What Makes the Harley Davidson Motorcycle so Special?

From its humble beginnings at the beginning of the 20th century, the Harley Davidson motorcycle has become the most iconic and recognised motorcycle brand to this date.  Having survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, several ownership changes and competition from a plethora of other companies, Harley Davidson has remained to be as tough as its aluminium wheels and as it still world’s no.1 motorcycle. Discover what makes these rides so special!  

Backyard Beginnings:

A tiny shed in a backyard of Milwaukee is where Arthur Davidson and William Harley gave birth to an icon in 1901. Aged 20 and 21, their goal was to take the strenuous effort out of biking and turn into an enjoyable and best of all fun activity. Joined by Davidson’s brothers, Walter and William, it was not until 1903 until they let their idea loose for the world to discover with the production of not one, not two, yes three motorcycles marking the beginning of the Harley Davidson enterprise. From then on, variations of the bike came quick and fast with bigger engines, higher speeds and some pretty fly merchandise to go along with it.

Sounds like a Winner:

Universally loved, the sound of a Harley Davidson engine is extremely unique. While the sound can be dampened, or enhanced depending on its exhaust pipes, the origin of this special sound comes from the way the engine has been designed. The engine’s pistons are timed so that one fires on one revolution of the crankshaft and the other fires on the next revolution. This means that one of the two pistons involved is always firing on every revolution. Each popping of the piston is the sound of the exhaust valve opening one time that happens on every second revolution of the crankshaft. Clever eh, and if you listen closely you can even hear the snap, crackle and popping sounds of the pistons separated by their pauses in between each pop. Whatever the sound, it’s the sound of champions and what will distinguish you from any other driver on the road.

Heavyweight Champion:

Harley Davidson's are normally heavier motorcycles than most, which despite what some people may think, this is not a bad thing. Being that bit weightier may bring the speed down a little on the open road but what it does provide is a much better stability than any others. Greater rake angles, longer wheelbases, a more comfortable saddle and unmatchable at handling crosswinds, the Harley Davidson means you are in safe hands. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the Harley because once you go big, you will never go back.

Magnificent Merchandise:

In 2015, Harley Davidson sold $292 million in non-motorcycle merchandise last year. Rihanna, Kanye West, Kid Rock and Selena Gomez have all been snapped in the stuff. Don’t think Harley Davidson are sending out freebies though, their brand loyalty is that strong and respected that celebrities and the fashion crowd cannot get enough of it. Leather Jackets, biker boots, t-shirts and fingerless gloves are all coveted and sought after items. They are also extremely functional for riding and post riding attire.  Pulling in the crowds from left, right and centre, Harley Davidson merchandise is a trend you won’t get wrong. 

Over the past 100 years Harley Davidson has become more than just a brand, it has become a lifestyle, which is what makes this company truly unique. Their bikes are outrageously fun, safe and stable to drive and any piece of item with their logo slapped on is bound to be a hit in any situation. In conclusion, one cannot go wrong with a bit of Haley Davidson in their life! Find everything from motorcycles to merchandise at auction online.

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