Harley-Davidson History

Harley-Davidson's long and proud history and began in the early 20. The beginnings of this American icon was very humble. In 1903, brothers Walter and Arthur Davidson along with William S. Harley built a single cylinder motorcycle in a wooden shed built by cabinet making William C. Davidson. Davidson's brother aunt Janet painted pin stripes in the first Harleys.

In 1905, Harley, to be produced in significant numbers was the silent member of Gray's name and its operation quite gray. These were 450cc motorcycles with a cylinder bike style frame.To slow down and stop when the driver had to sell the other way around.

After the official formation of the company in 1907, Arthur enrolled more than 800 dealers in ten years. These distributors were in the United States after the 48 states. Only five years after the first Harley made and sold to the Detroit Police bought a fleet of motorcycles. In 1925, over 2,500 police units in the U.S. Harley-Davidson went.

The first Harley V-twin occurred in 1909. It was an entry-over-extraction of the belt-driven motor. The first V-Twin was the 5-D model. This was the engine that would make famous Harley.

Much of the history of Harley-Davidson is the contribution to the efforts of U.S. military Harleys. In 1918, Harley supplied thousands of motorcycles to the military for use in the First World War, almost half of all Harley-Davidson produced that year were sold to the military I.. The first American to enter Germany was Roy Holtz, riding a Harley-Davidson.

Harley was involved in the races to test the reliability of their bikes. Harley's first success was in 1908 and remarkable. Walter Davidson won the Jack Pine endurance race. Not only demonstrate their reliability bike, the bike won the contest with 188 savings miles per gallon. In 1921, Harley became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of a track 100PMH plate in Fresno, CA. Another early success story was the record of Joe Petrali, which set a record at Daytona Beach 136.183MPH in 1937. The first Harley racing teams adopted a pet pig and took it in the lap of victory. This could have been the beginning of the term HOG. Racing was not always a priority for Harley, but their drivers have had great success in recent years.

In 1941 The United States joins World War II. WLA Harley produces the model, with dark lighting, the high clearance fenders and metal leg shields. Almost all of the Harley-Davidson was devoted to the departure of the military from 1941 to 1945. At the end of the war, Harley produced 88,000 WLA models for the U.S. Army and about 20,000 for Canadians.

Looking at the history of Harley-Davidson, we can not forget the Second World War, many former soldiers who returned to small town America. While production Harley-Davidson civilian during the war had ended, there was a lot of army surplus motorcycle you are buying. Many of these former soldiers began a trend toward the purchase and adaptation of these bikes. Is eliminated or reduced defenses to reduce weight. These bikes are known as Bobbers. These changes ultimately lead to the evolution of the Chopper.

After a post-war boom, sales of the company were harmed by the influx of cheaper imports Japanese and British. This competition, ironically, led to a resurgence of interest in motorcycles, which the company benefited from. Harley was bought by American Machine and Foundry (AMF) in 1969. Harley-Davidson history is full of ups and downs. Some of us are old enough to remember that Harley went through difficult times during the years of the AMF. In 1981 senior management bought the company behind the AMF.

Harley turned slowly in the 80 Harley-Davidson and now is one of the most recognized names in the world. In 1983, Harley Owners Group (HOG) was formed with 30,000 members in the first year. Now there are about a million HOG members around the world. After 105 years, Harley-Davidson is more popular than ever.

Since the maximum comfort while driving is one of the main aims of motorcycle buyers, many Harley Davidson riders are more concerned about the height of the seat. This would give them a cruise relaxed, more comfortable with the confidence that they can put their feet on the ground when needed. Yes, we can say that bikes can be ridden even without having your feet on the ground, but to keep the rider in control while maintaining full balance when in point, the height of the Harley-Davidson seat is very important.

The main objective of the seat, of course, is to keep the rider in a comfortable position while traveling. A Harley-Davidson seat is very effective in this regard. However, you may not be aware that each seat is different from one another.

That said, it should be noted that each Harley-Davidson model has a seat height.

The following list contains the seat height of 2006 Harley-Davidson models. The figure on the left is in inches. The right column is the list of 2006 Harley-Davidson models.

If you are trying to figure out what to buy, this list will help.

Motorcycle Seat Height Motorcycle Model
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30 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

28.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883R

28.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200R

27.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide FXDWGI

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic FLHTC / I

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard FLHT / I

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King FLHR / I

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883

27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide FLHTCUI

26.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Road Glide FLTRI

26.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic FLHRCI

26.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide 35th Anniversary FXDI35

26.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom FXDCI

26.6 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide FXDI

26.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883C

26.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C

26. March 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHX / I

26.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Custom FLHRS / I

26 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train FXSTB / I

26 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce FXSTD / I

26 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L

26 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

26 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Rod VRSCD

25. September 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer Classic FLSTSC / I

25.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob FXDBI

25.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic FLSTC / I

25.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail FLST / I

25.4 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy FLSTF / I

25.2 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider FXDLI

25.2 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard FXST / I

24.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer FXSTS / I

24.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe FLSTN / I

Harley introduced the first of its model F Head J, V-twin motorcycles as model 1915. Was 61 cubic inch, F-head V-twin engine with a three-speed transmission and electricity. It was the only model year to offer the model 15 Remy magneto-generator with vacuum-operated battery cutout. Harley J model selling for $ 310, making it the most expensive Harley on the market at that time. 3719 Harley motorcycles built in 1915 J model.

The price of J $ 15 1916 Harley fell from a year earlier to $ 295, and 5898 sales rose to motorcycles. There were some subtle changes in the previous model, including gas tanks with rounded edges, wider front fork, wheels strongest wheel and front wheel hub and an updated improved Model 250 Remy generator with mechanical switch. This was the first year Harley-Davidson model year stamped on the engine identification number.

Harley J 1917 saw the rise again in 1915 the original price of $ 310 as sales jumped an impressive 8527 Harley J sold. Options included a Schebler carburetor Deluxe, 26-inch wheels, the choice of Goodyear Blue Streak or Firestone tires slip and either the Troxel Jumbo saddle or Troxel Wizard saddle.

In 1918, Harley J was named J-Solo. The price rose to $ 320 in 6571 to cut motorcycle sales.

In 1919, Harley-Davidson Twin JS Sidecar added to the J only motorcycle on the street and on the side of specialty - motorcycles JA, JB, and JF. The Referee had the engine Harley, Harley JB B offered an engine, JF and offered a "500" engine. The J-Solo and Sidecar J each sold for $ 370 and sold 9. 941 between the two machines.

1920 was the year Harley J Series expanded to include the JS J-Solo and Sidecar (which now has a sidecar gearing) as well as the JF ("500" motor), JB (engine B), JE (E engine ) JA (A motor), and the first JD with 74 cubic inches larger FV-twin, and a sidecar version - the JDS. JS J and sold for $ 395 and sold 14,192 motorcycles Harley model J.

1921 saw the largest displacement JDs move in the line up, consisting of the family J, JS - Sidecar, JD Solo and JDS - Sidecar on the side of the street, and on the side of the specialty of the JA, JDA, and JE. J and JS models sold for $ 485, and the JD and JDS sold for $ 520. Sales fell to 45.26 J models, and JDS 2321. The Harley "A" engine is specified as a high speed model of the police. The "B" engine was a high compression engine for high altitude use, and "E" of the engine was a special race.

Only the J, JS-Sidecar, JD Solo and JDS - Sidecar machines continued in production models in 1922 and three specialty models - the JA, JDA and JE. Prices fell sharply to $ 365 for the Harley J and JS, and $ 390 for the JD and JDS. The production is also significantly reduced only 3,183 Harley JDs 3988 J and Harley.

The lineup remains the same in 1923 with the J, JS, JD and JDS. Models of expertise are the JDA, JE and JDCA. Prices continue to fall to $ 305 for the Harley J and JS and $ 330 for the JD and JDS. Increased sales Harley guy 4802 J and a stunning 7458 Harley JD. The folding rear fender was added to these motorcycles for convenience when changing the rear wheel.

1924 is the addition of the aluminum alloy piston and Harleys series. The training includes JE, JES Sidecar, JD, JDS Sidecar, JDCA * aluminum alloy pistons) and Sidecar JDSCA. The JE and JES price fell to $ 320, the JD and JDS uncreated to $ 335, and the JDCA JDSCA and sold for $ 345. 4994 Harley models sold JE, 2995 JD models, models 3034 and 3014 JDBC JDCA motorcycles (including beer and original Thet I have). This was the only year Harley used the box-shaped muffler large.

In 1925, Harley offers JE, JES Sidecar, JDBC and JDCBS Sidecar motorcycles. JE models selling for $ 315 and sold 4,114 motorcycles. The larger displacement JD series price was $ 335 and Harley sold 9506 of them. The new Harley J stepped down within three inches compared to previous years. Harley moved to large and rounded teardrop gas tank and added wider but smaller diameter tires gave him a look Harley JD series hoarse. Color options has not changed since 1917 - whatever the customer wanted, as long as it was Olive Drab.

Line 1926 of Harley motorcycles for J series has not changed - the result remained 4 - Only the 61-cubic-inch J & JS Sidecar - selling at $ 315, and the largest and most expensive only 74 cubic inches JD and JDS Sidecar, which sold for $ 335. The bikes sold smaller J 3749 and the largest and most expensive JD Harleys 9544 sold about the same as the previous year.It was the first year Harley offers a muffler cut to divert the exhaust gases of the pilot. These models also featured a panel of switches with a key lock and levers of control.

The line has not changed his Harley in 1927. The same four models JD J Street, but several new specialty side. Among them, the Harley JK Special Sport and Harley JDL both with the power of the generator. in 1927 sold 3561 Harley J models for $ 310, and 9691 JD motorcycles for $ 320. Harley introduced the "wasted spark" ignition this year with the distributorless ignition with a circuit breaker and a single coil of fire both spark plugs at once.

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J dominated models offers Harley in 1928. Icluded is as follows: J Solo, JS Sidecar, JX Sport Solo, JXL Only Special Sport, JH (61 cubic inches 2 CAM), Solo JD, JDS Sidecar, JDX Sport Solo, Sports JDXL Only Special, Solo JDH (74 cubic inches 2-cam). The costs were $ 310 for models J, JS, and JX, $ 320 for the JD, JDS, and JDX models, $ 325 for the JXL, $ 335 for the $ JDXL, 360 for the JH and $ 390 for JDH. 4184 Harley J sold and an impressive 11,007 JD motorcycles too. This was the year Harley made the front brake and 2-cam hot rod JH and JDH models.

1929 was the last year to sell Harley motorcycles Series J. In 1929, Harley offer the J-series models include: J Solo, JH 2-cam Solo, JS Sidecar, Solo JD, JDS Sidecar, JDH 2-cam Solo. Harley also offers JDXL JXL, motorcycles and JDF. The J series sold for $ 310, $ 320 models and JD JDH sold it for $ 370. A total of 13,068 motorcycles were sold and JD J series in 1929. He was the only year equpped J Series standard with dual bullet headlights, electric breaker panel and an ammeter on the handlebars, and tube 4 "Pan or" Pipes "muffler created.