Clockwise from top left: William S. Harley, William A. Davidson, Walter Davidson, Sr., Arthur DavidsonIn 1901, William S. Harley, age 21, drew up plans for a small engine with a displacement of 7.07 cubic inches (116 cc) and four-inch (102 mm) flywheels. The engine was designed for use in a regular pedal-bicycle frame. Over the next two years, Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson labored on their motor-bicycle using the northside Milwaukee machine shop at the home of their friend, Henry Melk. It was finished in 1903 with the help of Arthur's brother, Walter Davidson. Upon completion, the boys found their power-cycle unable to conquer Milwaukee's modest hills without pedal assistance. Will Harley and the Davidsons quickly wrote off their first motor-bicycle as a valuable learning experiment.
Work immediately began on a new and improved second-generation machine. This first "real" Harley-Davidson motorcycle had a bigger engine of 24.74 cubic inches (405 cc) with 9.75 inches (25 cm) flywheels weighing 28 lb (13 kg). The machine's advanced loop-frame pattern was similar to the 1903 Milwaukee Merkel motorcycle (designed by Joseph Merkel, later of Flying Merkel fame). The bigger engine and loop-frame design took it out of the motorized-bicycle category and would help define what a modern motorcycle should contain in the years to come. The boys also received help with their bigger engine from outboard motor pioneer Ole Evinrude, who was then building gas engines of his own design for automotive use on Milwaukee's Lake Street.
The prototype of the new loop-frame Harley-Davidson was assembled in a 10 × 15 ft (3.0 × 4.6 m) shed in the Davidson family backyard. Most of the major parts, however, were made elsewhere, including some probably fabricated at the West Milwaukee railshops where oldest brother William A. Davidson was then toolroom foreman. This prototype machine was functional by September 8, 1904, when it competed in a Milwaukee motorcycle race held at State Fair Park. It was ridden by Edward Hildebrand and placed fourth. This is the first documented appearance of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the historical record.
I asked this man for allowing me to take a picture. He had a funny mask on his face.
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baddori (20119) 2011-05-22 12:27
Le hd sono in tutto il mondo ma negli States necessario ...lunghi viaggi e motori che non surriscaldano .
Adesso sono anche un CULT ...l'uomo vuol partecipare al "Mitos"
Complimenti per l'immagine
Charo (51210) 2011-05-22 16:27
The man is very well combined with his face with his jacket huego doing.
A quite unique, with beautiful color and definition.
mumek (20202) 2011-05-22 18:45
Interesujaca koszula i maska mezczyzny siedzacego na wspanialej maszynie.Swietnie pokazane ostre szczegoly pieknego motocykla. Bardzo dobre wykonanie. Bardzo interesujaca notatka.
pajaran (59085) 2011-05-22 22:57
Dobar tekst sa podacima i istorijom motora ...
Harli je zelja svakog bajkera.
Dobar snimak i ostrina kojom ste naglasili detalje na Harliju, lepa fotografija.
Imajte lep dan i pocetak nove nedelje.
Good text data and history engine ...
Hurley is a desire of every biker.
Good clip, and sharpness with which you expressed the details of Harlem, beautiful photos.
Have a nice day to start the new week.
All the best.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-05-22 23:15
Les belles motos sont toujours aussi fascinantes mais combien dangereuses. J'aime la composition et la lumičre qui mettent la moto et le motard en valeur.
Urs (14082) 2011-05-23 1:54
Nice pose of the Harley rider with his painted face. Good diagonal POV, very attractive. Fine pastel color hues and high sharpness. Well done.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-05-23 4:39
fantastic and always fascinating the Harley Davidson, a symbol of the U.S., light and amazing detail, congratulations and good week
Silvio1953 (139889) 2011-05-23 12:46
Ciao Barbara, great POV on beautiful moto and funny driver, splendid clarity and wonderful light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (95503) 2011-05-23 13:46
Harley jak Harley ale stroj goscie zarzbisty.
Dobra jakosc fotografii.
anokutan (15097) 2011-05-24 10:54
Good diagonal POV, very attractive. Fine pastel color hues and high sharpness.
francio64 (39888) 2011-05-26 0:35
sono un appassionato di motociclette, sebbene amo un genere differente dalle Custom.
Preferisco le Sport, ma devo riconoscere che queste Harley hanno un fascino molto particolare.
Ancora piů particolare č il motociclista :-))
Sembra un Hells Angels :-))
Ottima cattura, con una luce ben gestita e un ottimo sharp.
aliabazari (16154) 2012-02-17 9:38
Sharp and very beautiful image with good composition.
REZA_V (700) 2012-11-19 23:59
Oh, how beautiful. Excellent composition and lighting done. Too good
thebest (4276) 2013-03-07 15:06
Not sure about this guys mask & jacket looks a bit evil - anyway it makes for a great image - love the Harley & your extensive & interesting notes.
The colours content & clarity of your photo is excellent.
Sorry for my late response.
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (33753)
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- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-02-19
- Categories: Transportation
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- Date Submitted: 2011-05-22 11:28