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!
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.
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.