Following the Harley Davidson History Timeline

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Following the Harley Davidson History Timeline

Although the Harley Davidson history timeline begins in the year 1901 with the completion of a blueprint of an engine designed to fit on a bicycle which was completed by William S. Harley, the first official Harley Davidson was not produced until 1903. In following the Harley Davidson timeline, important events stand out such as:

  • 1912 – Construction begins on the Harley Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee, WI
  • 1918 – Harley Davidson supports the US involvement in World War I by providing the majority of the motorcycles used by US troops
  • 1933 – The Harley Davidson insignia begins appearing on all gas tanks
  • 1949 – Hydraulic front forks are first introduced on Harleys
  • 1953 – Harley Davidson celebrates its 50th anniversary
  • 1971 – The FX 1200 Super Glide was introduced
  • 1987 – Harley Davidson stock goes public



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