Harley Davidson motor bike
Harley Davidson or Harley,motorcycle is an American motorcycle manufacturer,
founded in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin in 1903.
As one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression (along with Indian),
the company has survived numerous ownership arrangements, subsidiary arrangements (e.g., Aermacchi 1974-1978 and Buell 1987-2009),
periods of poor economic health and product quality,as well as intense global competition]to become one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturers and an iconic brand widely known for its loyal following with owner clubs and events worldwide as well as a company sponsored brand-focused museum.
Noted for a style of customization that gave rise to the chopper motorcycle style,
Harley-Davidson traditionally marketed heavyweight,
air-cooled cruiser motorcycles with engine displacements greater than 700 cm³ and has broadened its offerings to include its more contemporary VRSC (2002) and middle-weight Street (2015) platforms.
Harley-Davidson manufactures its motorcycles at factories in York, Pennsylvania;
Kansas City, Missouri; Manaus, Brazil; and Bawal, India and markets its products worldwide.
Besides motorcycles, the company licenses and markets merchandise under the Harley-Davidson brand, among them being apparel,
home decor and ornaments, accessories, toys, and scale figures of its motorcycles, and video games based on its motorcycle line and the community.
Work immediately began on a new and improved second generation machine.
This first “real” Harley-Davidson motorcycle had a bigger engine of 24.74 cubic inches (405 cc³) with 9.75 inches (25 cm) flywheels weighing 28 lb (13 kg).
The machine’s advanced loop-frame pattern was similar to the 1903 Milwaukee Merkel motorcycle (designed by Joseph Merkel, later of Flying Merkel fame).
The bigger engine and loop-frame design took it out of the motorized bicycle category and marked the path to future motorcycle designs.
The boys also received help with their bigger engine from outboard motor pioneer Ole Evinrude,
who was then building gas engines of his own design for automotive use on Milwaukee’s Lake Street.
The prototype of the new loop-frame Harley-Davidson was assembled in a 10 ft × 15 ft (3.0 m × 4.6 m) shed in the Davidson family backyard.
Most of the major parts, however, were made elsewhere, including some probably fabricated at the West Milwaukee railshops where oldest brother William A. Davidson was then toolroom foreman.
This prototype machine was functional by September 8, 1904,
when it competed in a Milwaukee motorcycle race held at State Fair Park.
It was ridden by Edward Hildebrand and placed fourth.
This is the first documented appearance of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the historical record.
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