1975 Harley-Davidson MX250 Prototype

Looking back at the AMF (American Machine and Foundry) era at Harley-Davidson, and the earlier purchase of the Italian manufacturer Aermacchi, one sees Harley’s interest in adding small displacement, purpose built race bikes as part of their product mix. This MX250, the Baja 100 plus several other two-stroke “dual sports” and “street scramblers” Read more

1908 Harley-Davidson Model 4 “Strap Tank”

By 1908 the newer Harley-Davidson factory employed 18 workers and built about 450 motorcycles per year. This was just five years after the debut of the now famous 1903 Harley-Davidson Single. The loop frame and atmospheric induction single design was pretty typical for the time; both Indian and Harley patterned their motors after the successful Read more

1957 Simplex Servi-Cycle

American motorcycle manufacturing is great for its entrepreneurs. Right from the beginning we see ambitious, inventive people taking an idea and working to build a company, make an innovative product that sells well. But that didn’t stop with the American motorcycle industry shrinking from over 200 companies to just three after the crash of 1929, Read more

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