Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Harley-Davidson

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4. H-D has Won World Championships in Roadracing

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In 1960, Harley-Davidson bought 50% interest in the Italian Aermacchi factory, taking it over entirely in 1974. The Italian-bred two-stroke roadracers, re-badged as Harley-Davidsons, went on to earn three consecutive 250cc World Championships (1974 through 1976) with racer Walter Villa aboard the RR-250. Villa followed up his quarter-liter success by earning the 350cc title for Harley in 1977.

Harley also attempted a return to macadam scratching in the AMA Superbike ranks in 1994 with the VR1000. Developed with design and engineering assistance from Porsche, it proved an expensive undertaking that produced mediocre results. Riders Miguel Duhamel, Doug Chandler, Pascal Picotte and Chris Carr campaigned the bike but never won a race.

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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!