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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.).

Harley-Davidson Styling Chief Willie G. Davidson to Retire


Press Release
March 16, 2012

After nearly 50 years as head of styling, Willie G. Davidson is retiring from Harley-Davidson on April 30, 2012. Willie G., Senior Vice President and Chief Styling Officer, is widely recognized as a legend in the world of motorcycling and motorcycle design. He will continue his involvement with the company... Read more »

2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod 10th Anniversary Road Test

H-D is celebrating with a 10th Anniversary edition of its hot-rod, drag-styled V-Rod, with an engine The Motor Company refers to as the Revolution, a play on the earlier Evolution air-cooled Big Twins.

Bill Stermer
March 1, 2012

I’ll never forget the first time I rode a Harley-Davidson V-Rod. It was in the summer of 2001, just after the 2002 models had been introduced. I had ridden it up to Santa Barbara, California, and was just rolling along a surface street when a motor cop on a Harley dresser, coming the other way, made... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Announces 110th Anniversary Celebrations in 2013


Press Release
February 7, 2012

Harley-Davidson will celebrate 110 years of American-built motorcycles and epic riding experiences with an array of global events and activities in 2013. Among the events during the year-long celebration will be a rally in Rome, Italy, June 13-16, and a massive party over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 –... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Releases Two Mid 2012 Models: Seventy-Two and Softail Slim

2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two

Greg Drevenstedt
February 2, 2012

At Harley-Davidson’s West Coast unveiling of two mid 2012 models, at well-known biker hangout Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon, California, Paul James, Director of Consumer Influence and Product Communications, was the bearer of good news. Sales and profits were up, Harley’s 110th anniversary was... Read more »

2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback Road Test

2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback right side action

Mark Tuttle
October 21, 2011

[This 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback Road Test was originally published in the November 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Helmet: Nolan N103 / Jacket: Cortech Piuma / Pants: Tourmaster Decker On the face of it, the central feature of Harley’s new 2012 Switchback seems simple enough. A quick-release... Read more »

2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra: Road Test

Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Mark Tuttle
September 1, 2011

Knowing the model names associated with Harley-Davidson’s cryptic “alpha” designations for its motorcycle models can make for quite the trivia contest at parties. Yell out “FLSTSB” and see how quickly that Motor Company tattooed enthusiast in the corner can come up with “Cross Bones,” or... Read more »

2012 Harley-Davidsons – First Ride

2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback

Rider Magazine
August 19, 2011

Spanning six model families plus the Custom Vehicle Operations division, the 2012 Harley-Davidson lineup is jam packed with more iron than a steel mill, 32 models in all. The big news, literally, is that the Twin Cam 103 V-twin, which boosts displacement by 7 percent (to 1,690cc) and claimed torque by... Read more »

1949-1957 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Retrospective

1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide right side beauty

Clement Salvadori
August 15, 2011

story and photography by Clement Salvadori [This 1949-1957 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Retrospective was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider] Year/model: 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide. Owner: John Hackley, Arroyo Grande, California. Following World War II, Harley was on a roll.... Read more »

2012 Harley-Davidson CVOs – First Look

2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom

Rider Magazine
July 20, 2011

Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) unit designs limited-production factory customs. CVO bikes are decked out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, high-output audio and Harley’s largest-displacement production V-twin, the fuel-injected Twin Cam 110, rated at 122 lb-ft of torque. 2012 Harley-Davidson... Read more »

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster, Touring & Trike – First Look

Rider Magazine
July 7, 2011

Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike and Sportster lines to its U.S. dealers. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately. Additional 2012 models will be announced in July. 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom The six 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster... 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.