Harley Davidson is perhaps the foremost noted bike manufacturer in the world and has its headquarters in the United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Even though they take into account 1903 as their beginning year, but it was actually from 1901 the journey of this great motorbike company actually began. It’s so because, in 1901, Bill Harley completed the primary blueprint of a Harley engine. In 1903, the same Bill Harley & Arthur Davidson discovered their initial motorized effort, calling it the first Harley bike. It was a sports bike, built-in a wooden shed that had the Harley-Davidson Motor Company name on it. In the very same year, Arthur’s brother – Bruno Walter Davidson – joined the corporate. In a remarkably short time, the primary Harley Davidson dealer opened (1904) and they managed to sell 3 Harley bikes while in real American Vogue, a Harley model won a fifteen-mile race in Chicago in 1905 and in the same year Harley Motor Company hired its initial worker. A year later, they opened up an even bigger manufacturing plant and rented 5 additional individuals and in the same year (1906), they turned out the first bike catalog within the world.
In the early years, Harley Davidson created large, heavy air cooled cruiser bikes with powerful engines which had a displacement of 700 CC. This flair of motorcycles gave rise to the chopper style of motorcycles in the market, taking a mass produced motorcycle and customizing it as per the user’s needs. This style is still very much trendy. Harley Davidson is known for the large customization they provide to its riders.
The First World War created a huge demand for the motorcycles in the US, for use in the war effort and in the period of the war Harley Davidson sold more than 15,000 motorcycles to the United States military.
In the year 1969 Harley-Davidson reputation was lost for producing reliable, quality motorcycles after the company was acquired by American Machine and Factory. They reduced production and fired most of the work forces and this resulted in inferior quality bikes which were no match for their Japanese counterparts and the company nearly went bankrupt.
The revival of the Harley Davidson began in 1981 and since then there has been no turning back. AMF sold the company to a group of 13 investors led by Vaughn Beals and Willie G. Davidson for $80 million. Inventory was strictly controlled using the just-in-time system. In 2007, U.S. Trade Representative and the Minister of Commerce and Industry of India agreed about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles to get access to the Indian market in the exchange for the export of Indian mangoes.
Harley-Davidson is now known as one of the best motorcycle brands in the world. It is currently featured on the Forbes top 500 companies list and is ranked 28th currently. Their motorcycles are a blend of Outstanding engineering, beautiful bodywork, and a smooth ride. When buying a motorcycle never settle for anything less than a Harley
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