More Fascinating Harley Davidson History

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If you have been following our Travels with Harley blog over the past few weeks, you will be well versed on Harley Davidson history. This week we take you to the 80’s and 90’s to find out more about Harley Davidson history, and how it has changed motorcycles over the years.

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When AMF saw a decline in sales in the early 1980’s, the company decided to sell Harley Davidson to a group of investors that included members of the original Harley Davidson founding families thus solidifying Harley Davidson history once again. Today, the Davidson family is still involved with the running of Harley Davidson with one of Harley Davidson’s direct descendents, Willie G. Davidson serving as the President of Styling.

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During the 1980’s and the early 1990’s Harley Davidson history strikes again with the new owners introducing the model Harley Davidson families that are still being manufactured today. The Softail, FLT, and the Road King joined the ranks of the classics such as the Electra Glide.

In 1990, Harley Davidson introduced the FLSTF Fat Boy, which immediately became a legend as far as motorcycle design was concerned.

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Harley Davidson introduced the Dyna Line of Harley Davidson motorcycles debuting with the FXDB Dyna Glide Sturgis in 1991. That same year, Harley Davidson began the installation of a new art paint facility. The $31 million dollar factory in York, PA became operational by 1992.

Buell Motorcycle company

In the middle of the 1990’s, Harley Davidson took a controlling stake of the American sportbike and street bike Buell Motorcycle company and began manufacturing and selling Buell bikes to Harley Davidson dealers across the country.

In 1993, Harley Davidson celebrated in Milwaukee with a family reunion for its 90th anniversary with more than 100,000 people riding in the Harley Davidson motorcycle parade.

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By 1997, all inventory was moved from the warehouse on Juneau Avenue to a brand new parts and accessories distribution center in Franklin, WI. The 250,000 square foot facility is just another spoke in the wheel of Harley Davidson history.

Next week Travels with Harley will share the last chapter in Harley Davidson History from the late 1990’s to 2007.