcycle.

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Harley Davidson Models The Sportster

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Dyna 2010 Dyna Wide Glide

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2010 Heritage Softail Classic

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2010 V-Rod “Muscle”

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2010 Ultra Classic

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2010 Screaming Eagle “Convertible”

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Harley Davidson Owners and Riders Harley Davidson owners and riders come from all walks of life; from doctors and lawyers, to construction workers and laborers. When HD riders get together at various rallies and events, you never know who you are going to meet, or what profession they may come from; all that matters is that they all share the thrill of the open road and the wind in their face as they cruise down America’s highways and byways.

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The Harley Davidson Experience The Harley Davidson is undoubtedly the king of motorcycles. There may be other claimants to the throne, but 'The Hog' reigns supreme. The only way to have the true “Harley Davidson Experience” is to get in the saddle of the ultimate wheels of steel. Once you have felt the V-Twin power at your fingertips, heard the roar of the exhausts, and felt the wind in your face crusin’ down a lonely highway at sunset, you will indeed have been bitten by the………….. “Harley Davidson Experience”

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Enjoy the road…….. …..and be safe out there!

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