Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Harley-Davidson

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6. Porsche Designed a Liquid-Cooled V-4 Engine for Harley in the 70s

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In the mid-1970s, Harley embarked on what would now be called a middleweight sport-touring bike. The Nova featured a compact  liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-4 engine displacing 800cc, designed by Porsche and slated to eventually be built in sport, cruiser and racing configurations. H-D was then residing, uncomfortably, under the corporate umbrella of American Machine & Foundry (AMF), which was approaching the conclusion that it was time to cut its losses and find a buyer for Harley. Thus, after what was reported to have been a $9 million investment in the Nova project, it was shelved. Among the companies expressing interest in the H-D acquisition were Caterpillar, Bangor Punta and Fuqua Industries. Fuqua Harley?

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  • http://www.aclu.org i1n1f1o1m1a1n1i1a1c1

    “…Harley’s bicycles were stout and stylish, but they were expensive in a quite crowded market….”

    And thus a tradition was born.

  • Shistang

    I wont buy a Harley-Davison they ignore the needsof the Black Communnity.

    • Bull

      Your a fuckin idiot!!!

      • Alvin White

        That would be “you’re a fuckin idiot” ….. but your sentiment is dead on ..

        • J Schtulmann

          LOL. and Shistang, what are the needs of the “black” community…..racist prick

        • Bull

          Lol, yes Alvin I know this. It was an intentional grammar stab at his use of the word “needsof”. Lol, but hey at least you were paying attention! 10 points for you and a gold star!

    • Dennis

      LOL ya go that to the All the black riders I see

      • Shistang

        What you said there dont make any sense, but Harley-Davison need to offer insentives to African-American customers with special discounts on bikes and then become known as a progressive company witch will help sells in the long run.

        • http://norimek.com/blog Robert C. Barth

          Wait. Are you suggesting HD offer discounts to black (potential) customers simply because they’re… (wait for it) black?

        • Dennis

          Are you kidding me …… go in and get the best deal you can like any other person…….

        • Dennis

          I don’t see a problem with ANY minorities not being able to afford a Harley

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    this is nice

  • Dennis

    “unfortunately ,I didn’t snap a picture of it”…….. how many times I heard that…….

  • miike

    I bought a new HD about 7 years ago…but HD wouldn’t stand behind their warranty. So I traded it for a VW powered sand rail, and kept my Honda V-twin, which now has 50K miles on it, and only routine maintenance & tires. The value of my new HD dropped to 1/2 the minute I drove it home. Never again! Maybe a used one? No hurry to make another mistake!