1980s Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

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

Chopper fans celebrated when the 1980 Harley-Davidson FXWG Wide Glide was introduced. The Wide Glide featured a flamed Fat Bob fuel tank and wide-spaced fork tubes embracing a 21-inch spoked front wheel. Check out this factory custom Harley bike.

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.

The introduction of the 1986 Harley-Davidson XLH 1100 was big news for fans of the Harley Sportster. The 1986 models got their own version of the Evolution powerplant smoother and more reliable than the old design. Check out the Harley XLH 1100.

The 1981 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis took its name from the week-long motorcycle event held each summer in Sturgis South Dakota. Read about this popular Harley model featuring rich black paint with only small touches of orange and chrome trim.

The 1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster motorcycle was powerful buy too pricey. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster.

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

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

The 1982 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis motorcycle commemorated the annual Sturgis biker gathering. See pictures and learn about the Harley FXB Sturgis.

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