1950s Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
The 1950s Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Channel features classic Harleys and their stories. Check out vintage Harley-Davidsons at HowStuffWorks.
1918 Harley-Davidson 18-J
1920 Harley-Davidson 20-J
1931 Harley-Davidson Model D
1934 Harley-Davidson VLD
1936 Harley-Davidson EL
1947 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car
1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide
1942 Harley-Davidson WLA and XA
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 1952 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide replaced the old hand-shift/foot-clutch setup with a modern foot shift and hand clutch. The old setup was still an option and would remain so until the 1970s. Read about this major step for Harley's bikes.
The 1955 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide introduced new features like revised cast tank and fender badges. By this time chrome trim had become a popular way of dressing up and personalizing one's bike. Read about the 1955 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide.
The 1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special shows how the Big Twins have been popular with law enforcement agencies. Though a hand-clutch/foot-shift setup had been standard since 1952, many police chose the hand shifter. Learn about the Police Special.
The 1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster was a hotter version of the traditional Harley Sportster. See how it differs from its milder XLH sibling with magneto ignition, high-mounted exhaust peanut fuel tank, bobbed rear fender and semi-knobby tires.
The 1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide motorcycle had a genuine rear suspension, finally giving Harley riders a smoother ride -- perfect for touring. The engine gave 50-60 horsepower from 1200 ccs/74 cubic inches. Read more about the smooth Duo-Glide.
The Harley-Davidson company celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special edition Anniversary Yellow 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle that featured a special medallion on its front fender. Learn more about the FL Hydra-Glide.
The 1956 Harley-Davidson KHK model was the final flathead motorcycle that Harley would ever produce. The KHK featured lower handlebars, less chrome trim, and more-performance oriented camshafts. Learn more about the 1956 Harley-Davidson KHK.