On of the most iconic motorcycle manufacturers in the world, Harley-Davidson started out in a small shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, back in 1903. The brain child of William S Harley and two brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson, the famous company was incorporated in 1907. By the end of the decade, they were producing their signature 45-degree-air-cooled V-Twin.
With America joining the First World War effort in 1917, Harley-Davidson did their bit for the war effort by supplying motorcycles to help US forces. In the Second World War, they were a serious military provider, producing and supplying some 90,000 machines. This went some way to helping secure the name Harley Davidson in the heart and minds of the American public.
The late 1950’s saw the introduction of the classic Sportster range which continues to be a popular model with Harley-Davidson riders even today. The 1980’s and 1990’s saw the introduction of the classic models that are popular on our roads such as the Softail.
Since 2000, Harley-Davidson has worked hard to retain its image as an American icon while at the same time reaching out to a new generation of bikers. Edgier makeovers of classic styles have helped produce the Iron 883, the Street 750 and the Forty-Eight.
All that said, Harley-Davidson is of course perhaps best known for its stylish cruisers, boasting the Street Glide, Ultra and Heritage Softail Classic amongst its range. These are classic bikes guaranteed to please those seeking big-engine power, but not sacrificing on sophistication and comfort.