15 Facts About Harley-Davidson

1. From its founding, Harley-Davidson had worked to brand its motorcycles as respectable and refined products, with ads that showed what motorcycling writer Fred Rau called "refined-looking ladies with parasols, and men in conservative suits as the target market".

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2. In 2008, Harley-Davidson stopped disclosing the average age of riders; at this point it was 48 years old.

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3. In August 2016 Harley-Davidson settled with the EPA for $12 million, without admitting wrongdoing, over the sale of after-market "super tuners".

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4. In 2009, Harley-Davidson added the Iron 883 to the Sportster line, as part of the Dark Custom series.

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5. In the 2007 model year, Harley-Davidson celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Sportster and produced a limited edition called the XL50, of which only 2000 were made for sale worldwide.

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6. In 2014, Harley-Davidson released a redesign for specific touring bikes and called it "Project Rushmore".

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7. In 2007, Harley-Davidson introduced the 96 cubic inches Twin Cam 96 engine, as well the six-speed transmission to give the rider better speeds on the highway.

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8. In August 2009, Harley-Davidson announced plans to enter the market in India, and started selling motorcycles there in 2010.

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9. As part of the deal, Harley-Davidson put $26M into MV Agusta's accounts, essentially giving Castiglioni $26M to take the brand.

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10. On October 15, 2009, Harley-Davidson announced that it would divest its interest in MV Agusta.

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11. In the early eighties, Harley-Davidson claimed that Japanese manufacturers were importing motorcycles into the US in such volume as to harm or threaten to harm domestic producers.

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12. In 1960, Harley-Davidson consolidated the Model 165 and Hummer lines into the Super-10, introduced the Topper scooter, and bought fifty percent of Aermacchi's motorcycle division.

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13. As part of war reparations, Harley-Davidson acquired the design of a small German motorcycle, the DKW RT 125, which they adapted, manufactured, and sold from 1948 to 1966.

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14. In the late summer of 1929, Harley-Davidson introduced its 45 cubic inches flathead V-Twin to compete with the Indian 101 Scout and the Excelsior Super X This was the "D" model, produced from 1929 to 1931.

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15. In 1912, Harley-Davidson introduced their patented "Ful-Floteing Seat", which was suspended by a coil spring inside the seat tube.

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