It was in 1903 that the brothers Harley and Davidson established in a factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Â Even today stands the factory remains and is the main location of the enterprise.Â That year produced 50 Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Here are 10 Interesting Facts about Harley Davidson
01) The legendary motorcycle company manufactured initially bikesÂ for a few years after its inception.Â This was inÂ 1916.Â Most companies in the motorcycle design, construction or production actually began in the bicycle industry – perhaps not totally unexpected.Â Harley Davidson bikes were grand and elegant, but they wereÂ expensiveÂ in an already quite depressed market.Â The motorcycle proved to be a much better condition for profit, Harley Davidson cycle operations ceasedÂ in 1921 and all the power was instead of motorcycles.
02). ThefirstÂ motorcycle that Harley Davidson made actually came from a sketch of aÂ bicycle, designed by William S. Harley.Â It was initially also thought to be a cycle – but that was not the case.
03)Â Evel Knievel (see picture below) is one of the most famous long jumpers with Harley Davidson motorcycles, but he holds is actually no longer record for the longest jump.Â His best jump of his XR-750 wasÂ 40.5 meters, when he jumped overÂ 14 piecesÂ Greyhound buses inÂ 1975.Â But during theÂ 2008Â beating Bubba Blackwell Evels record by jumpingÂ 47.85 metersÂ on his XR-750 shares.
04) It is not only gold and green forests, however.InÂ 2010Â sold the HDÂ 49%Â fewer motorcycles than they did in the yearÂ 2006.
05) 6%of all manufactured Harley Davidsons have been sold within US borders.
06)Â Even if Harley Davidson is as American as it gets as the motorcycles also manufactured in Japan.Â Starting in the earlyÂ 1930sÂ made Rikuo Internal Combustion Company motorcycle licensed HD makes.Â The company name was shortened ultimately just “Rikuo” in Japan (meaning “vÃ¤gkungen” or “continent of the King”).Â The company built nearlyÂ 18,000Â motorcycles between 1937 and 1942. During World War II production was to the side, but resumed and continued to the yearÂ 1958Â before the company was declared bankrupt.
07)Â Â The entireÂ 66%Â of all Americans who bought a Harley Davidson in the yearÂ 2010Â lacked a college education.
08)Â Did you know that the car brandÂ PorscheÂ and Harley Davidson have cooperated?Â This was during the mid-Â 1970s, when the HD launched its slightly moreÂ sportyÂ model, “The Nova”.Â The motorcycle was composed of a liquid-cooled 60-degree V4 engine which has been designed by Porsche.Â Even though HD had spent almostÂ nine million US dollarsÂ on the project was eventually shelved.
09)Â The first motorcycle produced was actually aÂ tomato jarÂ as carburetors.
10)Â The founder of “Forbes Magazine”, Malcolm Forbes, did not buy their first HD motorcycle until he had turned 40 years old.Â He loved them so much that he took the entireÂ 50 piecesÂ of them and eventually started giving them away asÂ gifts.Â Too bad you were not friends with him!