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The Thrill Of Harley Davidson Motorcycles

When it comes to motorcycles, the top known brand is Harley Davidson. Harleys are distinctive in design and attract a loyal following. Bikers who are not fans contend that the bikes are badly engineered, under-powered and under-performing. But in reality Harleys are designed for long, low-speed cruising on flat, straight roads. And Harley is a name that smacks of prestige and success and tradition and longevity and power. And sound! There’s the unique sound of a Harley that speaks volumes about the name.

The Harley Davidson Motor Company was officially founded on August 28, 1903 by, strangely enough, two guys named Harley and Davidson (plus Davidson’s two brothers). Production started in Milwaukee, where it in fact continues today. Incidentally, a few years ago Harley celebrated their 100th anniversary, quite an accomplishment. And nowhere was the celebration bigger than in hometown Milwaukee, where thousands of motorists congregated for the celebration over Labor Day weekend.

Harley grew by leaps and bounds. They were the motorcycles of choice for police forces in the US and abroad. Harleys were used extensively in combat in World War I. By 1920, Harley Davidson was officially the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. And they were only one of two American cycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression in 1929.

In the 70s, the Japanese had developed motorcycles that were far superior to the Harleys. As a result, Harley Davidson very nearly declared bankruptcy. However, Harleys improved their quality and craftsmanship, exploited the “retro” appeal of the machines, and eventually turned themselves around to being once again among the leaders in motorcycle mania everywhere,

Harley History – The Amazing Harley J Motorcycles

Harley History – The Amazing Harley J Motorcycles

Harley introduced the first of its J model F Head, V-twin motorcycles as a 1915 model. It was a 61 cubic inch, F-head, V-twin engine with a three-speed transmission and electric lighting. It was the only year model to feature the Remy Model 15 magneto-generator with vacuum-operated battery cutout. The J Model Harley retailed for $310, making it the most expensive Harley motorcycle on the market at the time. Harley built 3,719 Model J motorcycles in 1915.

The price for the 1916 Harley J dropped $15 from the previous year to $295, and sales climbed to 5,898 motorcycles. There were some subtle changes over the previous model, including gas tanks with rounded edges, wider front forks, stronger wheel rims and an improved front wheel hub, and an upgrade to the Remy Model 250 generator with mechanical switch. This was the first year Harley-Davidson stamped the model year into the engine identification number.

1917 saw the Harley J increase back to the original 1915 price of $310 as sales soared to an impressive 8,527 Harley J motorcycles sold. Options included a Schebler Deluxe carburetor, 26 inch wheels, choice of Goodyear Blue Streak or Firestone Non-Skid tires and either the Troxel Jumbo saddle or Troxel Wizard saddle.

In 1918 the Harley J was renamed the J-Solo. The price climbed to $320 as sales trimmed to 6,571 motorcycles.

In 1919 Harley-Davidson added the JS Sidecar Twin to the J Solo motorcycle for the street and on the specialty side – the JA, JB, and JF motorcycles. The JA featured the Harley A motor, the JB featured a Harley B motor, and the JF featured a “500” motor. The J-Solo and J Sidecar each sold for $370 and sold 9,941 machines between the two.

1920 was the year Harley expanded the J series to include the J-Solo and JS-Sidecar (which now has sidecar gearing) plus the JF (“500” motor), JB (B motor), JE (E motor), JA (A motor), and the first JD with the larger 74 cubic inch F-Head V-twin as well as a sidecar version – the JDS. The J and JS sold for $395 and Harley sold 14,192 J model motorcycle.

1921 saw more larger displacement JDs move into the line up, which consisted of the J Solo, the JS – Sidecar, JD Solo and JDS – Sidecar on the street side, and on the specialty side the JA, JDA, and JE. The J and JS models sold for $485, and the JD and JDS sold for $520. Sales declined to 45,26 J models, and 2,321 JDs. The Harley “A” motor was specified as a high speed Police model. The “B” motor was a high compression motor for high altitude use, and the “E” motor was a special racing one.

The J Solo, JS -Sidecar, JD Solo and JDS – Sidecar machines continued in production as 1922 models, as did three specialty models – the JA, JDA and JE. Prices dropped considerably to $365 for the Harley J and JS, and to $390 for the JD and JDS. Production dropped considerably also to only 3,183 Harley J motorcycles and 3,988 Harley JDs.

The line up stays about the same in 1923 with the J, JS, JD and JDS. Specialty models are the JDA, JE and JDCA. Prices continue to drop to $305 for the Harley J and JS and to $330 for the JD and JDS. Sales increased tio 4,802 Harley J motorcycles and to an impressive 7,458 Harley JD motorcycles. The hinged rear fender was added to these motorcycles for convenience when changing the rear wheel.

1924 finds the addition of the aluminum alloy pistoned E series Harleys. The line up includes the JE, JES Sidecar, JD, JDS Sidecar, JDCA *aluminum alloy piston) and JDSCA Sidecar. The JE and JES priced dropped to $320, the JD and JDS increaed to $335, and the JDCA and JDSCA sold for $345. Harley sold 4,994 JE models, 2,995 JD models, 3,034 JDCB models and 3,014 JDCA motorcycles (including and original pint one thet I own). This was the only year Harley used the large box shaped muffler.

In 1925 Harley offered the JE, JES Sidecar, JDCB and JDCBS Sidecar motorcycles. The JE models retailed for $315 and sold 4,114 motorcycles. The larger displacement JD series price was $335 and Harley sold 9,506 of them. The new Harley J frame lowered the saddle three inches compared to earlier years. Harley moved to larger and rounded teardrop gas tanks and added wider but smaller diameter tires to gave the Harley JD series a huskier look. Color choices did not change since 1917 – anything the customer wanted, as long as it was Olive Drab.

The 1926 Harley line up for the J series motorcycles did not change – the proven 4 remained – the 61 cubic inch J Solo & JS Sidecar – which retailed at $315, and the larger and more expensive 74 cubic inch JD Solo and JDS Sidecar which sold for $335. The smaller J motorcycles sold 3,749 and the larger and more expensive JD Harleys sold 9,544 about the same as the previous year.It was the first year Harley offered a muffler cutout to deflect the exhaust gasses away from the rider. These models also featured a switch panel with a key lock and control levers.

The line up did not change for Harley in 1927. The same four J and JD models for the street but several new ones on the specialty side. They included the Harley JK Special Sport and the Harley JDL both with generator ignition. in 1927 Harley sold 3,561 J models for $310, and 9,691 JD motorcycles for $320. Harley introduced the “wasted spark” ignition this year with the distributorless ignition using a circuit breaker and single coil to fire both spark plugs at the same time.

The J models dominated Harley’s offerings in 1928. It icluded the following: J Solo, JS Sidecar, JX Sport Solo, JXL Special Sport Solo, JH (61 cubic inch 2 cam), JD Solo, JDS Sidecar, JDX Sport Solo, JDXL Special Sport Solo, JDH Solo (74 cubic inch 2-cam). Costs were $310 for the J, JS, & JX models, $320 for the JD, JDS, and JDX models, $325 for the JXL, $335 for the JDXL, $360 for the JH and $390 for the JDH. 4,184 Harley J models sold and an impressive 11,007 JD motorcycles too. This was the year Harley introduced the front brake and the hot rod 2-cam JH and JDH models.

1929 was the last year for Harley to sell the J series motorcycles. In 1929 Harley offered the following J series models: J Solo, JH 2-cam Solo, JS Sidecar, JD Solo, JDS Sidecar, JDH 2-cam Solo. Harley also offered the JXL, JDXL and JDF motorcycles. The J series sold for $310, The JD models for $320 and the JDH sold for $370. All told they sold 13,068 J and JD series motorcycles in 1929. It was the only year the J series were factory equpped with the dual bullet headlights, the electric switch panel and ammeter on the handlebars, and the 4 tube “Pan o’ Pipes” exhaust muffler set up.

Why The Harley Davidson Motorcycle Is More Popular Than Ever Before

With more than one hundred years notched on their belt, Harley Davidson is praised with building the best motorcycle on the planet. There is little doubt that they deserve the acclaim.

Arthur Davidson and William Harley dreamed of creating a “motorized bicycle” in their early adulthood. Test models were created and failed miserably, but this never deterred the boys from achieving their goal. Despite early models requiring foot power on hills, Harley and Davidson continued striving to create the “motorized bicycle” that they knew would become a success.

By 1906, the first fifty motorcycles were manufactured. A few years later, they followed with a line of motorcycles for police and military use. Short of a slowdown in the 1970s, Harley Davidson never stopped tweaking and improving their models. Today, Harley Davison produces millions of motorcycles for use on every corner of the world.

The distinct engine roar and loud vibrations through their tailpipes allow onlookers to hear the motorcycle far before it is visible. Listening to the strength of a Harley Davidson engine is an experience few will forget.

Three motorcycle nicknames were established courtesy of Harley Davidson. “Choppers” were born when the angle of the motorcycle’s front fork was extended allowing the handlebars to sit further back. “Hogs” became aptly named for the extra room used to transport racing pigs without switching to a larger vehicle. Who said people are the only ones who can ride a Harley? “Harleys” offered a shorter, catchier way to name a motorcycle manufactured by Harley Davidson.

Every March, Harley Davidson takes the Daytona by storm. June brings the Harleys to New England by way of Laconia, New Hampshire. Sturgis, South Dakota becomes a home away from home for many riders every August. Thousands of Harley Davidson’s enthusiasts attend these gatherings. Many leave with dreams of having their own bike customized to match what they have seen on other bikes.

In 1983, H.O.G., The Harley Owners Group, formed its first chapter. Today more than 1,000 chapters are in existence and more than one million members share their love of these bikes, whether they own one or not. The devotion to this fine brand is proven, and you do not have to be among the elite to enjoy all there is to Harley Davidson. There are also a slew of online forums and websites devoted to Harley Davidson. Not even Yamaha, BMW, Victory, or Honda come close to having the same fan base.

Even if you cannot afford a Harley, you can still show your enthusiasm for the maker by purchasing items from their merchandise line. All of these items help contribute to Harley Davidson’s $5 billion revenue every year. Hey, the advertising helps too! Not that Harley Davidson is hurting for promotion.

Harley Davidson truly is the reigning champion of motorcycle manufacturers. What others strive to achieve in their lifetime, Harley Davidson has conquered.

Discover How You Can Enhance Your Motorcycle With Harley Davidson Wheels

Harley Davidson wheels give your bike that additional edge of performance and they enhance the visual appeal of the bike as well. Harley is a bike most bike lovers will give their right arm for. These bikes have been popular among bike fanatics the world over and they can even be called a collector’s item because many people collect original models including the vintage ones as well.

If you have a Harley Davidson motorcycle then you should take the time, effort and spend the money for its proper upkeep and maintenance. The maintenance bit includes the spare parts which bike owners keep changing for their bikes to give them more speed, a designer look and ease of handling. If you have a Harley bike then it is best you use the parts or accessories meant for it like Harley Davidson wheels. You will find these wheels which are specifically designed for bikes of this make and they fit and run like a dream.

It isn’t very difficult to get your hands on Harley Davidson wheels. They are available at any Harley original store as well as other well known bike parts store. You can even get your wheels custom made to fit your motorcycle easily. This calls for spending more time and effort with your bike in the garage. Many bike enthusiast love to do all the repair and maintenance work for their Harleys themselves. So all they do is purchase the particular Harley tire for their motorcycle and then fix it themselves. Motorcycles have a little bit of extra risk attached to them when it comes to four wheelers. There is more of a chance that the rider of a motorcycle will be injured in case of an accident when compared to passengers in a car. Now this also depends on the severity of the accident and the impact of the collision if any but still it pays to take the necessary precautions while riding on motorcycles. More care should be taken if using the motor cycle on freeways and highways.

Fitting your motorcycle with the best quality parts pays to ensure your safety. When you know that you have installed a high quality and durable part in your bike then you can be a little at ease knowing that the part will not fail or give way all of a sudden leading to disastrous consequences. The same goes to say for a Harley Davidson wheel. They are made from the best quality rubber and the manufacture process they go through ensures their toughness and durability.

Any model of a Harley bike will have a unique set of tires and you will always find spare and extra tires for your Harley Davidson bike. You have to go to the right places looking for it and these are Harley service centers, the stores and other popular bike parts store. Harley Davidson wheels will never fail you and they will also give your bike that “cool bike” appearance.

Buying a Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Over the years I have owned and ridden many other makes of motorcycles in all engine sizes. None of them had the look, feel, ride or sound that I get from my 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster. Now I’m not a Harley owner that’s knocking other brands either, I still own an older Yamaha 650 that I will probably never part with. I bought my Sportster because I like the bikes style, the low center of gravity, the rumble of the exhaust and riding it. I purchased it new in 2004 and before doing so I did a little reading on what the bike is all about, how it works and what it can and can’t do. I take pride in owning it and have it serviced from top to bottom every six months and plan on keeping it for at least the next ten years. The best part about that is years down the road when and if I do decide to sell it, I will probably get what i paid for it.

Years back Harley Davidson had a bad reputation for reliability and quality. Today if you take a good look at the fit and finish of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, I think you will be impressed. The paint, chrome and style all show excellent workmanship. As far as engine and drive train reliability go, my 2004 now has over six thousand miles on it and has never needed an engine repair, proper service at regular intervals pay off. If you can not afford to maintain a motorcycle properly then don’t buy one.

As far as resale value, the Harley Davidson models may cost more at original purchase than other makes but have a proven track record of selling at higher prices used than comparable makes. I know from past experience that on the Sportster models you own it for a number of years, take good care of it and sell it for just about what you paid for it. See you in August at Sturgis!

You Can Have the Best Looking Motorcycle With Harley Davidson Stickers!

If you are a bike fanatic then you definitely must be a fan of Harley Davidson stickers for your bike. These stickers are many kinds and they can be used for your bike or your jacket or even your other accessories. Having a bike and zipping on it is the bream of many bikers and if you own one then you have the ultimate bike. There are many two wheeler enthusiasts who collect these bikes as a passion. It is a well known name in the field of bikes and two wheelers. In fact these bikes come in many models and versions and they have been around for a long time. First these bikes were available only in the U.S but now you can import original Harley motorcycles from any part of the world. You can get an amazing range of Harley Davidson stickers at any local or online store. These are stores which are exclusively for Harley Davidson motorcycles, motorcycles parts and other accessories like helmets and jackets.

Whether it is an online store or an actual one you are visiting, the experience can be surreal. You will get all the original bikes, bike parts, bike gear, and accessories at the store. Visiting the store, browsing all the great accessories, trying out these accessories can be one great experience if you are an avid Harley Davidson fan.

The Harley Davidson stickers are many and they are easy to use. Most of these stickers come with a removable back glue patch and you just have to remove the patch and stick the sticker wherever you want to. They are of extremely good quality and they will last for a long time to come. People use these stickers on their bikes, helmets, tire caps, front handle bar and many other places. People like to use these stickers on other parts like their T shirts and jackets. These stickers come into use even on stationary, walls and furniture like cupboards. Some people like to put up these stickers on their garage walls where they keep their bikes part or where they work on restoring their bikes.

It is a brand name on its own and a Harley Davidson bike is identified immediately. These are very powerful machines which are put together by bike fanatics as well. You would not find a bike enthusiast who does not own one of it. The bike is sturdy, gives good mileage with a powerful engine and it is also stylish. Many people buy these bikes only for the visual appeal. These bikes look great on the road and they add that touch of class. Anyone who sits on a Harley Davidson will look stylish and classy whether he knows to ride it or not. And if he does know how to ride one then it is an additional bonus.

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