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Harley-Davidson Motorcycles is an American tradition. Founded in 1903 in the heart of America, Harley has survived the Great Depression, increased competition from rivals, and a period of lower quality controls, to become one of the staples in the motorcycle and chopper industries. Motorcyclist Magazine covers the world of Harley-Davidson with the latest news, events, reviews, and more from Harley experts.

  1. Eagles Soar at the 4-Wide Nationals

    There were 3 Suzukis, 11 Buells and 2 Screamin’ Eagle/Vance and Hines Harley-Davidsons in the 16-bike elimination field at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals this past weekend at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC, and at the end of Sunday’s four-wide final round, it was the Screamin’ Eagle H-D of Andrew Hines ...    Read more

  2. 2014-1/2 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider | FIRST LOOK

    Photos: Harley-Davidson He’s been “on hiatus” for five years now, Harley code for laying low and letting the law get bored with the chase. But now’s the time for a triumphant return. Welcome back, Low Rider. Rolling on the Dyna Glide chassis, the Low Rider follows the path cut ...    Read more

  3. 2014-1/2 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow 1200T | FIRST LOOK

    PHOTOS: Harley-Davidson For the 2014 model year, Harley-Davidson lavished a massive amount of development effort on the so-called Project Rushmore bikes, its popular FL touring rigs. Now it’s the Sportster’s turn. The result? The SuperLow 1200T. Combining the SuperLow chassis—one built around providing a very low seat height—with the ...    Read more

  4. SuperTrapp V-5 Slip-On Exhaust with Mid-Pipe for Harley-Davidson V-Rods

    The SuperTrapp Industries V-5 Slip-On with Mid-Pipe is a tunable, disc-based, chrome exhaust with a massive look but weighs only 12 lbs, according to the manufacturer.  SuperTrapp claims that the V-5 is 21 lbs. less than stock.  It’s a performance pipe by providing bolt-on performance gains of increase horsepower.  When ...    Read more

  5. We Don’t Care How They Do It In California!

    Photos by Mike Calabro Mama Tried is an indoor invitational motorcycle show held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to showcase the “best, most honest, and most unusual home-built bikes in the Midwest.” Here are some highlights from this first-year event:

  6. Fastest Wheelie On Ice

    Mike Nightengale photos It was February of 2011 when Ryan Suchanek set his first Guinness World Record for fastest wheelie on ice at 95mph. An impressive feat in itself but what made it even more astonishing is that Suchanek made that run after having lost his left leg in an accident. ...    Read more

  7. Ice Games

    Ice racing—perhaps the fringiest of fringe motorcycle sports—could get a big-time boost in popularity following an ice racing video exhibition held in conjunction with ESPN’s X Games Aspen, featuring Harley-Davidson factory flat track racer Brad Baker squaring off against fellow AMA Pro flat track racers Jared Mees and his wife, ...    Read more

  8. The Pope’s Holy Harley Hits the Auction Block

    We’re not sure how many miles have been logged on the 2013 Harley-Davidson that was presented to Pope Francis last June to mark the MoCo’s 110 years in business, but it’s safe to assume that its condition is divine. The Pope, who signed the tank at a special Vatican ceremony ...    Read more

  9. Harley-Davidson 500cc World Bike In Final Stages Of Development

    There’s no question Harley-Davidson motorcycles have one foot––sorry, one wheel in the past, what with their slavish devotion to nostalgic styling and the big-inch, bright-chrome profile that made H-Ds the kings of the road for much of the company’s existence. But it’s a new world out there, full of potential ...    Read more

  10. 2014 Harley-Davidson FLT Touring Bikes | FIRST RIDE

    PHOTOS: Brian J. Nelson, Tom Riles & Harley-Davidson They say: “Built by all of us. For all of us.” We say: “The first crowdsourced motorcycle.” ...    Read more

  11. Dual-Sport Sportster From Carducci Dual Sport

    If you’re fed up with your Harley buddies calling your Sportster a chick bike, here’s your chance to show them how big your knobs are. The SC3 Adventure Sportster conversion from Carducci Dual Sport starts with a ’93-’03 XL and turns it into an on- or off-road V-twin capable of ...    Read more

  12. H-D Museum Commemorative 110th Anniversary Rivets Available Now

    Burnouts fade, but rivets are forever. If you’re looking for a way to leave a lasting mark on the Harley-Davidson Museum campus, the Motor Company has just the thing: H-D’s Living the Legend rivets provide the opportunity to permanently affix your message to the curved Rivet Wall that rests on ...    Read more

  13. Hometown Harley-Bound: Day 4

    Our near-800-mile road trip from Kansas City to Milwaukee to kick off Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary ended with a quick and cold, 75-mile blast from Woodstock, Illinois, to the Harley-Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee. We didn't leave Woodstock without first stopping to check out the picturesque town square, ...    Read more

  14. Homeward Harley-Bound: Day 2

    If Ducati's mechanical DNA makes its motorcycles inherently suited for carving up chicanes at Italian race circuits like Monza or Mugello, and BMW's big-bore touring bikes seem like they were born for the autobahn, the Midwestern United States is where a Harley-Davidson motorcycle comes into its own. It ...    Read more

  15. Hometown Harley-Bound

    Like so many of us who were raised on sportbikes, I began life as an avowed Harley-hater. Insert your favorite Harley-Davidson stereotype here—too loud, too large, too leaky, too well-liked by people who are too old, too obese, too into leather chaps or otherwise too unlike yourself—I believed some variation ...    Read more

  16. H-D’s 5th Annual Women Riders Month

    This month, Harley-Davidson is celebrating women riders during the fifth annual Women Riders Month with a nationwide search for top stories of female independence. From May 1 to May 15, 2013, fans are encouraged to share stories about incredible women riders they might know. Fans can submit stories through a crowd-sourcing ...    Read more

  17. 90th Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week

    Laconia Harley-Davidson is commemorating the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle week from June 8th – 16th in Laconia, New Hampshire by launching a campaign to raise $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. A one-of-a-kind customized 2013 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® has been donated by Laconia Harley-Davidson to be raffled off ...    Read more

  18. Harley-Davidson To Build Entry-Level V-Twin In India

    To a lot of American workers, “outsourcing” is a dirty word. But sometimes companies have to open factories overseas just to be competitive with products built in that market. At least that’s what Harley-Davidson is hoping its flag-waving, made-in-America customer base will take into consideration when The Motor Company introduces ...    Read more

  19. Highway Pegs – a Date with a Wide Glide

    In my last post, I asked a question of myself: Was I uninspired by the V Star 250 because it's essentially uninspiring or because I dislike cruisers in general? I admitted that I missed horsepower, but all else being equal the little Star offers pretty much everything any other low-slung ...    Read more

  20. Whatever Happened to the Tsunami Harley?

    Harley-Davidson motorcycles have been ridden to every corner of the earth, but none has ever made a journey as remarkable as Ikuo Yokoyama’s 2004 Softail Night Train. Yokoyama had his Harley parked in a storage container outside his home in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture when the devastating, 8.9-magnitude Tohoku earthquake struck ...    Read more

  21. Why do “real” motorcyclists hate Harley-Davidsons?

    Lost amid all the noise surrounding hard-candy flake paint, mini apes and Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary is the disturbing footnote that one of our all-time favorite Motor Company motorcycles, the XR1200, has been dropped from the 2013 lineup. The XR1200—the Sportster-based tribute to the iconic XR750 racers that have dominated American dirt ...    Read more


    MILWAUKEE (May 23, 2012) Highlighting passion and creativity from independent musicians, filmmakers, writers and photographers, the Harley-Davidson Ridebook is the source for authentic interactive insight into the motorcycle lifestyle. The latest Ridebook chapter is a video and essay on the Prohibition Tour curated by musician Butch Walker. Accompanied by a ...    Read more

  23. Harley-Davidson Softail Slim | First Look

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTO: Harley-Davidson Call this one the Anti-Fat Boy. Harley-Davidson has put its signature Softail on a diet to create the new Softail Slim, a stripped-down bike built to recall an old-school bobber. With cut-down fenders, a solo seat and minimal accessories, the no-nonsense Slim delivers a lighter, cleaner ...    Read more

  24. Whatever Happened To… Harley-Davidson’s XA?

    Words: Aaron Frank Photo" Harley-Davidson Archives As reliable as it was, Harley-Davidson’s WLA (see Icon, page 32) did suffer one major shortcoming: a high-maintenance chain drive. So when in 1940 the U.S. Army asked Harley to design a “next-generation” combat motorcycle, shaft drive—just like Nazi Germany’s BMW R71—was a mandatory feature. Operating on ...    Read more

  25. Harley-Davidson Rocks Beach Street, Speedway in Daytona

    MILWAUKEE (Feb. 21, 2012) – Harley-Davidson will fire up the riding season at Daytona Bike Week 2012 with a collection of the latest and greatest motorcycles and more at Riverfront Park on Beach Street and at Daytona International Speedway. “We know that Daytona Bike Week signals the start of motorcycle ...    Read more

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