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The 1900-1920s Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Channel features some of the earliest models around. Check out vintage Harleys at HowStuffWorks.

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1909 Harley-Davidson V-Twin

The 1909 Harley-Davidson V-twin was Harley's first production V-twin. It was withdrawn from the market for a year and when it returned for 1911 it had mechanical intake valves and a belt-tensioning device. Learn about this classic Harley-Davidson.


1905 Harley-Davidson

 1905 Harley-Davidson

The 1905 Harley-Davidson motorcycle had to be pedaled like a bicycle to get started. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1909 Harley-Davidson V-Twin

 1909 Harley-Davidson V-Twin

The 1909 Harley-Davidson V-twin motorcycle was Harley's first production V-twin. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1918 Harley-Davidson 18-J

 1918 Harley-Davidson 18-J

The 1918 Harley-Davidson 18-J motorcycle came with an accompanying sidecar. See pictures and learn about this classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1920 Harley-Davidson 20-J

 1920 Harley-Davidson 20-J

The 1920 Harley-Davidson 20-J was part of the Harley racing team that dominated in the 1920s. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson bike. See more »

1912 Harley-Davidson X8A

 1912 Harley-Davidson X8A

The 1912 Harley-Davidson X8A featured a 30-cubic-inch single-cylinder, a powerful engine for its time. See pictures and learn about the Harley X8A. See more »

1915 Harley-Davidson 11F

 1915 Harley-Davidson 11F

The 1915 Harley-Davidson 11F motorcycle had an advanced-for-its day 11-horse F-head V-twin engine. See pictures and a profile of this historic Harley. See more »

1916 Harley-Davidson J

 1916 Harley-Davidson J

The 1916 Harley-Davidson J motorcycle was a leap forward in style with a longer, lower appearance. See pictures and learn about the 1916 Harley J. See more »

1925 Harley-Davidson JD

 1925 Harley-Davidson JD

The 1925 Harley-Davidson JD motorcycle introduced Harley's familiar tear-drop-shaped fuel tank. See pictures and learn more about the Harley JD. See more »

1927 Harley-Davidson BA

 1927 Harley-Davidson BA

The 1927 Harley-Davidson BA was a single-cylinder motorcycle was economical, but sold poorly. Learn why in pictures and a profile of the Harley BA. See more »