Harley-Davidson Information

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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 powerful 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR motorcycle faced tough competition from Japanese rivals. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson XLCR.

The 1978 Harley-Davidson FXS Low Rider motorcycle had a muscular flow to its lines. See pictures and learn about the 1978 Harley-Davidson FXS.

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

The 1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide motorcycle was Harley's first factory-custom bike. It failed to attract the audience Harley had hoped it would finding fewer than 5000 buyers. See pictures and learn more about the FX Super Glide.

The 1975 Harley-Davidson SS-250 had a Yamaha engine. Learn more about the 1975 AMF Harley-Davidson SS-250 motorcycle and see pictures.

The quick 1964 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster motorcycle was dubbed King of the Drags. Its impressive 883-cc V-twin engine out powered most competitors of the era. See pictures and learn about the 1964 Harley XLCH Sportster.

The 1965 Harley-Davidson FL Electra-Glide motorcycle combined a Panhead engine and electric starter. Though a curb weight of more than 700 pounds restricted performance, the Electra-Glide was a popular touring mount. See the profile of this classic bike.

The 1966 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide motorcycle featured increased horsepower. Weight of the FLs had crept up to nearly 800 pounds and the extra power was appreciated by owners. See pictures and learn about the 1966 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide.

The 1966 Harley-Davidson Sprint motorcycle was the teamwork of Harley-Davidson and Aermacchi of Italy. It was powered by a 250-cc horizontal four-stroke single and was popular with buyers. Learn more about the Harley Sprint.

1963 Harley-Davidson Topper motorcycle came during the short-lived scooter craze. Its 165-cc two-stroke single started with a recoil starter like a lawn mower and it featured an optional sidecar for a friend to ride in. Read about the tiny Topper.

The 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster motorcycle featured an overhead-valve engine. The Sportster looked similar to the final KH models -- because it was. Learn more about the 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster.

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 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 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.

The 1912 Harley-Davidson X8A featured a 30-cubic-inch single-cylinder, a powerful engine for its time. By 1912, public demand for more power was answered with the X8A, which produced 4.3 horsepower. See pictures and learn about the Harley X8A.

The 1915 Harley-Davidson 11F motorcycle had an advanced-for-its day 11-horse F-head V-twin engine. A proper three-speed transmission was offered along with a magneto and electric lighting system incorporating a taillight. Read about this historic Harley.

The 1916 Harley-Davidson J motorcycle was a leap forward in style with a longer lower appearance. Other than the kickstarter, however, there were few mechanical changes of note for this year. See pictures and learn about the 1916 Harley J.

The 1925 Harley-Davidson JD motorcycle introduced Harley's familiar tear-drop-shaped fuel tank. Sidecars were popular accessories of the day as these vehicles often served as a family's primary form of motorized transportation. Read about the Harley JD.

The 1927 Harley-Davidson BA was a single-cylinder motorcycle that was economical but sold poorly. Two versions of the single were offered: a flat-head with eight horsepower and an overhead-valve variant producing twelve horsepower. Read about the Harley BA.

The 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD motorcycle helped Harley survive the Great Depression. The Great Depression killed off all the major U.S. motorcycle manufacturers except for Harley-Davidson and Indian. Learn about the classic 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD.