5 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About The Harley Davidson

Harley-Davidson Inc. has been around for so long (113 years to be precise) that the smallest details of the brand have made the news. You’ll be surprised to know about some of the lesser known facts. Prepare to be amazed!

Fact 1: Harley manufactured bicycles

Yes, you read that right. From 1916 to 1921, the brand manufactured bicycles. They were stout as well as stylish. However, the expensive price of the bicycles was a problem. The market had lots of competitors which caused Harley to cease the production eventually.

PS: Harley Davidson also made a motor scooter called Topper!

Ralph R. Hepburn on a Harley bicycle

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The Harley Davidson Topper Scooter

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Fact 2: Mass production of the Harley motorcycles started in 1905

Although the first bike was manufactured in 1903 and two more were finished in the same year, Harley’s first mass production started in 1905. The company produced a total of 8 motorcycles.

Fact 3: The US Government used Harley motorcycles during the World War I

Besides the Indian, Harley motorcycles were heavily used in the WWI. From 1917 to the end of the war, about one-half of the motorcycles manufactured by Harley were given to the military. In fact, following the signing of the armistice, on day one the first American to enter German was riding a Harley!

Fact 4: Harley Davidson can jump

Literally! In the year 2010, a Harley Davidson with a jump of 183.7 feet broke the world record of the longest distance jump by a motorcycle. This record was unbroken since 1999. And you thought the Harley could cover distance on road only?


Fact 5: Harley brand has a clothing line

For fans across the world, Harley Davidson creates a variety of clothes. You can purchase clothes for men, women as well as babies. The baby rompers & bibs the brand makes are among the cutest ones available in the market. 

Harley Davidson Clothes Showroom in Budapest

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Now that you are armed with such intricate knowledge regarding the Harley Davidson, you can give competition to any hardcore Harley fan and surprise them as well!

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