The Complete Harley-Davidson

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Motorbooks International Publishers & Wholesalers, 1997 - Transportation - 159 pages
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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has been building motorcycles since 1903. In that period the Milwaukee firm has produced more than 140 models, and in the process it has established itself as one of the great symbols of modern American culture. The name, the culture, the look...all are unmistakable. Harley can justly claim to have elevated the motorcycle to almost mythic status, and to have created one of the great popular icons of our age. Here, for the first time in one volume, is the complete hardware history of these legendary American machines. Assembled in these pages are fine examples of every major model of motorcycle that the Harley-Davidson Motor Company has ever made. The majority of the motorcycles illustrated have been photographed specifically for this book, and feature machines that are in a superb state of restoration.
 

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Not just entertaining, educational, too. It's written in a style that is easy to read without insulting my intelligence. I've only read parts of it: The parts I'm interested in, which is pre-WW II. I like that in addition to writing about the bikes, there are included (but broken out into a side bar) specs for the bikes. No, not everyone needs or wants to know the weight of the 1916 HD J bike, but for some of us, it's darn interesting to watch the progression of certain specs from year to year, as bikes get more powerful while, in some cases, getting lighter. If you like Harleys or motorcycles in general, this is the book to read in bed before you fall asleep. That way, you're assured pleasant dreams.  

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41
FLHI966
90
1970
96
Sprint SX 350 1973
102
XLCR Cafe Racer 1977
108
XLH 1979
114
XLHI98I
120
FLHXI984
157
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Rafferty writes for Cycle Guide, and is a former editor of Cycle News and Big Bike magazines.

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