The company was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers who managed to resist the Great Depression. She experienced a change of ownership, periods of poor product quality and economic decline, withstood the strongest global competition and entered the top five of the world's largest motorcycle manufacturers. Moreover, she was able to create a truly iconic brand, everyone heard about Harley, even if he is not at all interested in motorcycles. Harley Davidson is also known for customizing: hand assembling, remaking and painting motorcycles to the taste of the customer, which led to the appearance of the chopper style.
The company promoted heavy motorcycle cruisers with air cooling and engine displacement of more than 700 cc, then expanded the list of services, offering lighter and more modern bikes of the VSRC family.
Usually models Harley Davidson equip a V-twin engine with a collapse of cylinders of 45 degrees. On the crankshaft - the only pin, both pistons are connected with the pin rods. To reduce costs and simplify the engine, ignition is applied without a distributor, in other words, a dual ignition system.
The company's factories are located in India (Bawali); in Brazil (Manaus); in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; in Kansas City, Missouri and York, Pennsylvania. Harley Davidson motorcycles are sold everywhere except in Antarctica.
Here are the top 10 models in history.
10. F11 (1915)
Motorcycle F11 brought the motorcycle world to a new level. For the first time used a three-stage gearbox, automatic oil filter and larger valves. As a result, the bike roared with an engine of 11 horsepower! It was even made with a removable night light. Let outdated today, F11 played a very important role.He revolutionized the production of motorcycles and proved that comfort can be combined with style and efficiency.
9. VRSCSE2 (2006)
VRSCSE2 boasts not only performance. It combines excellent functionality with a spectacular appearance and comes in three color combinations: coal-slate with pearl-red, platinum pear with chrome and yellow pearls, and black with bright orange. In addition to the superb steering of the motorcycle, the Revolution engine makes it easy to maneuver in heavy traffic.
8. CVO SOFTAIL CONVERTIBLE (2012)
Although the production of the CVO Softail Convertible was launched in 2010, it was the 2012 version that favorably differed from the rest. Bike perfectly suited for long journeys and trips around the city. It was easy to modify: it was possible to remove the back, the rear passenger seat and the windshield. The motorcycle was suitable for both men and women, with a saddle height of 66 cm, with a light frame. The lightness of the frame made it easier for women to drive, and because of the great height the bike looked cool, which is ideal for guys.
7. DYNA WIDE GLIDE (2010)
Let Dyna Wide Glide is not the most practical motorcycle when compared with other harleys, but it is a pleasure to ride it! The main differences from other versions: Tommy Gun 2-1-2 exhaust pipes, an enlarged rear section and a “chopped off” rear wing.Also, compared to its predecessors, it has a relatively low saddle, which is partly why it is so comfortable. Turning requires a bit of effort. A great choice for those who love to slip.
6. XR-1000 (1983)
The efficient and powerful XR-1000 was a staggering $ 7,000. Not everyone could spend such a lot of money on a motorcycle. Few of the lucky ones, who could afford it, enjoyed a powerful engine with a working volume of 998 cc, squeezing 180 km / h from the bike. Maybe, despite the fantastic characteristics of the time, the XR-1000 was not particularly popular, but its racing version called Lucifer's Hammer helped Jay Springsteen win the race in Dayton.
5. FLHR ROAD KING (2012)
In terms of performance and customization options, the 2012 FLHR of the year is quite consistent with the name, it’s the real king of the roads. This was achieved thanks to the installation of the engine Twin Cam 103 with a displacement of 1,690 cubic centimeters and a 6-speed gearbox. The model uses anti-lock brakes and electronic cruise control. As for tuning, the motorcycle comes with an adjustable rear suspension and a removable windshield, all of which help achieve a smooth ride.The “King of the roads” has a classic case design, synonymous with the image of bikers.
4. VRSCA V-ROD (2002)
The fast-moving VRSCA V-Rod seems to have been specially created for drag racing. This model evoked memories of Harley races of bygone days, starting from the design and ending with 115 horsepower at 8250 rpm, and developed such power that the rear wheel spun like a racing motorcycle. It was possible to accelerate to 225 km / h, which is quite impressive for a bike of 2002 release.
3. FLHT ELECTRA GLIDE STANDARD (2009)
This simplified tourist is deprived of many components with which motorcycles are usually associated, for example, with a powerful sound system, chrome mass and a bright interesting coloring. However, it has a two-cylinder engine, air suspension, six-speed gearbox, cruise control and reliable performance. One of the most stable bikes.
2. DUO-GLIDE (1958)
Duo-Glide (1958) introduced the moto-world to a comfortable ride. It was the first model in the world with a full rear suspension arm. The suspension could be adjusted to the desired weight of the rider. Regardless of the suspension, the bike had a regular spring seat, creating a good mix of old and new.
1. FXSTB NIGHT TRAIN (2009)
Famous for its appearance and incredible characteristics, the FXSTB Night Train was painted in various shades of black (a train without lights flying through the night).Productivity is defined by the Twin Cam 96B motor with a volume of 1584 cubic cm. Perhaps it is not quite for racing, but great for everyday driving.