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Harley-Davidson Sport Model
Harley-Davidson Sport Model
Resource Typeimage
TitleHarley-Davidson Sport Model
Coverage / Year1919
DescriptionThe Harley-Davidson 1919 Sport Model is a one-passenger motorcycle with a storage rack behind the seat. The gasoline tank is positioned between the chrome handlebars and seat. The cycle's engine is two-cylinder and its rubber tires are chain driven. The Sport Model is painted flat army green. The rider's seat is black.
InterpretationIn a small shed behind the Davidson family home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, William S. Harley (1876-1943) and Arthur Davidson (1881-1950) started experimenting with bicycles in 1901. By 1903 the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. was founded. Its first commercial motorcycle was the "Silent Gray Fellow, " a single-cylinder vehicle. The company sold just 150 cycles in 1907, but that same year it also had its first sales to police departments. Harley-Davidson's trademark forty-five degree V-Twin engine, introduced in 1909, became a customer favorite and sold 1, 149 vehicles that year. Harley motorcycles with this engine type could reach top speeds of sixty miles-per-hour. Step-starters and internal expanding brakes were introduced in 1914. The following year, three-speed transmissions were added to the motorcycles for the first time. The U.S. Army ordered its first motorcycles for military duty in 1916. By 1920 Harley-Davidson had become the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. The company had dealerships in sixty-seven countries. Harley-Davidson has continued to expand and evolve in both design and production to this day.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities;
Learning Standards16 History; 10-12 Science; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorHarley, William S., 1876-1943; Davidson, Arthur, 1881-1950
Other ContributorsHarley-Davidson Motor Company
SourceWise, David Burgess. Historic Motor Cycles, New York: Hamlyn Publishing Inc., 1973. Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archives; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Accession File #47.13
Subject / KeywordsMotorcycles; Land transportation; Transportation;
Collection PublisherMuseum of Science and Industry, Chicago;
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Resource Identifier47.13
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