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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.).

2016 Harley-Davidsons First Ride Review

Project Rushmore upgrades include a beefier fork, lighter cast wheels, Reflex linked brakes with ABS, One-Touch latches and more. (Photography by Riles & Nelson)

Mark Tuttle
September 2, 2015

Project Rushmore upgrades include a beefier fork, lighter cast wheels, Reflex linked brakes with ABS, One-Touch latches and more. (Photography by Riles & Nelson) Just two years after thoroughly updating its Touring lineup under the Project Rushmore banner, for 2016 Harley-Davidson is launching three... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Announces its 2016 Lineup

2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and Forty-Eight

Rider Magazine Staff
August 23, 2015

Harley-Davidson’s lineup expands for 2016, with two new Dark Custom models, two new S Series limited-edition cruisers and the return of the Road Glide Ultra. Elsewhere in the lineup are improvements in performance, styling and features to existing models. 2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and Forty-Eight 2016... Read more »

Rider Comparo: 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited | 2015 Honda Gold Wing | 2015 Indian Roadmaster

Cresting June Lake Loop (California Route 158), with the snowcapped eastern Sierra Nevada in the background, are three of the biggest, most luxurious touring bikes available. Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide Ultra Limited (left) has roots that go back to the original Electra Glide of 1965 and the introduction of the Batwing fairing in 1969. Honda’s Gold Wing GL1800 (center) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Though it shares a name with the original from 1947, the Indian Roadmaster (right) is a new model for 2015.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 5, 2015

Cresting June Lake Loop (California Route 158), with the snowcapped eastern Sierra Nevada in the background, are three of the biggest, most luxurious touring bikes available. Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide Ultra Limited (left) has roots that go back to the original Electra Glide of 1965 and the introduction... Read more »

2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited

Decked out in Radioactive Green (the custom color costs $1,300 extra), the Ultra Limited cuts a classic V-twin touring cruiser profile.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 5, 2015

Decked out in Radioactive Green (the custom color costs $1,300 extra), the Ultra Limited cuts a classic V-twin touring cruiser profile. When Harley-Davidson launched Project Rushmore for 2014, the customer-driven enhancement program was said to be the most extensive and important in the company’s 110-year... Read more »

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero: 1967-197

Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clement Salvadori
March 3, 2015

Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee. This is one cool-looking motorcycle, with Harley-Davidson writ large on the gas tank and molded into the crankcases. A bit on the small side, but what the heck—if you were the coolest newspaper boy in town,... Read more »

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special — Road Test Review

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special

Greg Drevenstedt
November 11, 2014

Subtle, hand-laid pinstripes and many factory options distinguish this Road Glide Special from the base model. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson released the entry-level, liquid-cooled Street 500/750 cruisers and unveiled the Project LiveWire electric bike, making clear its desire... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Riding Academy

Harley-Davidson Street 500

James Parchman
September 8, 2014

Remember the Coca-Cola commercial that began with young vocalists harmonizing, “I’d like to teach the world to sing” and ending with, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke”? It helped put the brand on the international stage. Well, take out the harmony, and cue up some American rock ’n’ roll... Read more »

Cutting-Edge Cruisers—Snapshots Reviews

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 »

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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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