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“WOMEN MOTORCYCLE RIDERS” AKA “HARLEY WOMEN RIDERS” AKA “HARLEY WOMEN BIKERS”

 

Women bikers have come a long way from the rough and tumble motorcycle babe early 1900s to today’s society.  The stereotypical image of the burly male bikers straddling his two-wheeled freedom machine and riding off with a “biker babe” in tow is becoming something of the past.

Even before the 1921 article and Harley Davidson model catalog, the adventures of several women riders had already been documented in the Harley Davidson magazines. Out of all the documented stories; two of these stories were popular in pioneer days regarding women becoming independent involving learning and driving their own motorcycle was of Della Crewe (1914) and Effie and Avis Hotchkiss(1915).

The inspiring story of Della Crewe’s traveling in 1914 on her two-speed Harley Davidson with side-car starting from Waco, Texas to New York City, New York with her Boston bull pup name “Trouble”.    

Of course, there’s a story of Effie and her mother Avis Hotchkiss in 1915.  Effie purchased a three-speed Harley Davidson and added a sidecar for her mother so they could travel and see America; very inspirational. Their traveling story from Brooklyn, New York to the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco. There are a lot more stories of our pioneer women riders during the years even though Motorcycle Industries was still known to be a man’s world.

From pioneer to our current time, women riders or bikers are becoming very popular.  Before, a woman out riding usually with a male biker driving; now “most women are the driver: the feel of freedom, the thrill of traveling, the feel of being in control, and the love for speed”. I’ve known women riding Harley Sportsters, Dyna Wide, Electric Glide, Shovel Heads, Road King, Heritage and other different make and models like Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki.

Myself, I do not know how to ride a bicycle; and yes, I ride my Harley Davidson Road King Classic (picture) every chance I have and mostly everywhere I go if the weather permitted. The freedom and being in control, and especially the thrill.  The early years of learning to ride was not so thrilling at the time; due to the fact of finding out that trees, corner of the house, the light pole, the home dug well, and side of the barn does not move; but practice and being consistent is worth not giving up . I love the deep sound of a Harley Davidson; it does not matter if I am riding down the road, or hearing a Harley pass by the house – the distinctive, awesome and unique sound that I always pause and look.

Harley Davidson was always the men’s world, not anymore; the women are just as much a demand as men are according to Harley Davidson reviews, not for just for posing on the motorcycle for the Harley Davidson magazines and but as “RIDERS”.

 

 

 

 [Feel the freedom, my sisters, enjoy the ride and be safe].

 

 

 

JUNE BUG CAN THROW A MIGHTY PUNCH

 

“To ride WITH a windshield or WITHOUT?” Knowingly, mostly everyone who rides a motorcycle; it does not matter if it’s a Harley, Honda, Suzuki etc.., has ask this question at least once.  For myself, I am a Harley rider, I prefer having a windshield on my motorcycle – knowing reality facts, “[BUGS do Hurt]”, and also, an extra protection from flying debris.

I used to ride my sportster years ago without a windshield – {Freedom} as they say. One evening on our way back from a motorcycle run; I got hit by a June Beetle also known as a June Bug, it missed my helmet and shattered the right side of my riding glasses. Pulling over on the side of the highway, between the tears and the soreness from where the bug hit, somehow, we manage to make it home.

The next morning, it looks bad and felt worse {black eye, swollen and all}.  A friend stops by that morning and his facial expression tells it all; but it never fails “Does it hurt?” he asked. Hubby(Richard) reply “Nope, she was changing lane when the June Bug put on his breaks. Here’s your sign!” This I give Bill Engvall (comedian) the credit.  During that week, I decided maybe I should have a windshield put on the sportster. Well, to make the story short, today it doesn’t matter what type of upgrade or customize I do on the Harleys – it will always have a windshield, my preference.

There are seven (7) reasons why:

1.    Eliminate most of the bugs hitting the rider.

2.    Helps when you get caught in the rain.

3.     Help save a rider mostly from gravel/rocks thrown from tires.

4.     Other flying debris off the cars/trucks.

5.     It helps tone down the wind a little.

6.     It is an extra protection from horse, cow and hog trailers.

7.     It makes the ride and enjoyable trip.

There is no correct answer to the question. I do have friends who will ride without a windshield, but it always depends on each persons’ preference.

So….”[Would you ride your motorcycle with or without a windshield?]”

 

HARLEY DAVIDSON WINDSHIELD VERSES OTHER BRANDS

“We like to fantasize that motorcycling is all about the wind in your hair and your knees in the breeze, but when you come right down to it, there can be too much of a good thing.”  Like the wind; pushing against you at 60-70 mph for hour after relentless hour…in the cold…in the rain.  To counteract this, a windshield will deflect at least some – if not most – of that windblast away. Article written by Rider motorcycling at its best.

The windshield or windscreen is an extra protection that helps shield the rider from wind and flying debris such as dust, insects, and rocks. Not every biker likes to have a windshield on their motorcycle, but this article is for the bike riders that like having a shield in front of them as they ride.

Windshield helps keep the bugs out of your teeth and the rain feels like shot from a shotgun. They, also helps protect the riders from large bugs spatter (like June Bug) that almost knock them off their bikes, as well as debris that comes from vehicles either passing or that is in front of them.  They are great in the wintertime to block the cold wind.  The winter wind will make your hands numb no matter if you’re wearing riding gloves or not.  Article written by Ivstars386.com.

In the early years, windshield was made with acrylic (plexiglass) type, they were known to be crystal clear, however, drill mounting put stress cracks in the acrylic and lead to breakage.  The industries have come a long way; up to today standards; the Quantum Polycarbonate (Lexan) is the toughest material made that outstands the others with much better strength, better optical quality, and far better scratch and abrasion resistance.

In my early years of riding, Harley Davidson’s windshield were the best made; the different variety, the width {how wide you prefer}, the length {how tall you prefer}, the quality, and the offset of tinting in colors or clear.  Today, the industries are booming, we have so many companies making windshields with good quality that compete with Harley Davidson. Don’t get me wrong, I will always prefer Harley Davidsons windshield for my Harleys; but earlier this year when I replace my Road King windshield, I found another company called “[Freedom Shields]” that made good quality windshield also; but that a story for next time.

So, Harley Davidson windshield verses other Company Brands.  It all depends on the rider.  Sometimes cheap is not a good thing, I know everyone is not made of money; but a good, quality windshield might save your life and makes the ride very enjoyable. Safety should be your utmost concern, because the most important person is “[YOURSELF]”I will always recommended Harley Davidsons but it’s the riders’ choice – “[A good, quality windshield provides a rider an extra protection from the environment and on the road, and it’s worth it!]”

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You Can Have the Best Looking Motorcycle With Harley Davidson Stickers!

If you are a bike fanatic then you definitely must be a fan of Harley Davidson stickers for your bike. These stickers are many kinds and they can be used for your bike or your jacket or even your other accessories. Having a bike and zipping on it is the bream of many bikers and if you own one then you have the ultimate bike. There are many two wheeler enthusiasts who collect these bikes as a passion. It is a well known name in the field of bikes and two wheelers. In fact these bikes come in many models and versions and they have been around for a long time. First these bikes were available only in the U.S but now you can import original Harley motorcycles from any part of the world. You can get an amazing range of Harley Davidson stickers at any local or online store. These are stores which are exclusively for Harley Davidson motorcycles, motorcycles parts and other accessories like helmets and jackets.

Whether it is an online store or an actual one you are visiting, the experience can be surreal. You will get all the original bikes, bike parts, bike gear, and accessories at the store. Visiting the store, browsing all the great accessories, trying out these accessories can be one great experience if you are an avid Harley Davidson fan.

The Harley Davidson stickers are many and they are easy to use. Most of these stickers come with a removable back glue patch and you just have to remove the patch and stick the sticker wherever you want to. They are of extremely good quality and they will last for a long time to come. People use these stickers on their bikes, helmets, tire caps, front handle bar and many other places. People like to use these stickers on other parts like their T shirts and jackets. These stickers come into use even on stationary, walls and furniture like cupboards. Some people like to put up these stickers on their garage walls where they keep their bikes part or where they work on restoring their bikes.

It is a brand name on its own and a Harley Davidson bike is identified immediately. These are very powerful machines which are put together by bike fanatics as well. You would not find a bike enthusiast who does not own one of it. The bike is sturdy, gives good mileage with a powerful engine and it is also stylish. Many people buy these bikes only for the visual appeal. These bikes look great on the road and they add that touch of class. Anyone who sits on a Harley Davidson will look stylish and classy whether he knows to ride it or not. And if he does know how to ride one then it is an additional bonus.

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Why a Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Why a Harley Davidson Motorcycle

There are several manufacturers of motorcycles around the world. The BMW for one, builds performance driven motorcycles for years. Japan-made Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha also have race winning motorcycles. Ducati is another motorcycle brand that is very popular around the world. But why a Harley Davidson?

Why is Harley-Davidson so popular around the world? Why is that when a Harley rolls on the road, everyone will turn their heads for a glance? Why is it that when one talks about motorcycle, the very first brand in mind is the Harley-Davidson?

Finding answers to these questions will give us 3 words: name, quality, and pride.

Name – When you hear the word “Harley-Davidson”, the first thing that might pop out from your mind is a “one hell of a machine”. Hearing the name “Harley-Davidson” would also easily gives you the impression of a great motorcycle company that set a great legacy throughout history. The name can be synonymous with toughness, quality, speed, and versatility. The name itself will set itself on the top of your mind.

Quality- Whether it is a CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations), Dyna, Sportster, Softail, Touring, or VRSC model, it is a Harley-Davidson. And when we say Harley-Davidson, we mean quality that is built over the years. Each Harley Davidson motorcycle is made in superiority from the engine parts to the decals and finishing touches. Harley Davidson motorcycles are made not only to sell but to live for a lifetime as well.

Pride – Harley-Davidson has been manufacturing motorcycles for over a century. And with a company that survived this long, owning one is like owning a piece of history of the company. Harley Davidson motorcycles have gained so much respect over the years and it has set the trend for the motorcycle industry in the United States. Any Harley Davidson motorcycle owner would say that they are proud to have at least one great motorcycle in their possession.

What would you feel if you are riding a motorcycle with the name “Harley-Davidson”? Surely, you feel proud. Proud as if you have your first baby; proud as if you have owned a brand-new house; and proud as if you have realized your dream. Indeed, owning a Harley-Davidson can be a dream come true for most. As the price of a Harley motorcycle does not come cheap, owning one can be hard. But if you do, you feel fulfilled and you somehow feel you have your life complete.

How about you? Why are you dying to have a Harley Davidson motorcycle? The answer is in you…

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Harley-Davidson Jewelry Your Ticket to Ride in Style

Harley-Davidson is an iconic name in motorcycles. One that reflects a unique slice of Americana which bikers and admirers hold in the highest regard. It embodies independence, strength and freedom; the very fixtures that our nation was built upon. It’s no wonder, then, that the brand has inspired an expansive line of clothing, accessories and even jewelry. Sporting its logo conveys your love of American pride and ingenuity. So even if you spend your days sitting in a cubicle and commuting on gridlocked freeways, you can still experience a connection to the freedom of the winding, open road.

Whether you’re searching for your very first piece of jewelry, or you’re simply adding on to an ever-expanding collection, you won’t want to miss these beautiful pieces.

Harley-Davidson Ladies’ Ring of Freedom

Blending elegance and hardiness, this striking ring is feminine, playful and unique. A midnight black genuine pearl rests in the center of antiqued solid sterling silver. The border of this beautiful piece features bold logos and intricately sculptured silver designs. For just a touch of tough girl, this ring cannot be beat.

Harley-Davidson Ladies Eternity Ring

For women with a passion for the open road, this head-turning ring is an excellent option. Featuring solid sterling silver and striking black sapphires, the Eternity ring is accented in 24-karat gold borders. Make a powerful statement about your individuality with this unmistakably elegant ring.

Stacking Ring

Comprised of three stacking bands, this ring combines fashion and freedom flawlessly. Each band is beautiful on its own, but when stacked together, they form the instantly recognizable Harley-Davidson bar and shield logo. This versatile ring is the ideal addition to your jewelry collection.

Roses of Freedom Ring

This flirty, feminine ring is perfect for the woman who doesn’t want to compromise fashion for her undeniable sense of adventure and independence. Made of solid sterling silver, this ring features a shimmering Harley logo flanked by two beautiful gold roses. This sparkling ring is as elegant as it is unique.

Harley-Davidson Freedom Pendant

Show the world that you honor the Harley-Davidson lifestyle with this striking pendant. A genuine midnight black pearl hangs elegantly from antiqued solid sterling silver, bordered by the famous logo. Whether it’s worn with a sharp business suit, or is safely tucked beneath your biker jacket, this necklace signifies your connection to the unbeatable American spirit.

Harley-Davidson Tribal Necklace

Display the Harley bar and shield logo with pride with this bold necklace. A flame-shaped sterling silver background accented in 24 karat gold flanks a striking gold logo, letting the world know all about your pride.

Harley-Davidson Tribal Bracelet

Pair the tribal necklace with this matching bracelet for a coordinated ensemble. This beautiful bracelet features a silver flame design accented by 24 karat gold. In the middle, a bold bar and shield logo proudly displays your love of the open road.

Harley-Davidson Tribal Earrings

Complete your tribal Harley look with these beautiful earrings. A gold Harley logo hangs elegantly from the flame-shaped sterling silver background. Whether they’re whipping in the wind as you turn a corner on your bike, or dangling daintily at your neck while you pick up the kids from school, these earrings are a must for die hard Harley fans that have an unyielding eye for style.

Harley-Davidson Charm Necklace

Can’t decide which Harley logo you’d like to sport? This versatile piece allows you to choose from six distinct, interchangeable charms. Each Harley charm is cast in sterling silver and features 24 karat gold accents. It emblem has never looked so elegant, aside from its most prominent spot on a bike of course. What’s more, this collection comes complete with a beautiful presentation case and an elegant sterling silver chain that is accented with 24 karat gold.

Harley-Davidson On the Move Ladies Charm Ring

This beautiful ring features a beautiful Harley logo charm affixed to a bold sterling silver band accented with 24 karat gold. Whether you’re shifting gears on your bike or typing up a business proposal at the office, this striking ring displays your penchant for excitement and adventure.

It is inherently tough, but not without a hefty dose of grace and refinement. These expertly crafted machines are celebrated for their lasting endurance, their elegant design and their unrivaled power. You can embody the spirit of this American icon with these beautiful pieces of timeless jewelry. Whether you’re a seasoned biker, an eager novice, or simply a lover of the open road, you can express your personality by donning the legendary logo.

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Expressing Freedom With Harley Davidson Jewelry

If you are looking for gifts that make a statement, then considering Harley Davidson jewelry may be one of the best alternatives. For individuals that like to express independence and freedom, is the ability to use these accessories as a perfect fit toward this culture. The different jewelry that is available for both men and women can then help you to enjoy the specific looks that have helped to define the biker culture.

The most common Harley Davidson jewelry is defined by the main logo that is used for the bikes. This is combined into both elegant and casual styles for both men and women for any occasion. With the different forms that are available with this logo is the ability to enjoy an expression in almost any situation. For more casual styles, you can consider necklaces, bracelets and earrings that have the main logo, while helping you to enjoy the expression of freedom.

The other Harley Davidson jewelry that is available can be used for other environments and occasions, while keeping a simple form of expression in the freedom of the Harley. Men and women can find everything from necklaces to watches, earrings and bracelets. These not only come with the main logo but will also be placed in a specific type of jewelry. For instance, silver or gold plated jewelry with the Harley symbol is a common design for those that want to enjoy a different look.

If you are looking for a way to express freedom or to give others a gift that displays the biker culture, then considering Harley Davidson jewelry is one of the alternatives. This can provide you with a different set of looks while helping you to set your expression of culture into any occasion.

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What Makes the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Engine Unique?

Whether it be powering a police bike, a fully-dressed touring machine or a raked chopper with a springer front end, the Harley Davidson motorcycle engine is a mechanical marvel that is quite unique. Presented here is an article which offers several reasons why the Harley Davidson motorcycle engine is so unique.

Appearance

One of the first and foremost factors that makes the Harley Davidson motorcycle engine unique is its appearance, or design. Although some smaller-sized models have been produced by Harley Davidson through the years, most of their cycles, including the engines are quite large in size.

Several different types of engines have powered Harleys through the decades. In Harley’s early years, most of the engines were known as F-heads and Flatheads, these were followed by Knuckleheads, then Panheads, onto Shovelheads, then Evolution and Twin Cam engines.

The names of the different styles of Harley Davidson engines are largely based upon the design of the various engines’ cylinder heads and valve covers. The flathead engine features flat, vented cylinder heads, the knucklehead engine includes valve covers that look like knuckles, the panhead engine features cylinder heads and valve covers that resemble pans and the shovelhead engine features cylinder heads that look like shovels.

The Evolution engines that power motorcycles made from the mid-1980’s through 1999 feature more square-shaped cylinder heads and valve covers, while the modern twin cam and Revolution engines feature radical design improvements on the basic V-Twin engine.

In recent years, many other motorcycle manufacturers have begun producing bikes that at first glance, could be mistaken for Harley Davidson. These motorcycles feature fatbob-style gas tanks, wide front ends, low frames and V-Twin engines. Upon closer inspection however, one can see that the pseudo-Harley engines do not look as solid and workhorse-like as real Harley engines.

Sound

Another factor that makes the Harley Davidson engine unique is its distinctive sound. Often described as throaty, the sound of a Harley engine is unmistakable. The deep, rumbling and muscular sound produced by their engines is one of the features that makes some people want to buy these motorcycles. Some riders like to accentuate the sound of their bike by installing custom exhaust systems. These exhaust systems usually alter the sound made by their engines, with some increasing the volume of the engine noise and others adding a different tone to the engine sound.

The sounds that are produced by the other brands of motorcycles that resemble Harley Davidson do not possess the same powerful rumble that they are known for.

Engineering

Harley engines maintain a well-deserved reputation as being some of the best-designed and engineered motorcycle engines made anywhere. These engines are designed to last and all of the parts, or components are high quality, precision-made parts.

Tradition/Quality

As with every facet of the experience, the engines on these motorcycles are legendary and steeped in tradition. With many decades of experience in producing some of the world’s most respected motorcycles, Harley consistently strives to produce technologically-advanced engines that remain true to the tradition that these machines have built over the years.

Some people are so fond of their engines, that they get images of them tattooed on their bodies. Rock bands are even named after specific Harley engines.

Image/Sexiness

Through the years, Harley Davidson motorcycles have garnered an image that promotes rugged individualism and American freedom. Movies, television programs and popular music have promoted the image of these motorcycles as being macho and sexy in nature. All over the world, this image is celebrated and upheld and the sound of their motorcycle engines can be heard in communities of all sizes.

Harley Davidson Collectibles

Harley Davidson Collectibles

Harley Davidson Collectibles

Harley Davidson collectibles are becoming more desirable and common as the brand ages, the older items get more valuable and collectible. But what collectibles are available today are collectible and possibly of high value in the future? Harley Davidson is not just a motorcycle, but a lifestyle brand so there are items available from every part of the lifestyle as detailed in this article.

Jewelry

Jewelry is a long lasting item so it is inevitable that some items become collectible. This isn’t limited to specific gender either. Men and womans necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets are available in various quality and design. Sterling silver is the most common material although you can find gold and platinum Harley Jewelry in there too. Designs are made from typical Harley trademarks like the shield, bald eagles, flames, skulls and the Harley Davidson signature. There are even some Harley gas tank shapes that jewelry is made from. These symbols are commonly found across all the Harley collectibles.

Lighters

Zippo are the main brand who Harley associate themselves with to produce their lighters. With the shield logo and flames (see the irony there?) adorning the side of the lighter to show your motorcycle allegiance.

Glassware

Glassware will include drinking glasses and ashtrays. Designs are not usually fancy on glassware, but elegant H-D motives are commonly seen. Great for enjoying a cool beer after a days riding on your Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Models

There are a few scaled models of Harley Davidson motorcycles available. These are one of the more likely items to become a valuable collectible later in life, especially if it is of a popular model that goes down in the history books as a landmark vehicle.

Books

Books are becoming more dated by the day with electronic readers going mainstream. Although this makes books a less sensible choice for a number of reasons today (for general reading), it does primes them to becoming more rare and collectible in the future. Especially landmark books like the current batch of ‘100 years of Harley Davidson’ books available. Try to get official ones where possible, and first editions – these historically hold their value much better, and you may see a return on your investment sooner rather than later.

Knifes

Another lifestyle item. Knifes have always been one of the most versatile tools around with many different design options depending on their use. The Harley Davidson brand can be found on many knives. Handles are usually black to match the traditional motorcycle color. Ones to look out for is seeing handles shaped like Harley Davidson gas tanks (the peanut shape)- already a limited edition collectors item, it will only hold their value long term if kept in good condition.

Sunglasses

As the traditional Harley look is an open face helmet – and this involves a face load of wind, Sunglasses are commonly sported on Harley riders faces, and with good reason. Naturally this is also supplied as a lifestyle product and you can have your face matching the helmet, clothing, jewelry and of course the motorcycle.

Clocks

In the office or at home watching time go by? You can glance at your favorite Harley models when doing so with a Harley Davidson clock. They also look great in bars and diners. I would recommend going for a classic looking clock with one H-D shield motif over a selection of motorcycles if you are prefer collectors items though, they have more class and are more likely to hold its value.

Harley Davidson Collectibles

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A Short History of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson got it’s humble start when William Harley and Arthur Davidson produced the first production motorcycle in 1903. The motorbike was to be a racing bike, and was built in a small shed wooden with the words Harley-Davidson Motor Company written on the front door. One year later Harley-Davidson had put out 3 production motorcycles for the public.

In 1905 Harley-Davidson wins it’s first race and hires it’s first employee. Three years later, in 1908, Harley-Davidson sold the first motorcycle to be used in police service to the Detroit Police Department. In 1912 H-D started building it’s 6 story factory and exports it’s first bikes to Japan, the first time sales were extended outside of the United States.

1914 marks the year H-D formally enters itself into the national racing circuit, and is quickly known as “The Wrecking Crew” for it’s dominance in the racing industry. By 1917 one-third of all motorcycles produced would be sold to the military, and was also the start of the Service School for Harley-Davidson Mechanics, for both military and civilian bikes.

By 1918 half of all bikes produced were shipped off to military for service in World War 1, and Corporal Roy Holtz would be the first soldier to ride a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle in Germany. 1920 marks the year that the motorcycle company is the largest in the world in the motorcycle industry, and has over 2,000 dealers in 67 countries worldwide.

1931 is the year that almost all of Harley’s competitors are gone, with the exception of the Indian Motorcycle Company. Harley-Davidson and Indian are the only two motorcycle companies in America, until 1953. As the world enters into World War 2, so does Harley go back into Military motorcycle production, and the service school is turned back into the military motorcycle service school, also known as the Quartermaster School for military mechanics. During this time the public could hardly get their hands on a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.

In 1945 The wartime production slows to a halt and a civilian production starts up again, and in 1947 H-D starts to sell what is now the classic black leather motorcycle jacket. Throughout this whole time Harley is consistently winning races on street and dirt over and over and still dominates the racing circuit.

1952 was the year the Harley Sportster made it’s debut, but as the “K” series. It would not be until 1957 that it wouldn’t be named as such. In 1953 Harley-Davidson would become the sole motorcycle manufacturer in the United States when Hendee Manufacturing, the the Indian motorcycle company, goes out of business.

Elvis Presley poses for a cover shot of Enthusiast, the motorcycle enthusiast magazine, in 1956. The 1960’s showed Harley winning race ofter race after race, and he merge with the American Machine and Foundry Company, or AMF.

The 1970s ushered in a customizing craze amongst enthusiasts, and Harley-Davidson going through a company and factory wide renovation and restructuring. All production machinery goes through a major modernization and a new larger production plant in Milwaukee.

Harley’s have been known to always have oil leaks and vibrate massively, sort of an attraction with Harley aficionado’s. The 80’s came in with a huge turn around with the motorcycle company, in dampening the vibration, quelling the oil leaks and making them oil tight. This coupled with a new belt drive instead of chain drive and the new “Softail” frame with hidden rear end shocks, Harley’s became a very smooth and comfortable ride. 1981 was also the year Harley-Davidson bought out the merger AMC and took control back of the company.

The Motorcycle Company is traded on the American Stock Exchange, the first time since 1969, the year AMF merged with H-D. 1987 is the year H-D is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and is publicly traded and the companies confidence in itself as a leader in the motorcycle industry is evident in this move, as well as starting the “Buy Back Program” in which owners of older Harley’s can trade in their old models and get full trade-in price on a new “HOG”.

Harley celebrates it’s 90 birthday and has a family reunion in Milwaukee, also taking a financial interest in Buell Motorcycles started by Erik Buell to manufacture American sport motorcycles using Harley-Davidson Engines and in 1994 enters into the superbike racing industry with it’s first liquid cooled bike called the VR1000. Harley celebrates 95 years in 1998 and 140,000 riders come to Milwaukee to help with the party and celebration. Harley buys another 49% of Buell motorcyles making them the majority owner in the company and making the founder Erik Buell chairman of operations.

In 2003, more than 250,000 riders converge on Milwaukee for the final stop of the “Open Road Tour” and to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 100th Anniversary and Party. Harley-Davidson and the Muscular Dystrophy Association(MDA) mark 25 years together as partners in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. In 2006 Harley announces plans to open a museum for the motorcycle company and plans for the opening to be in 2008.

Through this time H-D has been winning races and helping charities and people to make life better. This brief history on the building of the company is just a part of the Harley-Davidson legacy. Most people associate H-D with outlaw bikers and black leather jackets but many people don’t know the otherside of things with Harley-Davidson. The work with charities and racing through out the whole growth of the company are things many people don’t realize about this little family owned company, that is now Americas biggest motorcycle manufacturer.