5 Minute Histories: Harley-Davidson Sportster

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Harley-Davidson created their Sportster partly as a result of losing sales and prestige to the quick and nimble British motorcycles being imported into the United States in the fifties as Britain’s government used an “export or perish” economic model to pay off her war debts. These bikes from the likes of Norton, Triumph, and small arms maker BSA were around 500cc capacity heading on up to 650cc. Born in an environment in Britain where racing from café to café trying to reach 100mph and not get caught by the police had become a new sport.

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Harley-Davidson Dyna Custom

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We don’t see all that many Harley-Davidson Dyna-based customs. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite like this, the Sportster is by far the most common platform for customisation when it comes to American motorcycles – especially American motorcycles from Milwaukee. This bike started life as a 2000 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide before…

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Laurent Dutruel Land Speed Racer

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Land speed racing is a pastime that has turned out some of the most extraordinary two and four wheeled vehicles that have ever seen the light of day. Land speed machines are almost purely function-before-form, but it’s exceedingly rare to see an ugly one – a unique trait that I don’t think is common to any…

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Harley-Davidson Scrambler

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The Harley-Davidson Sportster is the longest running model in the Milwaukee-based marque’s history, it was first introduced in 1957 but its predecessor (the Model K) was on the market 5 years earlier. Since its inception, the Sportster has been characterised by its relative light weight (compared to other Harley models), low cost and accessibility to…

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Harley Davidson WR 750 Factory Racer

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The Harley Davidson WR 750 was developed with one purpose in mind – to defeat the successful Indian Scout on the dirt track speedways of 1930s America. The legendary battle between the two big American motorcycle manufacturers had begun in the formative years of American board track racing and continues unabated today – albeit now…

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Harley-Davidson Speed Racer

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The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a motorcycle that we’ve seen customised 6 ways from Sunday, the model is Harley’s best selling and longest running, and its huge production numbers mean that they’re are readily available. The idea of converting the Sportster into a genuine sport bike has been undertaken countless times, perhaps most famously with the…

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Harley-Davidson Street 750 by TJ Moto

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The Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 are broadly considered to be the two most important new models in recent memory from the 102 year old motorcycle manufacturer. The two mid-size bikes are largely targeted at the developing world, with a special interest in India – a nation that almost certainly has more motorcyclists than any other….

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Harley-Davidson American Scrambler

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Harley-Davidson is not a motorcycle manufacturer that many will associate with off-road adventuring, the company has carved out a significant niche as the world’s foremost asphalt cruiser marque but as soon as the bitumen fades into gravel – you’d be better off on foot. Until now. This is the American Scrambler – a Harley-Davidson designed…

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