The Early
"HARLEY-DAVIDSON"
MOTORCYCLES
1905 and Now up to 2013
Or where ever you want to go with it

The site is now divided in three pages,
Up to 1954, 1955 to 1969 from 1970 to 2014

This page covers from 1955 to 1969



 
 
 

This web page shows an history of the early Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
I have many original pictures that were submitted by family members to
show these early motorcycles in everyday use.
If you are like I am nothing shows the past better then photos



 
Motorcycles and particularly the Harley-Davidson have always interested me.
Although I have never owned one, it was something that was always on my mind.
I have been collecting pictures of old cars, trucks and motorcycles for some time and my collection of Harley-Davidson pictures became such that I thought I would share them. This collection has grown 
considerably since I started this web site back in 2006. I even decided to include some of the newer 
bikes and now have Harley's up to 2008. 

And please forgive me but I have included some nice old English bikes.
Most of these images have come from news groups but like with my car pages, I invite any of my 
visitors to submit their favorite Harley-Davidson picture or a British bike. All I ask is that they give
me their name and if possible where they live. Street address are not required. If you like, a brief
story on the bike would be nice.
The email address is johnmacdonald@summerville-novascotia.com



This page was last updated on Feb 6, 2017

The History of the Harley-Davidson
"The First Seventy Years"


The 1903 Harley-Davidson Factory

 
One of my vistors, Brent sent me the following story about this building.
"I was told a interesting story about the original H-D factory (which you have a photo of). When I was in school and started the H-D portion of my schooling we were given a week or so of H-D history before beginning the technical stuff in a lab. The building ultimately had a sad ending to it's existence as we knew it. After being stored for decades disassembled in a H-D factory warehouse someone who was instructed to clean the place up and make some room dug it out of the corner it rested so long in and threw it in the trash. Not a good day for H-D and probably a even worse one for the employee. My instructor was a good man and a forgiving person and said "I'm surprised he made it out alive after making a mistake that big. 
I'd at least have sent him home with one less nut."

 

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protect your bike

 
History could go a long way. 
Let your Harley last with only the genuine
Harley Davidson parts!

 
 
The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1903.
At that time Bill Harley and Arthur Walter Davidson built a one-cylinder motorcycle for their own use.This motorcycle was well built and they ended up selling it. That put them in thebusiness manufacturing motorcycles.
They continued to build motorcycles and by 1908 they had built 154.
Around this time William Davidson joined the company and it wasn't long before they had 20 employees and a new factory.
In 1909 Bill Harley thought that they needed a new engine. he took on the project to built a V Twin engine.It turned out to be a 1000 cubic centimeter, 45 degree V twin engine producing seven horse power. This 45 degree V twin became one of the most recognizable symbols of the Harley-Davidson. The bar and shield logo came in 1910 and is still with them today.
The F Head engine was introduced in 1911 and was the main power plant until 1929 when it was replaced by the flat head engine.
By 1912 Harley-Davidson was ready to expand again into a new 6 story plant.
They also started exporting at this time. 
From 1914 to the 1920's there was much advancement, such as the addition of a sidecar, the three-speed sliding-gear transmission, and the change in styling, which looked more like the motorcycles of today.
In 1928 the first twin-cam engine and front wheel brakes were available. This enabled the motorcycle to reach speeds of more then 85 mph.

The 1930's saw Harley-Davidson break more speed records.
In 1932 the three-wheel Servi-Car was introduced which would become a common police and commercial vehicle.

In 1936 the Knucklehead was launched and the Panhead followed in 1947. 
This machine made the Harley-Davidson American's motorcycle of choice.
During World War II the Harley took an active roll. Civilian production was just about suspended and all efforts were concentrated on war production.
Once the war was over in 1945 civilian production commenced again.
In 1949 the Hydra-Glide was introduced using hydraulic front forks.

The 1950's were not a good time at Harley-Davidson.
The British with their Triumph and BSA motorcycles had 40% of the market.
These were smaller, lighter and in some cases faster bikes.
This problem was met head on and in 1957 with the introduction of the Sportster.
The English stayed on the scene until the Japanese bikes hit the market in the early 60's.
They were small, under powered but cute and did a lot to bring motorcycle to the attention
of the general public.
However they didn't stay small and cute very long.
Companies like Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki learned real fast and made some real 
fast motorcycles.
Harley was almost put under at this time but they fought back.
In 1969 Harley Davidson merged with American Machine and Foundry Company.
This merger gave them needed cash but produced some poorly built bikes and Harley&American Machine and Foundry Company's reputation suffered greatly.
Harley-Davidson did survive and in 1971 the  ldquo; Cruiser” was born. It was a sporty looking bike with the frame and power train of the FL series.
This motorcycle was a great success and enabled Harley-Davidson to move to a 400,000 square foot plant in York, Pennsylvania.
The 1970's saw Harley win a great many races including four consecutive years of winning the AMA Grand National Championships in dirt track racing.
I will leave the history of the Harley-Davidson at this point with saying that from here on Harley-Davidson never looked back.


There are many other good web sites that will take you beyond the 1970's


We Buy Junk

Feature Bike of the month
1929 Harley-Davidson Model AA,  21 cu. in ohc single cyc engine
 1929 Harley-Davidson Model AA,  21 cu. in ohc single cyc engine
This Harley is owned by Adrian Matthews from Brisbane, Australia

 
The following was an email that has been circulating and was sent to me by my brother.
I thought it was a story that should be told again.
If any of you want to pass it around to your friends please feel free to copy it.
JUST A BIKER

I saw you; hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. But you didn't see me put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday. 
I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk. But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local Mall.
I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant when you saw my bike parked out front. But you didn't see me attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.
I saw you roll up your window and shake your head when I rode by. But you didn't see me riding behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.
I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children. But you didn't see me when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless. 
I saw you stare at my long hair. But you didn't see me and my friends cut ten inches off for 
Locks of Love. 
I saw you roll your eyes at our Leather jackets and gloves. But you didn't see me and my brothers donate our old ones to those that had none.
I saw you look in fright at my tattoos. But you didn't see me cry as my children where born or have their name written over and in my heart. 
I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere. But you didn't see me going home to be with my family.
I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be. But you didn't see me when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.
I saw you yelling at your kids in the car. But you didn't see me pat my child's hands knowing she was safe behind me. 
I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road. But you didn't see me squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to take the next turn.
I saw you race down the road in the rain. But you didn't see me get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.
I saw you run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time. But you didn't see me trying to turn right.
I saw you cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in. But you didn't see me leave the road.
I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass. But you didn't see me. I wasn't there.
I saw you go home to your family. But you didn't see me. Because I died that day you cut me off. 
I was just a biker. A person with friends and a family. But you didn't see me.
Repost this around in hopes that people will understand the biker community..
If you don't repost this, it sucks to be you. I hope you never lose someone that rides.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE WHAT WE CHOOSE AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS TO BE SURE WE ARE NOT IN 'YOUR' WAY 

Author Unknown


 
Feature Harley-Davidson
1909 Harley-Davidson Single Cylinder
This picture was submitted by Jean Allen and shows her grandfather standing by his Harley-Davidson.
The Very Early Vintage Harley-Davidson's


1917-1922 Harley-Davidso Model 820 Racing Bicycle
This bike s owned by Bernie Keeling, Gilroy, CA
Submitted by: Hubert Marshall, UpperChichester, Pa.

 
 
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Back in the 30's Harley used to race on wooden tracks.
One of the drives had a pet PIG as a mascot for the team
Hence the Harleys were referred to as a HOG


A History of the Panhead by Greg Lew (Panhead Greg)

1948 was the first year for the " tin top" overhead valve version of the bike.
These were offered in both 61 CI and 74 CI models.
Flathead side valve motors were still very popular during the 40's,
The displacement of the flatties ranged from 45", 74" to 80" but heat and oiling issues favored the OHV design.
Typically, police departments would order the E type motors, or 61Ci
This was both utilitarian and less expensive, but the 61s had a smaller lift cam that allowed the bikes
easier starting in hotter conditions. Stop and Go stuff...
Now, 1948 was an unusual year, because it was also the last year for the Spring Fork front end, but first year PANHEAD!!
Over zealous  engineers at the factory were always a little ahead with design, This was evident in 1965, when a frame change, electrical change, and design change pre-dated the
shovel head intro in '66.
And historically, you can see that the production guys were busy selling in stock, manufactured inventory. David Monahan, Harley expert and noted restorer owns a 1949 Spring Fork Panhead.
Sometimes the right hand doesn't want to know what the left hand is doing...Especially when there are paychecks involved.
In 49, the Hydra-Glide was introduced which, by definition, was the first hydraulic suspension bike produced by the factory.
Similarly, the Duo-Glide trademark was introduced in 1958 and had BOTH  front and rear suspension.
The Electra-Glide surfaced in 1965, 12 volt system and frame change were introduced.
Unfortunately, the Shovelhead design was only still on the drawing board.
Or, as I might guess, they simply wanted to use up the existing inventory of Panhead motors sitting around.


 
1955 Harley Davidson FLH
1955 Harley-Davidson FL
1955 Harley-Davidson FL
1955 Harley-Davidson Panhead FL Bobber
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 1955 Harley-Davidson FLE
 1956_Harley-Davidson Panhead
This bike is owned by John Adams and he plans to 
restore in the near future
 This picture was submitted by Gaston Berger, Uruguay
1956 Harley-Davidson KHK
1956 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead
1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster
1957 HarleyDavidson Panhead
1957 Harley-Davidson FLH
1957 Harley-Davidson Pan Head Ad
1957 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
1957 Harley-Davidson FLH
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 1957 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
 1957 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
 This picture was submitted by Pat Challe
This bike is owned by Jeff Brandt (Black Beard). 
The bike was built from the ground up by Jeff
 This picture was submitted by Pat Challe 
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 1957 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
 1957 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
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1958Harley-Davidson PanHead
1958 Harley-Davidson FL
1958 Harley Davidson
1958 Harley Davidson Duoglide
 Owned by Richard T
1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special
1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special
1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster
1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster
1959 Harley-Davidson
1959 Harley Davidson Duoglide
1959 Harley-Davidson Pan Shovel
1960 Harley-Davidson Sportster
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This 1960 Harley is owned by Brad from Santa Cruz, California
Brad had the following to say about his newly aquired Harley.
"I just bought a bike that was in garage storage since 1981! I was researching the year/model etc and found your site on Yahoo images.
It's 1960 with 74 FLH stroked to 80. Found in a rural area of coastal california today, I bought it for $1,000. Today is the first day that bike has seen sunshine in 25 years!
The guy I bought it from, bought it in 1976 for $1800.00 He rode it for 4 years, rebuilt the engine and 500 miles later- the tranny went out. Not being able to afford to fix it, he put it aside "temporarily" and that is how it came to be stored for 25 years.
He used to ride it in the late 70s to early 80's down to 
Los Angeles and back "regularly". About a 450 mile ride each direction. 
It kicks over easily too. The only thing I can find missing (side cases are out of sight of picture) is the head light). 
I used to marvel over stories, urban legends really, like Elvis' missing harley and magazine articles on barn finds or basket case stories, but if it didn't happen to me today, I'd never think that it could ever!
They're out there! "
1960 Harley-Davidson PanHead FLH
 1960 Harley-Davidson FLH DuoGlide
 1960 Harley-Davidson XLH
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1960 Harley-Davidson DuoGlide FLH
This bike is owned by Panhead Greg (Lew) 
of Hudson, Wisconsin. The bike is Very Stock, very original.
It is from Nashville, via Detroit, Michigan and Greg is 
the 4th owner.
1960 Harley-Davidson DuoGlide FLH
This bike is owned by Panhead Greg (Lew)
of Hudson, Wisconsin. The bike is Very Stock, very original.
It is from Nashville, via Detroit, Michigan and Greg is
the 4th owner.
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 1960 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide FLH
 1960 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide FLH 
 This bike is owned by Richard Huey, Dubois, Pennsylvania
 
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 1960 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide FLH Note the 3318 miles shown
 
 
 
 1961 Harley-Davidson Panhead
 1961 HarleyDavidson Servi Car
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 1961 Harley-Davidson Panhead Police Bike
 1961 Harley-Davidson Panhead Police Bike
 These pictures were submitted by Wayne Golden, Mercedes, TX  
He had the following to say about the pictures.
"Attached you will find 2 photos taken in Korea in 1961 of a Korean Police Harley. The bike was ridden onto the post at Camp Kaiser, Korea where I was an MP.  The bike was the property of the village of Unchon-Ni.  No idea what year the bike was. 
I served in the U.S. Army '60-'62." 
 
1963 Harley-Davidson Panhead Police Special
1963 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
 1963 Harley-Davidson FL DuoGlide
This bike is owned by Charlie Root of Bumphuque, MN.
These pictures were taken by Doug Mitchell in June,1995, at the AMCA Official Meet in Farmington, MN.
It was featured in Doug Mitchell's photo essay book Titled
HARLEY DAVIDSON  ROLLING SCULPTURE,  and a subsequent book by the same Author..
This bike was owned and restored by Panhead Greg (Lew) of Hudson, Wisconsin. He owned it for 16 years.
The bike was purchased this from Mexico, Missouri, in 1989
 1963 Harley-Davidson FL Duo Glide
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1963 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
This bike is owned by Panhead Greg (Lew)
of Hudson, Wisconsin, who also restored it. The bike was painted by Gilby's Street Dept., River Falls, Wisconsin.
These pictures were taken at the Donnie Smith Invitational Bike Show St. Paul, MN in 2006.
1963 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
This bike is owned by Panhead Greg (Lew)
of Hudson, Wisconsin, who also restored it. The bike
was painted by Gilby's Street Dept., River Falls, Wisconsin.
These pictures were taken at the Donnie Smith Invitational Bike Show St. Paul, MN in 2006.
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This bike is owned by Jim
1963 Harley-Davidson FLH
 1963 Harley-Davidson Pan Head

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This bike belongs to Jim
1963 Harley-Davidson FLH
1964 Harley-Davidson Chopper Rigid Springer Shovelhead
1965 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
1965 Harley-Davidson FL Electra Glide
This bike is owned by Bob Scott, White Bear Lake MN.
The bike belonged to his Father, who purchased it new.
It is a shriner's bike and numbered as such...
It has been in his family since 1965.
1965 Harley-Davidson
1965 Harley-Davidson
1965 Harley-Davidson
1965 Harley-Davidson FLH Panhead
1965 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead
 1965 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
 1966 Harley-Davidson
 1966 Harley-Davidson FL Electra Glide
 1966 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1966 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
This bike is owned by Bill "Weezeo" Reeves, 
Miami Ft./ Lauderdale area  Florida 
This bike is owned by Bill "Weezeo" Reeves, 
Miami / Ft. Lauderdale area  Florida 
 1967 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
 1967 Harley-Davidson 
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 1967 Harley-Davidson FLH
This bike os owned by Richare Huey
1967 Harley-Davidson FLH
This bike os owned by Richare Huey
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 1968 Harley-Davidson Police Special
  1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic FLH80
  This bike is owned by Gaston Berger, Urugua
He has owned this bike for over 10 years and it is in near original condition
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 1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
 1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
 This bike is owned by Lawrence S. Wach, San Clemente, Ca.  It is an all original "Shriner" bike that I bought from the original owner's son recently. It came with a windshield and a box of weird add-on chrome stuff that is kinda wacky. Runs perfect, 28K original miles.
 
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1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
Lawrence has made a few changes to his bike.
It is now more to his liking.
 
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 1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
 1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
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Lawrence changed the seat on his bike and wanted to share the different look with us.
"I put this solo "police" type seat on the bike, I like it way more than the big "waffle" type seat it had on it. I thought that people might be interested in how it looks both ways. You sit a lot lower
and I like the lower center of gravity and ease of stopping and putting feet down. (And I'm not a short guy)"
 1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
 
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 1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
 1968 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovel Head
 This picture was submitted by Wayne Golden, Mercedes, TX
It was taken in 1975. Wayne still drive a bike daily.
 
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
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 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
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 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
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 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
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 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 Late 1960's Hill Climbing 
Bernie McGovern EZ Hill Climb 1st Place 8/16/69
This picture was submitted by Patrick McGovern and
shows is father on the bike
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead
This bike is owned by Bill "Weezeo" Reeves, 
Miami / Ft.Lauderdale area  Florida
This bike is owned by Bill "Weezeo" Reeves, 
Miami / Ft. Lauderdale area  Florida
1969 Harley-Davidson Shovel Head
1969 Harley-Davidson FLH
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 1970 Harley XLCH
This bike is owned by Sam Young, Poquoson, VA
 
 1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide
 1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide
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 1971 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide
 1971 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide
 This bike is owned by Rick Belbeck, Valens, Ontario, Canada. This bik has has 18000 mi. original.
 
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 1971 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide
 
1972 Harley-Davidson -XR750
1973 Harley-Davidson FL Electra Glide
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 1973 Harley-Davidson FLH
 1973 Harley-Davidson FLH
 This bike is owned by Leror Willard, Pawnee, Oklahoma.
The old bike has a 21” frt wheel and a rigid frame. The motor is a stock 1200cc with stock 4 speed tranny. I do have an S&S carb & electronic ignition, with straight pipes..I prefer risers & drag bars instead of Apes hangers. The seat was made custom locally..
 
   
 1973 Harley Davidson FLH
 1973 Harley Davidson FLH
 This bike is owned by Jacque Carlyle. She has been riding this bike for almost 24 years but is having a problem finding someone who can keep it running 
the way it used to.
 
 1975 Harley-Davidson XL1000
 1975 Harley-Davidson XR-750
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 1973 Harley-Davidson FLH (Old Blue)
 1973 Harley-Davidson XL
 This bike is owned by Larry Moore
In Larry's words,
"Old Blue, 1973 FLH,  is my 1st Harley, we have gone about 100,000 miles together. She has been rebuilt a couple of times. 
The last time the heads were completely gone so I went with STD panheads.I go camping because I like to wake up in the woods and not in a motel room. The little trailer carries enough to be comfortable, I keep it light for a good ride."
This bike is owned by Bernie Keeling and Marc Michailoff  and has been restored byMarc Michailoff, Gilroy Calif.
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 1975 Harley-Davidson FX before the rebuild
 1975 Harley-Davidson FX rebuild
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 1975 Harley-Davidson FX before the rebuild
 1975 Harley-Davidson FX rebuild
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 1975 Harley-Davidson FX before the rebuild
 1975 Harley-Davidson FX before the rebuild
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 1975 Harley-Davidson FX Rebuilt Engine
 1975 Harley-Davidson FX Rebuilt Engine
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 1975 Harley-Davidson FX Rebuild
 1975 Harley-Davidson FX after rebuild
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 1975 Harley-Davidson FX after rebuild
 1975 Harley-Davidson FX after rebuild
 This bike is owned by Rick Jones. He had the following to say about his bike.
"When I dug in to it last winter, I soon realized there some major engine damage. The rear jug had disintegrated at high speed, in turn the momentum of the engine pulled the piston off the rod and the rod was wrapped around the crank. Needless to say the cases were cracked so I had to start from scratch. This was my first bike building experience so I needed some help but it looks good, sounds great and is a lot of fun to ride. She sure gets a lot of attention.  I still have some things I want to do to it I guess it will never be finished completely, you know how it is, there is always something to fix or change, but it is fun to ride. I put almost 400 miles on it this summer."
 

Rick Jones' 75 FX today, July 2010


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1975 Harley-Davidson FX
1975 Harley-Davidson FX

A few very special newer Harley's
 
 

The Police Bikes
The police have used the Harley-Davidson for years.
They found that it was a lot better then the car in
traffic and they could catch the bad guys a lot easier.

How many of us have said
"I'm really sorry officer, I won't speed again"
1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special
But for those that didn't run too fast
there was always the mean machine

Carl Roberts' Chopper


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This is what Carl had to say about his Harley

 I built this bike from scratch in ’99 starting with a 60’s era broken frame that I was lucky to find. I had been holding on to the motor and transmission ( casting date 2 / 63 ) for some time waiting for the right parts to come to me. I drew a pencil sketch of what I wanted to end up with, basically a chopper that I owned in the 70’s and sold for a reason I can’t remember anymore. This is the ‘new and improved’ version.
 I'm the white headed guy on the right.

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And Now those Custom Built and Choppers


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1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
This bike is owed and was built by Warren Lane, Miami, FL
 

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1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
 
2003 American Ironworks Savage ST
 
 
 
2003 Custom Built 100ci Hard Tail
2003 Custom Built Motorcycles Soft Tail
2004 Correct Cycle Works Pro Street Chopper Hard Tail
2005 Custom Built Aggressor Detroit Chopper
2005 Raptor Pro Street
2006 Black Widow Pro Street
2006 Custom Built Super Radical Chopper.
2006 Titan Sidewinder SX Chopper

 
The following three bikes are owned by Paul Tognolini, who lives near Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia.
 
1942 Harley-Davidson WLA
1966-67 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovel Head
1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide
This Harley is owned by Dave Grimm, Galesburg, Illinois.  In Daves words 
"The  motorcycle was born a 1972  FX  night train I"ve owned it sence the spring of  1973, It has seen many a different look over the years. Orignal engine and transmission  have been retired into a box. As seen here, it's a 103 cubic inch with a baker six speed  behind it. I've used Harley parts altered to fit from 1948 to 2008 and homemade,
besides Hyperformance, S&S cycle, Jims, RevTech, GMA, Russel, Bub exhaust."
 
 
 
 
 
1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead
This picture was submitted by Wayne Heglar, Rixeyville,VA
1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead
This picture was submitted by Wayne Heglar, Rixeyville,VA

 
 
This Hard Tail Chopper used to be owned by Henk Bouwels, Weert, The Netherlands
It's a rigid frame type Kalle, from Sweden, frontfork is Tolle, also from Sweden (14 inch overstock) A Sportster Gastank, homemade seat, 80 spokes wheels, car tire on the back.
A'67 4 speed Tranny with a Evolution Engine bike was built in 2000.
He owned this bike for 9 years and it was sold in 2009
 
 
 
1950 Harley-Davidson EL
This bike is owned by Mike Allen, Washington, Iowa and he claimes it's his drug of choice
The bike is titled as a 1950 EL Harley Davidson. The cases are 1950 pan head cases
The top end is a   1966 shovel head  (74 in.)  1200 ccs.  4 speed transmission with a rocker clutch and slap stick shift. The frame is a 1958  drop seat swing arm frame with solid struts. The rear wheel and brake is a 1972 Harley with juice drum brakes.
The front end is 1995 Fat Boy Harley with 16 in. ape hangers and disk brakes. Carb is S&S E model shorty
1950 Harley-Davidson EL
1950 Harley-Davidson EL

 
 
 
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Douglas Daniels submitted these pictures. They were taken Harley 105th. 
He understand that it was built by a Dealer in Wisconsin.
Do we call it a V8 Harley or maybe a V 2x4 Harley
No it's called a Four-Tee-Five. For more on this crazy bike have a 
look at their web site

 
1962 Harley-Davidson Pacer (Hummer)
The Hummer was a motorcycle model manufactured by Harley-Davidson from 1955 to 1959. However, the name "Hummer" is now used generically to refer to all American-made single-cylinder two-stroke Harley-Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1948 to 1966.[1] These motorcycles were based on the DKW RT125, the drawings for which were taken from Germany as war reparations after World War II.[2] RT125 drawings were also given to the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union as war reparations, resulting in the BSA Bantam[3] and the MMZ M-1A Moskva, later known as the Minsk
Pacer 175 cc two-stroke single 19621965 175 cc replacement for the Super 10. 
A new frame with rear suspension was introduced in 1963
This picture was submitted by Mark Spencer,Modesto, CA. One just like it belonged to a friend and riding buddy, Mark Spencer, in the early 60's
Falko Strunz on his 1963 Harley-Davidson Hardtail
The actual discription for this Harley is:
"1963 Pan Head was converted bored & stroked with a 
80 Flathead Lower end. All aluminum cases were chromed, 
with dual chromed carburetors heli-arched on the left side-one
for each cylinder / lung. Tear drop gas tank; pearl-yellow."
Eric Gordon on his brother, Falko Strunz
1963 Harley-Davidson Hardtail
In later years Eric became a Kaiser fan and had three
different Kaisers.
To view these cars go to KaiserFrazer.ca
A 1920's ad made it look like a lot of fun.
I wonder how that side-car handled the roads back then?
It seems that the side car was quite popular back then
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A very early Harley Davidson 5 Wheeler
1960Harley-Davidson-Duo-GlideAd
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Popular Science March 1960
The first Harley-Davidson with a sidecar in Australia
These pictures were submitted by Lindsay McKirdy of
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
These pictures were taken back in the 1930's. His father,
(Colin) purchased it from a visiting American wrestler, 
and with a friend, went on a long journey around our country. 
It attracted a lot of attention at the time.
Lindsay's father is sitting in the sidecar in this photo.
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1942 Harley-Davidson Drawing
1960 Harley-Davidson Duo-Glide Ad
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Popular Science May 1960
In the early 1960's Harley-Davidson imported 
some models from Europe in an attempt
to compete with the Japanese
The following are a few examples.
None of these were too successful.
1961 Harley Topper Scooter
1960 Harley Topper Scooter Ad
Made from 1960-65. It had a one cylinder,
10.0 cu.in. engine (164 cc)
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1960 Harley-Davidson Topper Ad
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Porular Science July 1960
1960 Harley Topper Scooter
This scooter was powered by the engine
from the ST-165.
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1960 Harley-Davidson Topper Ad
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Popular Science February 1960
1959 Harley Davidson Lightweights 
The Hummer and the 165
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Popular Science June 1959
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1961 Harley-Davidson Topper Ad
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Science and Mechanics December 1960
1951 Harley Davidson 125
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Science and Mechanics October 1951
 
 

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers, Tucson AZ USA 

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers , Tucson AZ USA 
1927 Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle Ad
1954 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Ad

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers, Tucson AZ USA

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers, Tucson AZ USA 
1959 Harley-Davidson Duo-Glide Ad
1964 Harley-Davidson Lineup

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers, Tucson AZ USA 

This picture was submitted by Jon Moran,
Charlottesville, Virginia
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1950  brochure in Adobe pdf format 
This format will allow you to convert PDF to Word.
1966 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ad
 

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers 

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers 
1968 Harley-Davidson Lineup Ad
1968 Harley-Davidson Lineup Ad

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers 

This ad was submitted by Steven D. Myers 
1968 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ad
1968 Harley-Davidson Sportster Ad
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1953 Harley Hummer 165 with the optional
'buckhorn' handle bars
This bike is owned by Elwin Haddix of Ben Lomond, CA
Elwin said that he had one exactly like this when I was 14 years old in the 1950's and found this a couple of years ago in Indiana. He rides it weekly also. It is all original with 2,100 actual miles. I bought it from a man in his 70's and it had been in storage for decades. He repainted it "pepper red" before I bought it, which is an original Hummer color.  Fun ride.
1959 Harley-Davidson Hummer 125B
1961 Harley-Davidson Sprint
1963 Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 250 Sprint Road Racer
1961s Harley Sprint
1960's Harley Sprint
The 1955/59 Harley-Davidson 125cc Hummer
was another import used to try and compete
with the Japanese
1965 Harley-Davidson Sprint 250
   
The following bikes down to the Honda Mini Trail (except where notes) are owned or were owned by Steve Williams, Cuyahoga, Falls, Ohio  
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1965 Harley-Davidson Aermacchi
1965 Harley-Davidson Aermacchi
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1965 Harley-Davidson Aermacchi
1969 Harley-Davidso Aermacchi Rapido 125cc
This bike is owned by Shannon Sherrod
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 1972 Harley-Davidson Shortster
1972 Harley-Davidson Shortster

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 1974 Harley-Davidson X90
1974 Harley-Davidson X90
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 1975 Harley-Davidson SX 250
1975 Harley-Davidson SX 250
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 1975 Harley-Davidson SX 250
Honda Mini bikes from the 70's
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This bike is owned by Steve Williams, Cuyahoga, Falls, Ohio
He is shown along with his son in-law, Bill Pickering
This bike is all original and has never been restored.
 
 
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 1972 Harley Davidson Shortster M65cc
1972 Harley Davidson Shortster M65cc
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 1972 Harley Davidson Shortster M65cc
1972 Harley Davidson Shortster M65cc
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1970 Honda Z50 Mini Trail
1970 Honda Z50 Mini Trail
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1970 Honda Z50 Mini Trail
1970 Honda Z50 Mini Trail
   
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1963 Harley Davidson Topper
1941 Harley-Davidson Servi Car
The year may be in question.
This picture was submitted by Brian Stern.
His father Roman Stern (1922-2001) is the rider.
was taken in 1951. He was 29 years old and it was his first motorcycle. He later joined the Milwaukee police dept. and rode a Servi-car.
This Topper is owned by F. L. Seidel from
Springfield, PA. USA. It has 3700 original miles 
and is in original unrestored condition.
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1965 Harley-Davidson Sprint 250
1965 Harley-Davidson Sprint 250
This bike is owned by Jerramie Argo of Southern California
It has been in his family since he was a young kid.
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1965 Harley-Davidson Sprint 250
1965 Harley-Davidson Sprint 250
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1965 Harley-Davidson Sprint 250
1965 Harley-Davidson Sprint 250
1968 Harley Davidson Aermacchi Sprint SS 250  Before
1968 Harley Davidson Aermacchi Sprint SS 250
1968 Harley Davidson Aermacchi Sprint SS 250
1968 Harley Davidson Aermacchi Sprint SS 250
1968 Harley Davidson Aermacchi Sprint SS 250
1968 Harley Davidson Aermacchi Sprint SS 250
Memorial day 2006
This bike is owned by Keith M. 
Riverside, California USA 

The bike has only 4,150 of this model were made. It had sat outside neglected for 18+ years when I got it and even had a mouse living in the muffler. I completely disassembled it and slowly started restoing it one piece at a time. First was powdercoating the frame & swingarm. I did change a few small things from the original stock, like making it a solo seater (seat from a modern day Sportster) with a luggage rack (from a Softail) along with chroming some parts (triple tree, chain guard, tail light & other small pieces) that were originally painted black. Instead of chroming the spokes I had them done in black oxide & the spoke nipples done in yellow zinc. The metal tank emblems were originally supposed to be decals, but are the correct design style for the bike. The headlight trim ring is from a modern day Sportster that has the same headlight bucket ( I think it looks better than the original double rings). The tail light chrome ring is actually a speedometer gauge bezel and is also from a modern day Sportster (diameter was too perfect to pass that up). The vintage correct license plate I found at a swapmeet , and the license plate frame to fit it (this was the hardest piece to find for the restoration project) is from a Harley dealership from the 1960's, Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson in

Riverside, Calif. USA. They are still in business today, just in a different building & location. You should have seen the look on the dealership owners face when I took the bike there to show it off to some friends and he saw that on it, his jaw dropped the ground !!! I did have all the cables custom remade by Barnett into stainless braided. I also managed to find the original optional accessory engine guards and skid plate on ebay. I have never seen another one anywhere that has both of these options installed. The only pieces that were options that it doesnt have are a windshield and fiberglass saddlebags (which in my opinion looked to big for such a small bike).  The only thing left to do now is paint. I havent decided yet on if I want to go with the original stock design or give it a slightly custom look that still has the look of the era of the bike.  I have, so far, had it entered in 8 bike shows, as you see it, and won 6 of them without it even being painted. 

  I must give thanks to Leslie, the owner of " Moto-Italia "  in Petaluma, Calif. USA for all his knowledge about these bikes that I managed to pick out of his head. After dozens of lengthy phone conversations I met him in person and he is a great person to know. If anyone has "any"  model Aermacchi - Harley and needs anything for it he is the #1 person on the planet to contact. If he doesnt have what you need he will know where to get it.  His website is www.motomacchi.com 

 1971 Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi 
MLS Rapido 125cc
 1971 Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi
MLS Rapido 125cc
 This picture was submitted by John Powell.
John tells me that this bike was a barn find
 
1975/77 Harley-Davidson SX 250
1979 Harley-Davidson SX 250
This Harvey was submitted by Julio Soto from
Caracas, Venezuela. 
This was the last year for the SX 250 and this bike 
was bought new and is still 100% original.
1966 Harley-Davidson Bobcat
1966 Harley-Davidson Bobcat
Even the celebrities took a hand in promoting 
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