• Close-up Harley-Davidson
Was in Cyprus, passed by the biker club, I decided to come, inspired by memories, as I before the army drove on a motorcycle, of course, not Harley-Davidson, and the easiest "Minsk", then "JAWA", "CZ". In general, I decided pofotkat. Dream!
Two friends - William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson - started in 1901 to make a bicycle with a motor, in 1903 the project was completed with the help of Arthur's brother, Walter Davidson.
Following this, a new project was launched with a more powerful engine and more modern design, going in the yard of the family Davidson, in a shed 3 to 5 meters, of course most of the major components were made in the workshop of the railway station, where he worked as toolmaker elder brother William A. Davidson .
It was completed September 8, 1904 and on the same day, took part in motorcycle racing at State Fair Park. Edward Hildebrand, the driver in this race was the fourth. This race was the first documented appearance of a motorcycle Harley-Davidson.
In 1905, three motorcycles were sold out of a dozen that have been collected in the barn.
In 1906 the first factory was built in the first year had been collected 50 motorcycles, in 1907 - 150 motorcycles, was signed the contract and started buying Harleys to the local police, so the company has taken a good position in the market.
Motorcycle production increased from 450 units in 1908 to 1 149 in 1909.
In 1913, the old building was demolished, and in its place has risen a new five-story concrete factory, and by 1914, Harley-Davidson has become a leading motorcycle manufacturer in the United States. In 1914, production - 16 284 cars.
After the First World War, 500 motorcycles have been ordered for the British Army - it was the first military order. In 1917, the United States entered the First World War and the beginning of the book motorcycles and the US Army. During the war, it has been ordered more than 20,000 firms motorcycles "Harley-Davidson" for arming troops.
In 1920, the "Harley-Davidson" - the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world, selling motorcycles dealers in 67 countries. Production was already 28,189 cars. In 1921 the race was won by going the distance at an average speed of 160 km / h.
The company produces a variety of products with the logo of Harley-Davidson - clothes, shoes, furniture, utensils. Harley feature of the marketing policy - the creation of a community of people who are loyal to the brand it is.