The Harley Davidson motorcycle is definitely a head turner wherever it goes. Take, for example, this 2006 Harley-Davidson Chopper we saw for sale on One Stop Motors:
Its current owner gives intricate details about this baby below:
2006 909 Chopper with a Fred's frame, 6 up, 6 out, 44 degree rake, radius backbone, single radius down tube, 250 rear tire, 1 inch axle, 6 degree smooth tribal triple trees with internal stops, 16 over forks, rocket style lower legs with hidden axle, custom one off chrome wheels, P.M. hand controls, P.M. hydraulic clutch, P.M. front caliper, Exile sprotor, gold chain, polished gen3 rev-tech 100, polished rev-tech 6-speed transmission, weber 40 IDF carb, hand made spike exhaust with hidden outlets, hand-made one off gas tank, Hot Match gas cap and kick stand, hand-made bars with internal throttle and hidden brake & clutch lines, Twisted Choppers rear fender with integrated oil tank, chrome 3 inch bdl belt drive with integrated oil filter and outer bearing support, hidden coil, hidden voltage regulator, custom battery box under transmission, hidden plug wires, all wiring and plumbing run through frame, black suede and leather seat, candy apple red over heavy metal-flake flames with black diamond base and green pinstripe.
Whether you're a Harley owner or not, or out scouting for that perfect Harley, here are some facts about this American classic motorcycle you might find interesting:
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Facts
(Courtesy of Munising)
- Per the Harley website: "Harley-Davidson began in a shed, went to war, became the symbol of American individualism and ended up "king of the road", all in 95 years. Buying a Harley is not acquiring a product, but buying an experience and even a lifestyle."
- The Harley's beginnings goes back to the year 1901 when a young man by the name of William Harley crafted a blueprint of an engine that would fit onto a bicycle.
- In 1903 the very first Harley Davidson motorcycles were made available to the public when William Harley and his friend Arthur Davidson produced one built as a racing motorcycle.
- 1905 was an important year for Harley Davidson as one of their motorcycles won a race in Chicago, putting them on the map. The 1950s find Harley Davidson’s winning more and more motorcycle races, being featured on magazine covers with Elvis Presley, and becoming a household name among race and motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.
- In 1983 the Harley Owners Group was formed, and was referred to as H.O.G. It became the largest motorcycle club in the world to be sponsored by a factory. In a mere six years, the club had grown to include more than 90,000 members. In 1987, Harley Davidson became listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and owners everywhere realized what a wise investment they had made.
- Walter Davidson dies at age 65 in 1942.
- Bill Harley dies at age 66 in 1943.
- In 1991, all Harleys change to five speed transmission.