Classic Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Tom Myers’ 1969 XLCH Sportster

The story of a 1969 Harley-Davidson XLCH that’s been in the same family for more than 50 years.

1979 Harley-Davidson FEXF Shovelhead

A reader shows his Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, which he bought after riding his friend’s FLH Shovelhead.

Domestic or Imported? 1961-1968 Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 250 Wisconsin/Sprint/SS

Comparing the Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 250 Sprint with the alternatives of its day, the Triumph T20SM Mountain Cub and Honda CL72.

Scavenger Hunt: 1936 Harley-Davidson EL

A 1936 Harley-Davidson EL, another fine steed from the stable of Wisconsin-based motorcycle collector Paul Woelbing, is restored the hard way.

Hell-Raiser: 1956 Harley-Davidson KHK

Any K-model Harley is rare, but the Harley-Davidson KHK is the rarest of the rare, with just 1,163 built in two years.

Missing Link: 1919 Harley-Davidson Model W Sport

Harley-Davidson’s first sidevalve engine was also its first horizontal flat-twin engine.

A Look into the Crystal Ball

A look back at the 1971 Harley-Davidson Super Glide and the history of the term “Superbike.”

Looking Past the Past: Greg Hageman’s Harley-Davidson XLR Tribute

Bike builder extraordinaire Greg Hageman turns a Sportster into a tribute to the Harley XLR.

Mecum's 2017 Las Vegas Auction: 1977 Harley-Davidson MX250

A nearly unused Harley-Davidson MX250 will be among the bikes offered at the Mecum 2017 Las Vegas auction.

Spoils of Victory: 1948 Harley-Davidson S-125

The roots of the Harley-Davidson S-125 go all the way back to World War II.

Race Track Refugee: Harley-Davidson XRTT-750

Old race bikes never die, they just get recycled, as this custom Harley-Davidson XRTT-750 shows us.

The New Year Bike: 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

Owned by Mark Harrigan since new, this 1,776-mile Harley-Davidson XLCR is original right down to the tires.

Super Street Hog: 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000

Alan Cathcart rides the Harley-Davidson VR1000, the street bike homologation version of the VR1000 racer.

1920 Harley-Davidson

This 1920 Harley-Davidson was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

One Year Wonder: The 1975 Harley-Davidson RR500

Alan Cathcart rides the 1975 Harley-Davidson RR500, an Aermacchi-based 2-stroke racer.

Playing in the Dirt: 1974-1978 Harley-Davidson SX250

The Harley-Davidson SX250 was created to counter the Yamaha DT-1 during the offroad bike craze in the 1960s.

1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster (Video)

The Hollingsworth Race Team fired up its 1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster drag bike. Watch it roar!

The Knucklehead Arrives: 1936 Harley-Davidson EL

The Harley-Davidson EL with its overhead valve engine took awhile to perfect but the wait was worth it.

Special Order Racer: 1965 Harley-Davidson XLRTT

Bill Sherman reunites with his old Harley-Davidson XLRTT after more than 30 years.

The Stuff of Legends: The 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

If you had a need for speed, the Harley-Davidson JDH, arguably the first Superbike, was the machine for you.

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

This 1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1964 Harley-Davidson XLR-TT

The 1964 Harley-Davidson XLR-TT on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mellow Yellow: 1961 Harley-Davidson FLH Panhead

In 1961, there was nothing on the market quite like the big 648-pound Harley-Davidson FLH.

The First Electric Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson reveals Project LiveWire, the first electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

1958 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

The 1958 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster was born of competition stock.

Harley-Davidson Model Code Lettering System

What’s in a name: Trying to understand the Harley-Davidson model code lettering system.

1974 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1000 (Video)

After languishing for some 17 years, a 1974 Harley-Davidson roars back to life following a sympathetic refurbishment by owner Ken Peters, who sold the bike 19 years ago and just got it back!

Harley-Davidson FL in Rough Shape

Mike Toth’s restoration of a Harley-Davidson FL took a long time, but it’s good as new now.

Bonhams Smashes Expectations at Charity Sale of Pope Francis Harley-Davidson and Jacket

The pope’s 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide and matching leather jacket sell for €299,000 ($407,000) at the Bonhams Paris sale.

1980 Harley-Davidson XR-750

A 1980 Harley-Davidson XR-750 on display with a wide array of other classic motorcycles at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Touring aboard a 1948 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Our friends at Klim Technical Riding Gear shared this video of Aaron Moore and his restored 1946 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead with us. Aaron dropped by the Klim offices while on a trip from Dallas, Texas to the through Inuvic, Canada, and back. We think you’ll enjoy watching it. — Ed.

Steve McQueen's Legendary 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74

Steve McQueen's 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74 (1200 ccm) will be sold to the highest bidder at the inaugural Mecum Celebrity Items Auction: Celebrating the Legendary History of Hollywood, July 26-27, 2013, at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif.

Harley-Davidson Sprint SX350

Tomorrow’s classics: 1971-1974 Harley-Davidson Sprint SX350.

1955 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead

A 1955 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead on display with other classic motorcycles at the national Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1961 Harley-Davidson KR 750

A 1961 Harley-Davidson KR 750 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1928 Harley-Davidson JDL Sport Solo

A 1928 Harley-Davidson JDL Sport Solo on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1957 Harley-Davidson ST 165

A 1957 Harley-Davidson St 165 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

A Harley-Davidson WL 45 Named Suicide Sadie

Ed Mitchell shares his experience with his first motorcycle, a 1945 Harley-Davidson WL 45 nicked named Suicide Sadie. 

Mike Vils on His Harley-Davidson J: Painter to the Stars

Painter Mike Vils brought his 1929 Harley-Davidson J along on the Motorcycle Cannonball.

1949 Harley-Davidson Dragon Bike Replica

A 1949 Harley-Davidson Dragon Bike replica, like the one ridden by Peter Fonda in "The Wild Angels", on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Rum Runner: The Harley-Davidson V Series

Used to deliver booze during the Prohibition era, this Harley-Davidson V Series with sidecar rig is a well-worn survivor.

1963 Aermacchi

A 1963 Aermacchi motorcycle, a lightweight motorcycle produced by Aermacchi and Harley-Davidson, on display with other classic motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Café Americana: The Harley-Davidson XLCR

Legend has it that the Harley-Davidson XLCR was Willie G. Davidson’s baby, a bike he designed for himself.

Fully-Restored 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR Café Racer

Greg Hays shares the details on the restoration of his 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR "Café Racer."

1934 Harley-Davidson VL

A profile of the 1934 Harley-Davidson VL on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1909 Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle

The 1909 Harley-Davidson police motorcycle on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, is considered to be the earliest known police Harley in existence.

Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint

In spite of their shortcomings, Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint singles are actually quite well made.

1957 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL

Launched in 1957, the roots of the Harley-Davidson Sportster go back to the days immediately after World War II.

Tony Long’s Harley Café Racer

Tony Long readily admits to a love-hate relationship with his Harley Café Racer.

Riding U.S. Army Harleys

Bevo Bowen shares some vintage photos from the 1940s of the U.S. Army Harleys his father used to ride.

Is this a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7D?

If this antique motorcycle isn't a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7D, what is it?

The Harley-Davidson XR1000

The Harley-Davidson XR1000 had an XLX Sportster body with the soul of an XR750.

1974 Harley-Davidson Sportster: "Then Came Bronson" Motorcycle

A closer look at the Then Came Bronson Sporster and Don Collins' custom replica built from a 1974 Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Found on eBay: 1957 Harley-Davidson Sportster

There's something about really early Harley-Davidson Sportsters that we've always loved, and this one of the earliest. 1957 was the first year for the Sportster, and with less than 2,000 made that first year, this has got to be a fairly rare specimen more than 50 years later.

Hand-shift Motorcycle Racers Dance to a Different Beat

Two AHRMA racers talk about their passion for hand-shift motorcycles.

Found on eBay: 1974 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1000

Though we normally prefer more photos and a more complete description in our "Found on eBay" picks, this Sporster caught our eye for a couple of reasons. One is it's exacly the bike featured in our "Model Highlight" box to the left, and then there's the fact that you just don't run into many clean XLCH 1000's that haven't been chopped, wrecked or customized heavily.

Seth Enslow makes record-breaking 183.7-foot jump

Freestyle motocrosser Seth Enslow broke the existing record of 157 feet for a successful long distance jump aboard a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, sailing 175 feet through the air on a specially prepared 2010 XR1200. And he did it twice!

The Harley-Davidson Sportster 1000

With an unbroken production run of 53 years, the overhead valve Harley-Davidson X-series Sportster has outlived all of its early rivals, and is still able to raise its middle finger to the vagaries of the motorcycle marketplace.

Found on eBay: 1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH

Chalk it up to the fact that our next “Under the Radar” focuses on the 1972-1985 Harley-Davidson Sportster, but this week we found ourselves trolling through eBay’s Harley listings to see what kind of old American Iron we could find.

Found on eBay: 1968 Harley-Davidson KR-TT 750

Though we're big fans of buying bikes we can afford, ride and enjoy, we occasionally come across a piece of unobtanium that's just too cool not to be shared. This 1968 Harley-Davidson KR-TT is a perfect example.

Harley-Davidson closes Buell, will sell MV Agusta

Reeling from even worse than expected third-quarter results showing an 84.1 percent decline in net income over the same period last year, Harley-Davidson has announced it will shut down its Buell division and sell off MV Agusta, the Italian manufacturer H-D bought just last year. A visibly stunned and emotional Eric Buell, founder of the brand that carries his name, has posted a video announcing the planned December closure. To view Buell's video press release and read the rest of the story click on the title above.

Harley XLCR Café Racer

The Harley-Davidson XLCR was Willie G. Davidson's one and only brush with the cafe racer set, and it created a classic for all time

Custom 1977 Harley-Davidson FLHS

Wrecked and retired, a 1977 Harley-Davidson FLHS thunders back to life

Riding the 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200

Forget everything you thought you knew about Harley-Davidson motorcycles, because the XR1200 is like nothing H-D’s ever made, including Harley’s 1970-1980 XR750 flat tracker that inspired it. Although everything about the XR1200 screams yesterday, it’s a thoroughly modern machine.

1952 Harley-Davidson KRTT

Back to the beach on the 1955 Daytona-winning Harley Davidson KRTT

Harley-Davidson: Building a Legend

The Knuckleheads are coming! And so are the Fat Boys, Panheads and Silent Gray Fellows. Over a century of Harley-Davidson’s finest motorcycles will be on display for Harley-Davidson: Building a Legend. From its humble beginnings in Arthur Davidson’s backyard shed to its preeminent status as an American icon, visitors will learn about Harley Davidson’s fascinating history, while also getting a chance to learn about Studebaker’s role in the American automotive industry.

2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200

Add one more bike to the growing list of new retro-themed bikes — this time from right here in the good old U.S. of A. Harley-Davidson has released the new XR1200, a Sportster-based hot rod whose styling draws heavily from Harley history, mimicking H-D’s iconic and race winning XR750 of 1970-1980.

The Hogbitz Café Racer

American muscle and British style come together for a modern take on a classic theme

Found on eBay: 1957 Harley-Davidson FL Police

Unusual and beautiful in its own way, this 1957 Harley-Davidson FL is a neat old Panhead that's ready for a new owner.

Ray Jahnke's Harley-Davidson XLCH

A classic motorcycle scene from the early 1960s.

Found on eBay: 1942 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car

Though we've featured a few Harley-Davidsons (including a nice race-ready XR750 and  a 1978 Harley XLCR ), the Servi-Car is a Harley that even some of the most die-hard V-twin fans aren't familiar with.

1934 Harley-Davidson VLD

There are conflicting stories on how Bob Steig's 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD came to be named Annie.

The Harleyton: Half Harley, Half Norton

One part Harley, one part Norton, lightly shaken: Nick Roskelley's Harleyton combines a Norton featherbed frame and Harley flathead engine.

Found on eBay: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750

Though it may not be the world's most practical motorcycle, you've got to admit that a highly-modified XR750 just sounds like it would be a ball of fun.

1977 Harley-Davidson Confederate Edition

Late 1970s "Southern Rock" music inspires Harley-Davidson.

Harley decides – Finally! – to sell new XR1200 in the U.S.

Stymieing U.S. buyers, earlier this year Harley-Davidson introduced the flat-tracker inspired XR1200, whose styling draws heavily from Harley history, mimicking H-D’s iconic and race winning XR750 of 1970-1980. The hitch? It was a Euro-only offering.

Found on eBay: 1967 Harley-Davidson Sprint

We're not sure why, but this week's eBay wandering led us to several Harley-Davidson Sprints, the nicest of which is this 1967 250cc Sprint. 

Found on eBay: 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

This week's eBay searching led us to an unusual discovery, and one that we just had to share with our readers. Between 1977 and 1979, Harley-Davidson produced just 1,923 XLCR's, and it's not too often you see them up for sale.

Harley-Davidson VR1000 Superbike sells on eBay

When was the last time you saw a Harley-Davidson VR1000 for sale? We couldn’t remember either, and that’s why we thought our readers might find this interesting.

Evel Knievel Remembered: America's Stuntman

The last few months of 2007 were rough for motorcycle legends. After losing Bud Ekins, 77, in October, Evel Knievel, a stuntman of a different kind, passed away Nov. 30, 2007.

1968 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

When Carl Fronk returned from his tour of duty in Vietnam in June 1968, the first thing on his mind wasn’t finding a job — it was finding a new Harley Davidson Sportster.

1966 Harley-Davidson Sprint H

Ross Puleo is a man with a mission. A lover and restorer of Aermacchis, the little Italian imports that Harley-Davidson sold in the Sixties and Seventies, he wants to spread the word about the Italian-American classic known as the Harley-Davidson Sprint H.

1959 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH

Restoring a 1959 Harley-Davdson XLH Sportster proves to be the perfect cure for one man's blues.

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