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Harley-Davidson motorcycles, founded in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson, is the largest American motorcycle manufacturer and the world's oldest continuously operating motorcycle manufacturer. The company is still headquartered in Milwaukee, in the same location on Juneau Avenue since 1906. In 2008 Harley-Davidson opened a large museum in downtown Milwaukee that coincided with the company's 105th anniversary celebrations. Harley-Davidson motorcycle reviews depict one of the world's most recognizable brands, and the company has a very loyal, brand-centric community, organized in part through the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.).

Cutting-Edge Cruisers: Snapshots

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing)

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing) There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Designed for smaller, shorter riders, the Harley offers a lower seat height and brings the grips in closer. With its classic style and air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin motor, the Harley-Davidson has served as the iconic American-made motorcycle for more than 110 years. In its current form, the motor displaces... Read more »

2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler: Ridden & Rated

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

As the only OEM other than BRP building trikes in-house, Harley-Davidson satisfies some of the growing demand for three-wheelers. Following the release of the Low Rider, SuperLow 1200T and Street 500/750 earlier this year, Harley-Davidson recently launched its full 2015 lineup in Sonoma, California.... Read more »

The Road Glide Returns for 2015

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Rider Magazine Staff
August 1, 2014

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide After a one-year absence, Harley-Davidson will bring the venerable Road Glide back to its Touring family for 2015 with all of the improvements and updates from Project Rushmore as well as an all-new “sharknose” fairing that is the bike’s signature component. Harley... Read more »

Harley-Davidson’s Project LiveWire: First Ride

Harley-Davidson's Project LiveWire

Jon Langston
June 30, 2014

Harley-Davidson’s Project LiveWire. (Photos courtesy of Harley-Davidson) Harley-Davidson’s 21st century vision that began with Project Rushmore’s liquid-cooled V-twin and then carried over with the recent introduction of the world-friendly Street 750 and 500 has continued with the surprise... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Street XG750 and XG500—First Ride

Street 750

Jon Langston
June 30, 2014

  Nimble and quiet, the new Street 750—Harley’s first all-new platform since the V-Rod—is drastically unlike any Harley-Davidson ever built. Harley-Davidson used the youthful stage of the Summer X Games in the great American city of Austin, Texas, to debut the Street 750, its first clean-sheet... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Unveils an Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire

Rider Magazine Staff
June 19, 2014

Harley-Davidson’s Project LiveWire is an electric bike that the public will get to ride and evaluate, guiding its future development and viability. No, it’s not April Fool’s Day, and as far as we know, hell hasn’t frozen over. That headline is true: Harley-Davidson has unveiled an electric... Read more »

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson FXLR Low Rider Custom: 1987-1994

Year/Model: 1994 Harley-Davidson FXLR Low Rider Custom; Owner: Terry Bowen, Atascadero, California.

Clement Salvadori
June 5, 2014

Low Rider. Catchy name. Some readers might remember the chopped and channeled craze in automobile styling back in the ’50s and ’60s. Willie G. took that to heart when he developed the very first Low Rider, the FXS, back in 1977. It was all about the look, as if one of Harley’s own Super Glides... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T—First Ride Review

Harley-Davidson 2014

Jon Langston
March 27, 2014

The Low Rider (left) returns for 2014 with an adjustable seat, handlebar and more forward footpegs. New SuperLow 1200T (right) brings more power and touring goodies to the ultra-low Sportster platform. (Photos by Riles & Nelson) Despite the traditional stereotypes, younger riders and women make up... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T – First Look Review

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider in Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black

Greg Drevenstedt
March 6, 2014

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider in Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black On the eve of Daytona Bike Week, an event that traditionally kicks off the riding season, Harley-Davidson has announced two new models for 2014: the Low Rider and the Sportster SuperLow 1200T. When the FXS Low Rider debuted back in 1977, it... Read more »

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Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Harley-Davidson motorcycle reviews emphasize classically styled cruisers and touring motorcycles, nearly all of which are powered by air-cooled, 45-degree V-twins (the lone exception is the liquid-cooled V-Rod).


Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Standouts

The Harley-Davidson Sportster, introduced in 1957, is one of the longest-running and perhaps most widely known models in Harley's lineup; with 883cc or 1,200cc engines, Sportsters are smaller than Harley's "Big Twins," making them less expensive as well as popular among newer and younger riders. Harley-Davidson's FL, or Touring, line of motorcycles includes the Road King, Road Glide, Street Glide and Electra Glide, and with their windscreens, fairings (on some) and saddlebags they are among the most popular models for hitting the open road. The 1992 Harley-Davidson V-Rod, or VRSC, introduced the 60-degree Revolution V-twin, an engine jointly developed with Porsche that was the first to be offered by Harley with overhead cams and liquid cooling.

After Harley-Davidson motorcycle road tests, the Heritage Softail Classic became Rider's 2000 Motorcycle of the Year because it introduced the more powerful, markedly smoother counterbalanced Twin Cam 88B V-twin, as well as a stiffer chassis, better brakes and other refinements.

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