Finding Used Harley Davidsons For Sale At BPI Auctions
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The History Of Harley Davidson
From its humble roots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harley Davidson is now one of the largest and most iconic motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1903 by William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, Harley Davidson was one of two American motorcycle manufacturers to endure the Great Depression.
They produced motorcycles for both world wars, most notably in World War II where they manufactured a large number of motorcycles for the US Army and allied troops. For their work in helping the war effort, Harley-Davidson received two Army-Navy ‘E’ Awards for Excellence in Production.
Iconic 60s movie Easy Rider, as well as the rise of the modification culture of the late 60s and 70s and the popularity of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally cemented Harley Davidson into popular culture and promoted their motorcycles into versatile machines that could be tailored and modified to a specific rider’s needs.
Throughout the decades, Harley Davidson has pushed its ideals of freedom and self-expression, transcending cultures, gender and age to create the brand which it is today.
An Overview of Harley Models
Street – The Street is Harley Davidson’s newest platform and is designed to appeal to younger riders looking for a lighter motorcycle at a cheaper price point. The Street features a 749cc Revolution-X V-Twin engine and a smaller footprint than other platforms making it a quick and nimble motorcycle for urban riding.
Sportster – Introduced in 1957, the iconic Sportster family was introduced to be racing motorcycles and were popular on dirt and flat tracks during the 1960s and 1970s. Nowadays the Sportster range features 883 cc or 1,200 cc Evolution engines, but still retain the appearance of their racing ancestors.
Dyna – Dyna-frame motorcycles were introduced in 1991 and feature the traditional coil-over suspension of the Sportsters, but can be distinguished by their bigger engines. The Dyna line includes the Super Glide, Street Bob, Low Rider and Dyna Fat Bob models with engines up to 103 cubic inches. The Dyna range was discontinued in 2017 with many of the models moving to the newly designed softail chassis.
Softail – The Softail platform takes cues from Harley Davidson’s tradition with the rear suspension hidden under the transmission to make them visually similar to the hardtail motorcycles popular in the 60s and 70s. Models in the Softail lineup include the Springer Softail, Fat Boy, Breakout and Custom.
Touring – Touring models utilise big engines and large-diameter front forks and are distinguished by their large saddlebags mounted at the rear. The Touring range are the only Harley Davidson models to offer full front fairings with radios as standard. Also known as ‘baggers’ the Touring range includes the Road King, Street Glide and Electra Glide models.