Harley-Davidson Information

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The 1973 Harley-Davidson FL Electra-Glide is one of the few Harley models to sport "AMF" alongside the Harley-Davidson name on its logo. Learn why in the 1970s many owners removed the AMF badges after purchase and repainted their entire motorcyles.

The 1978 Harley-Davidson FLHS Electra-Glide debuted with a lean look. The FLH tradition typically invokes the image of a full-tilt luggage-laden touring bike; learn how adding the "S" suffix in 1978 meant a stripped bike resembling the FLs of old.

The 1978 Harley-Davidson XL-1000 Sportster was released in a limited run in honor of Harley-Davidson's 75th anniversary. Gold striping gold-cast wheels and genuine leather graced the jet-black paint. Read about this classy full-featured Harley.

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.

Harley-Davidson has produced many specialty machines but few match the impact of the FLSTF Fat Boy that debuted in 1990. The simple silver paint scheme was enhanced by a matching frame and classic design. Learn about the acclaimed Harley Fat Boy.

The 1992 Harley-Davidson FXDB Daytona was named after Daytona Beach Florida. It features a moderate level of chrome trim and Harley's first true pearl paint job. Check out the bike that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Daytona motorcyle meet.

The 1998 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI was at the time quite simply the best-equipped Harley ever. By combining all the comforts of home with a full complement of electronics Harley created the ultimate touring rig. Read about this spectacular Harley.

From the Springer forks to the wide whitewall tires to the fringed saddlebags the 1998 Harley-Davidson FLSTS Heritage Springer styling mirrors that of a 1940s-era vintage bike. Read about this modern classic Harley motorcycle nicknamed Old Boy.

The 1998 Harley-Davidson FLTRI Road Glide hearkened back to the FLT of the 1980s. The FLTRI's luggage space and convenient instrument panel were aimed at the touring market. Learn the unique feature that distinguishes this Harley from many others.

The 1998 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide was aimed at Harley's loyal touring customers. Forward foot controls lend a long look to the chassis and along with the elevated handlebars give the rider a laid-back posture. Check out the Harley FXDWG.

In 2003, Harley-Davidson celebrated 100 years of building distinctly American motorcycles. This article traces the development of the machines and the legacy of the "Harley mystique." Read how Harley-Davidson survived when other manufacturers failed.

When one thinks of Harley-Davidson engines, thundering V-twins is what usually comes to mind. Read this article to learn the 6 unique Big Twin design generations over the history of the Harley-Davidson company and the details for the smaller motors.

The 1975 Harley-Davidson XL-1000 and XR-750 were often altered so few remain their original state. The engine for the XR-750 racer was based on the Sportster but it had dual carbs and high-mounted exhaust. Check out these rare powerful Harleys.

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 1997 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy motorcycle kept alive one of Harley's most popular models. This bike kept almost the same exact design of the original 1990 Fat Boy which was a huge success. See pictures and learn about the FLSTF Fat Boy.

The 1998 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic motorcycle looked great in Harley's anniversary trim. This motorcycle was powered by an 80-cubic-inch Evolution V-twin engine with fuel injection. See pictures and learn about this hot Harley.

The 1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster motorcycle line included standard sport and custom models. The custom Sportster featured a simple chrome bucket headlight instead of the old eyebrow headlight cover. See pictures and learn more about them.

The 1993 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide motorcycle was a 90th anniversary Harley. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide.

The 1994 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Electra-Glide motorcycle is a luxurious touring bike. See pictures and learn about the FLHTC Electra-Glide.

The 1995 Harley-Davidson FXSTSB Bad Boy motorcycle featured retro styling and modern technology. See pictures and learn about the FXSTSB Bad Boy.

The 1991 Harley-Davidson FXDB Sturgis motorcycle marked the 50th anniversary of the famous biker rally. See pictures and learn about the FXDB Sturgis.

The 1997 Harley-Davidson FXSTS Heritage Springer motorcycle mixed old and new Harley styling. This particular motorcycle was designed to look like some of the other Harleys that were introduced in the 1940s. See pictures and learn about the Heritage Springer.

The 1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail motorcycle was dubbed the Cow Glide. See pictures and learn about the Harley FLSTN Heritage Softail.