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Beginning[ edit ] Inyear-old William S. Harley drew up plans for a small engine with a displacement of 7.
Over the next two years, Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson worked on their motor-bicycle using the northside Milwaukee machine shop at the home of their friend, Henry Melk.
It was finished in with the help of Arthur's brother, Walter Davidson. Upon testing their power-cycle, Harley and the Davidson brothers found it unable to climb the hills around Milwaukee without pedal assistance.
They quickly wrote off their first motor-bicycle as a valuable learning experiment. This first "real" Harley-Davidson motorcycle had a bigger engine of The machine's advanced loop-frame pattern was similar to the Milwaukee Merkel motorcycle designed by Joseph Merkel, later of Flying Merkel fame.
The bigger engine and loop-frame design took it out of the motorized bicycle category and marked the path to future motorcycle designs. The boys also received help with their bigger engine from outboard motor pioneer Ole Evinrudewho was then building gas engines of his own design for automotive use on Milwaukee's Lake Street.
Davidson was then toolroom foreman. This prototype machine was functional by September 8,when it competed in a Milwaukee motorcycle race held at State Fair Park. It was ridden by Edward Hildebrand and placed fourth. This is the first documented appearance of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the historical record.
By April, complete motorcycles were in production on a very limited basis. That year, the first Harley-Davidson dealer, Carl H.
Lang of Chicago, sold three bikes from the five built in the Davidson backyard shed. Years later the original shed was taken to the Juneau Avenue factory where it would stand for many decades as a tribute to the Motor Company's humble origins until it was accidentally destroyed by contractors cleaning the factory yard in the early s.
InHarley and the Davidson brothers built their first factory on Chestnut Street later Juneau Avenue at the current location of Harley-Davidson's corporate headquarters.
The company produced about 50 motorcycles that year. Harley graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison with a degree in mechanical engineering. That year additional factory expansion came with a second floor and later with facings and additions of Milwaukee pale yellow "cream" brick.
With the new facilities production increased to motorcycles in Harley-Davidson of Baltimore is an authorized HARLEY-DAVIDSON ® dealership.
We carry a large selection of NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON ® INVENTORY, including the new Harley-Davidson Lineup, as well as USED inventory and have a full SALES, SERVICE, and PARTS department with friendly and experienced staff. We strongly urge you to take the affected motorcycle to an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer to have the appropriate service performed as soon as possible.
We strongly urge you to take the affected motorcycle to an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer to have the appropriate service performed as soon as possible.
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