Eight Fun Facts about Harley Davidson Motorcycles


As avid Harley Davidson riders, Jim and I like to read everything there is to know about the history of Harley Davidson, especially with the 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary coming up Labor Day Weekend.

When we spend the weekend in Milwaukee Wisconsin with tens of thousands of other Harley Davidson riders and fans it’s always nice to share interesting facts about the most well-know motorcycle in the world.

A few days ago, I was surfing the net and came up with a few fun facts that neither Jim or I knew, and I’ll bet you didn’t either!


1. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle actually came from a blue print drawn by William S. Harley in 1901. That blueprint was meant for a bicycle.

2. In 1905, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Harley Davidson factory hired its first full time employee. In that same year, Harley Davidson won its first motorcycle race.


3. Although Janet Davidson is known as the first woman to ride a Harley, there is some speculation as to whether the motor was running or not. Apparently, the Davidson boy’s aunt helped out with the painting and pin striping. Either way, she was the first woman to sit on a Harley even if she and the bike never left the factory.

4. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle actually used a tomato can as the carburetor.


5. When Harley Davidson opened a bigger factory on Juneau Ave., it employed six full time team members. It was at the same time that the, “Silent Gray Fellow,” was launched for its silent engine and the color gray.



6. The legendary V-twin motorcycle showed itself to the world in 1909.


7. Forbes magazine founder, Malcolm Forbes didn’t start riding Harley Davidson’s until he reached the age of 40. He loved them so much that he owned fifty of them and began giving them away as gifts .

electra glide

8. The CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide, manufactured in 2013, was the most expensive Harley Davidson every made. Only 4,200 motorcycles were released each with a price tag of $40,000.

I know there are lots of other fun facts out there and I will be sure to share them with you in, “Travels with Harley,“ as soon as I uncover them!