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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.).

American Baggers Comparison: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special vs Indian Chieftain vs Victory Cross Country

Harley, Indian and Victory

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

The 2014 Indian Chieftain (left), Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special (center) and Victory Cross Country provide upper-body wind protection and luggage capacity for the long road. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Functional, big-inch V-twin baggers are all the rage these days. In addition to lots of style, these... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

2014 H-D Street Glide Special

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

Through Project Rushmore, the Street Glide Special gets a new 49mm fork, 103ci high-output motor and Reflex Linked ABS. (Photos by Kevin Wing) A four-year effort by Harley-Davidson called Project Rushmore has culminated in a number of features and improvements to the 2014 touring models, including the... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Street 750 Makes Ice-Racing Debut at X Games Aspen (VIDEO)

Flat track racer Brad Baker and the Harley-Davidson Street 750 with studded tires.

Rider Staff
January 23, 2014

Harley-Davidson’s all-new Street 750, one of two models in the company’s first new motorcycle platform in 13 years, makes its debut today at the winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Harley-Davidson, one of the newest X Games sponsors, has teamed up with ESPN to feature motorcycle ice racing as an X... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited—Rider Test

2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited-

Greg Drevenstedt
December 3, 2013

Familiar but different. Iconic Batwing fairing has been restyled and now has a slipstream vent, the headlight and fog lights are LEDs, and the fairing lowers now conceal twin radiators for the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine (filling the space previously occupied by storage compartments). In... Read more »

Harley-Davidson’s All-New Street 500 and 750

Harley-Davidson Street 750.

Mark Tuttle
November 5, 2013

Harley-Davidson will launch its first all-new platform and sixth model family next year with “Street” 750 and Street 500 motorcycles based on a new liquid-cooled Revolution X engine. With very low price tags and seat heights, the Street line is aimed at young-adult urban riders looking for a nimble... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidsons: Project Rushmore

Precision liquid cooling helps stabilize cylinder head temperatures in the 2014 Harley Ultra Limited. All of the new baggers get restyled front fenders, fairings and luggage, too.

Mark Tuttle
August 28, 2013

Like a cavalry charge of the Rough Riders led by Teddy Roosevelt waving his cowboy hat in the air, Harley-Davidson recently launched eight new Touring models under the auspicious banner “Project Rushmore,” a customer-driven enhancement effort it is unabashedly calling the largest and most important... Read more »

H-D Announces Major Changes to Eight Touring Models for 2014

2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide.

Press Release
August 19, 2013

This morning Harley-Davidson announced some major changes to eight models in its touring lineup for 2014; the press release is below. Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle is attending the international launch in Colorado and will have more details this evening after the press conference. **PRESS RELEASE** In... Read more »

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson Sportster with Boat-Tail Option: 1970-1971

1970 Harley-Davidson Sportster H with boat-tail option.

Clement Salvadori
June 6, 2013

In the rarified world of new motorcycle models, at least back in 1969, there were two aspects to be considered. One dealt with performance, the other with styling. And in 1969, young Willie G. Davidson, grandson of a founder of the Harley-Davidson company, was made head of the styling department. Motorcycle... Read more »

Harley-Davidson’s 2013 FXDB Street Bob Tour Test

The re-constructed bell-tower tells the traveler that he has arrived at Mission San Miguel.

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2013

“Give me a road-trip report,” says Editor Tuttle, tossing me the keys to the Harley Street Bob. “Let me know if the modifications we asked for made it into a decent cruiser-touring bike.” Bob is your basic big twin, styled like a 1950s bobber, when it was the fashion to cut down, or bob, the... Read more »

Harley-Davidson’s H-D1 Program

I found the two-up seat to be very comfy, but the rear part did not get high points from my passenger.

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2013

The Street Bob is the least expensive of Harley’s big twins at $12,999, but it and the Sportster 1200 Custom can be ordered with enough options using the HD-1 program to take them in many directions, be it even more custom cruiser, cruiser tourer or something in between. You choose from the factory... 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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