Harley-Davidson celebrates a pretty impressive birthday this year – 110 years is a serious number. In the motorcycle world this was the company that made everything, and by everything we mean created and developed ways of producing the best vehicles possible. Did you know Harley-Davidson was the Company that invented a motorcycle as we know it today?
It all started with finding solutions for transportation problems of a pre-war America. Then the company started building sport motorcycles that established speed records. Then was the revolution in Japanese motorcycle industry made possible because of Harley-Davidson’s technical drawings. During World War II Harley served in army, and when the war was over started the cycle of developing, producing and serving motorcycles again. This time the motorcycle line was supplemented with scooters, snowmobiles and innovative models.
That was the time when style became as important as speed.
Bikes were slowly transforming from just a vehicle you drove to get from one point to another into a source of pride, worship and self-expression. The bike’s owners wanted to express their unique style by making their vehicles personal and different.
Mr. Harley carefully observed the changes that occurred in American culture. He was more than interested in bikes and appropriate music that was played on the Gibson guitars. This was the time to present a very important option to every American biker, a unique and exclusive Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was not only powerful and reliable, but also had a great design everyone was looking for.
Harley represents a true nature of a biker; this is freedom on wheels, independence equipped with powerful engine. If you had a Harley-Davidson, you had everything there was to have back then. This also is true in our days.
There’s no doubt Harley-Davidson Company deserves a special place in the automobile history. After all, it gave us the freedom to feel the speed and be true to ourselves. And that’s something not every auto manufacturer has to offer.