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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.).

2010 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Road Test

2010 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

Rider Contributor
January 6, 2010

[This 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Road Test was originally published as a web-exclusive on AmericanRider.com] Sometimes you just want to ride. You don’t want to make a statement, cause a scene, or otherwise disrupt a fun time. Well, Mr., Mrs., Miss, or, Ms., the 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHR... Read more »

2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Road Test [American Rider]

Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic

Clement Salvadori
December 12, 2009

[This 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] Back in 1967 I bought a three-wheeled ’56 Harley Servi-Car from a car dealer who was selling cheap. I was living in Monterey, California, at the time, and it was an entertaining round-town... Read more »

2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom Road Test

2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Roade Glide Custom in action

Rider Contributor
November 17, 2009

[This 2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] 2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom Hot rodders are an interesting breed in their willingness to compromise a little comfort here or a little handling there in order to achieve their... Read more »

2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Road Test

2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic

Clement Salvadori
October 20, 2009

photography by the author and Brian Rathjen [This 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Road Test was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Aftermarket trike conversions have been around for many years, but now you can pop... Read more »

2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones Road Test

2010 FLSTSB Cross Bones

Rider Contributor
October 19, 2009

[This 2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] Using a single engine design, the TC96B, and one basic frame, Harley-Davidson produces seven different Softail models. Possibly the most distinctive of these is the 2010 FLSTSB Cross Bones. With... Read more »

2010 Harley-Davidson CVO model launch

2010 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE5 CVO Ultra Electra Glide

Rider Magazine
September 15, 2009

[This 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO model launch was originally published in American Rider magazine] If you are “accomplished,” an “achiever,” “exclusivity-driven” and “affluent,” Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations wants you. And you had better have heavy emphasis on the “affluent”... Read more »

2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Springer Softail Road Test

2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Springer Softail

Reg Kittrelle, Rider Contributer
September 15, 2009

[This 2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Springer Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] If your family name is Croesus then plunking down $27,000 for the 2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Springer will require nothing more than a simple draw from petty cash. The Kittrelle family,... Read more »

Factory Custom Comparo: Harley-Davidson Rocker C, Victory Vegas Jackpot, Star Raider S, Honda Fury

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Rider Contributor
August 18, 2009

photography by Scott Hirko [This Harley, Victory, Star, Honda Factory Custom Comparo was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Rider magazine] It all started in 1971, when Harley-Davidson introduced the Super Glide, a new model with a big 1,200cc V-twin shovelhead motor and a large fiberglass... Read more »

2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic Road Test

2009 FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

Rider Magazine
August 10, 2009

[This 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] The 2009 FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic is probably Harley-Davidson’s most traditional model. Facing the wind with its large headlight flanked by driving lights, its white sidewall tires... Read more »

1300-miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200: PART TWO

1300-miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200: PART TWO

Rider Contributor
August 5, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [This 1300-miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200 Road Test was originally published in American Rider] Packed to the max I left home at 5:15 a.m. on Friday, July 24, aboard a Harley-Davidson XR1200. Destination Denver, four days hence. If you read the first article I posted you’ll... 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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