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North American Companies Operating in North America, Volume 7: Harley-Davidson

November 26, 2009

Few companies are as iconic as Harely-Davidson. Since its humble beginnings over 100 years ago, Harley-Davidson has been producing quality, high-performance motorcycles that are distinct in design and construction.

In 1903, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, from a wooden shed no bigger than 10 x 15 feet, assembled the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle after labouring over William’s original engine plans for two years. By 1904, the first Harley-Davidson dealer opened for business and the company was on its way to achieving unparalleled  success.

As an interesting historical tidbit, Harley-Davidson motorcycles are affectionately known as “hogs” and received the nickname from their earlier racing days. During the 1920’s, Harley-Davidson’s professional riders, a team of farm boys known as the “hog boys”, consistently won races. The group had a pig as their mascot, and following each win put the pig on their Harley for their victory lap. 

It’s a rare to find long-standing and storied companies, such as Harley-Davidson, but even more  rare to find them still operating in North America. At Antonio Valente, we salute Harley-Davidson’s committment to quality, innovation and the community.

The 1907 Harley-Davidson model

The 1907 Harley-Davidson model

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