1940s Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
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1918 Harley-Davidson 18-J
1920 Harley-Davidson 20-J
1931 Harley-Davidson Model D
1934 Harley-Davidson VLD
1936 Harley-Davidson EL
1951 Harley-Davidson Police Special
1952 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide
1955 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide
1963 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide
1967 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1964 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster
1971 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1973 Harley-Davidson FL Electra-Glide
1975 Harley-Davidson XL-1000 and XR-750
1980 Harley-Davidson FXWG Wide Glide
1984 Harley-Davidson FXRT
1986 Harley-Davidson XLH 1100
1999 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1990 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy
1992 Harley-Davidson FXDB Daytona
2002 Harley-Davidson FXDWG3
2002 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night Train
2002 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod
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How Harley-Davidson Works
The 1947 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car was made for auto repair shops making house calls. The mechanic could also hitch the rear bumper of the car with a tow bar and take it back to the garage. Learn about this versatile workaday Harley-Davidson model.
The 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle was popular with riders for its modern design, comfortable ride and larger front brake. It also featured modern telescopic forks. See pictures and a profile of the 1949 Harley FL Hydra-Glide.
The 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle and Harley-Davidson XA motorcycle were weapons of World War II. Wearing the requisite Olive Drab paint, these were 45-cubic-inch V-twins fitted with special wartime equipment. Learn about these Harleys.
The 1948 Harley-Davidson FL motorcycle introduced Harley's overhead-valve Panhead engine. More chrome trim pieces gave the bikes a fancier look and a steering-head lock was added. See pictures and learn about the Harley FL motorcycle.
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.
The 1948 Harley-Davidson WL motorcycle was one of the last Harleys with a small V-twin. It proved to be a versatile engine that remained in production for more than four decades. See pictures and learn more about the 1948 Harley-Davidson WL.