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The 1980s Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Channel features classic Harleys and their stories. Check out this decade of Harley-Davidsons at HowStuffWorks.

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1984 Harley-Davidson FXRT

The 1984 Harley-Davidson FXRT built upon the success of the FXR. A stiffer frame with Sportster-style forks handled better than any previous Big Twin and rubber engine mounts and a five-speed made for a smoother ride. Read about the Harley FXRT.


1980 Harley-Davidson FXWG Wide Glide

 1980 Harley-Davidson FXWG Wide Glide

The 1980 Harley-Davidson FXWG Wide Glide motorcycle featured a flamed Fat Bob fuel tank. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1984 Harley-Davidson FXRT

 1984 Harley-Davidson FXRT

The 1984 Harley-Davidson FXRT was one of the first bikes to receive an Evolution engine. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1986 Harley-Davidson XLH 1100

 1986 Harley-Davidson XLH 1100

The 1986 Harley-Davidson XLH 1100 introduced the first changes to the Sportster in thirty years. Learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1981 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis

 1981 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis

The 1981 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis was named for a motorcycle rally held in Sturgis, South Dakota. Learn about the 1981 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis. See more »

1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster

 1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster

The 1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster motorcycle had nearly 70 horsepower. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster. See more »

1988 Harley-Davidson FLSTC

 1988 Harley-Davidson FLSTC

The 1988 Harley-Davidson FLSTC motorcycle blended retro styling and modern technology. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson FLSTC. See more »

1988 Harley-Davidson FXSTS Softail Springer

 1988 Harley-Davidson FXSTS Softail Springer

The 1988 Harley-Davidson FXSTS Softail Springer motorcycle blended classic and modern styling. See pictures and learn about the Softail Springer. See more »

1982 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis

 1982 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis

The 1982 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis motorcycle commemorated the annual Sturgis event. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis. See more »

1981 Harley-Davidson Heritage Edition

 1981 Harley-Davidson Heritage Edition

The 1981 Harley-Davidson Heritage Edition motorcycle was a mixture of old and new. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson Heritage Edition. See more »