The Origins of the Legendary All-American Brand: Harley Davidson

It All Started in a Shed

Okay, if we want to get technical here, the company’s first factory was a small shed. The 10-foot-by-15-foot garden shed was in the Davidson family’s backyard, and, in 1903, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson used the space to create the first-ever Harley Davidson motorcycle.


William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson. Source: Pinterest

The guys modeled their design after the Milwaukee Merkel motorcycle, only with a bigger engine and frame design. Harley and Davidson were both determined to make theirs even better, and they certainly did not disappoint. It was built and designed to be a racer bike with a 3-1/8 inch bore and 3-1/2/ inch stroke motorcycle.

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