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1948 Harley-Davidson S-125

The Harley-Davidson S-125 motorcycle was a popular civilian bike in the wake of World War II. Producing only three horsepower, the S-125 had a tough time reaching 55 miles per hour. See pictures and learn more about the Harley S-125.


1947 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car

 1947 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car

The 1947 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car was used by auto repair shops to make house calls. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

The 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle featured a modern telescopic design. Learn more about the 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide. See more »

1942 Harley-Davidson WLA and XA

 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA and XA

The 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle and Harley-Davidson XA motorcycle were weapons of World War II. See pictures and learn about these Harleys. See more »

1948 Harley-Davidson FL

 1948 Harley-Davidson FL

The 1948 Harley-Davidson FL motorcycle introduced Harley's overhead-valve Panhead engine. See pictures and learn about the Harley FL motorcycle. See more »

1948 Harley-Davidson S-125

 1948 Harley-Davidson S-125

The Harley-Davidson S-125 motorcycle was a popular civilian bike in the wake of World War II. See pictures and learn more about the Harley S-125. See more »

1948 Harley-Davidson WL

 1948 Harley-Davidson WL

The 1948 Harley-Davidson WL motorcycle was one of the last Harleys with a small V-twin. See pictures and learn more about the 1948 Harley-Davidson WL. See more »