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In 1903, William S.Harley and Arthur Davidson developed the prototype of Harley Davidson motorbike. The engine was designed according to the system De Dion Bouton had a displacement of 167cc and was made for about 2ps (1.5kw). Harley Davidson produced their first motorcycle called Model 1, only 38 units were made for the first time. The bike was priced at $200, which was huge at that point of time.
America got involved in the World War I in 1917, and soon the US Army ordered more than fifteen thousands of Harley Davidson motorbikes for its troops. It was a historical moment for Harley Davidson. This order was a boon to the company, and it brought their motorcycles to even broader recognition than they already had, which made Harley Davidson reach the bigger milestones.
Fast forward to 2016, there was a TV show released on the Discovery channel called, The Harley and the Davidsons. It was a dramatization of the early history of the company based on the true events and stories. It is considered as a great watch for every motorcycle enthusiast, who dream of buying the iconic American bike. The show is focused primarily on Walter, Arthur, and Bill, giving special attention to how they started Harley Davidson, out of nowhere.
Since 1907, Harley Davidson has been providing its custom build bikes to the US police force for over 100 years. They are all well-engineered, strongly built, and quite suitable for law-enforcement organisations. The bikes given to police staff were reliable, fast, and capable of doing things that many motorcars could not. To this day, Harley Davidson continues to provide custome bikes to the US police officers and agents.
In 2017, Harley Davidson is about a motorbike covered in 24k gold and 630 diamonds, Bucherer Blue is the most expensive bike ever made by Harley Davidson, priced at an astounding $2.4 million. It is also one of the most expensive motorbike in the world. Previously, this record was held by '1951 Vincent Black Thunder', which was priced at $929,000 sold at auction in Las Vegas.
Harley Davidson is one of the few bike manufacturers in the world that owns and operates its museum at Milwaukee, where the company has its head-quarters. The Harley Davidson Museum offers a lot of exhibitions, activities, and fun tours to people of all ages. The 130,000-square-foot complex along the Menomonee River bank has over 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display along with and hundreds of thousands of exhibits from the company's 118-year long history. The museum attracts an estimated 300,000 visitors annually.
The most interesting thing about Harley Davidson is that they hold a 'Ride Home' event every 5 years. The event it commonly known as Harleyfest, is a kind of bike pilgrimage to the town of Milwaukee, which is regarded as the Motor Company's origin city. It features hundreds and thousands of Harley Davidson enthusiasts riding to visit their motor company's mother city, Milwaukee. It is one of the wildest events in history and gets a lot of respect and attention from the media worldwide.
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