Harley Davidson motorcycles are known as America’s iconic motorcycle manufacturer and have been around for numerous decades. What many of us fans of Harley Davidson do not know is just how the brand started in its humble beginnings! Harley Davidson’s story is not only interesting it makes you appreciate the brand and it’s founders that much more!
Harley Davidson came about it’s beginnings out of a small shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903. Three brothers, Harley, Arthur and Walter Davidson started their business as one of the many small motorcycle brands popping up in that era. They first debuted with the traditional cruiser cycles that had air cooled V twin engines that Harley Davidson is still known for to this day. By 1907 the brand began growing so much that they needed to move to a bigger space and also start hiring employees to help run their business. They saw an abundance of growth especially when the military started to purchase their bikes to use during World War I. From their the military also continued sourcing the bikes well into World War II. This perhaps is one of the many factors that made Harley Davidson cycles a well known part of our American culture!
In 1957 the Davidson brothers emerged with the design of the Sportster. Shortly after in the 1960’s they changed ownership and merged with AMF or the American Machine and Foundry in 1969. Once merged the AMF started to see money troubles and ended up selling its ownership back to the Davidson brothers. Still today the Davidson Brothers have kept the company in the families graces and the Davidson family plays a huge part in the brand even with the crazy amount of growth it has seen over the years.
With the changing on times and the younger market to consider Harley Davidson has started to create edgier bikes like the Cross Bones and the Iron 883 models. The brand is also focusing on introducing better performance oriented models and improving the riding quality of their touring bikes while never losing sight of their original classics and founding brand models.
It is safe to say that with Harley Davidson’s humble beginnings and rise to iconic status over the decades these amazing motorcycles are here to stay and will only continue to evelop and get better as time goes on. If you are a fan of Harley’s you definitely know why after reading their story!