For as long as i can remember, the mystique of motorcycles, and being in the wind has captivated me; and you might say this love has helped shaped the person i have become. As little kid, my mom and dad rode, but it wasn’t until an uncle had stopped by our house one day on an old ’49 Pan Head chopper that i was truly drawn to the biker lifestyle. maybe is was the shine of the chrome, the big ape-hangers, the sexy head covers on that beautiful work of American Steel….I don’t think it was a conscience thought, but somehow i knew that this bike and it’s lifestyle was what i was going to be a part of when i grew up.
What is it that draws men and women to the biker lifestyle, is it the unmistakable roar of a Harley engine through unbaffled pipes, the freedom of the open road in your face, the desire to live on the wild side, or is it the modern day outlaw who rides alone and wanders the highways in search of the next adventure?
The American motorcycle has been an important part of the countries history since 1903 with Bill Harley and Arthur Walter Davidson developing a one-cylinder motorcycle. Around the turn of the century the gasoline engine was developed and the one-cylinder motor was introduced. Harley Davidson continued on through the years improving on their unique and one of a kind motorcycle design.
In 1917, one-third of all Harley Davidsons were sent overseas to the U.S. Military to fulfill their patriotic call and to aid in the war effort. The following year, roughly half of the motorcycles produced were sold to the U.S. military. In the end, about 20,000 motorcycles were used in the war, most of them Harley Davidsons.
In the 1940’s, the Harley-Davidson once again answered the patriotic call and sent its motorcycles overseas to aid in the war effort. In 1941, civilian production on the motorcycle was mostly suspended as the company turned out motorcycles for the war. Because of their commitment and excellence, Harley-Davidson received the Army-Navy “E” award; this wouldn’t be the last time. In November of 1945, civilian production once again started. In 1947, Harley-Davidson purchased the old A.O. Smith Propeller Plant and used it as a machine shop. The parts made here were shipped back to the old factory on Juneau Avenue for final assembly. In 1949, hydraulic front brakes were introduced on the Hydra-Glide models.
While the Harley enjoyed a reputation of quality and importance in certain crowds, but they were considered by many as a luxury of extravagance while our brethren of yesterday saw much more, and by the end of WWII The Harley Davidson had become an integral part of American life and culture that blossomed and grew into the bike lifestyle we all know and love.
There have and always will be those who do not understand us, or why we choose this lifestyle, and many more who have taken misunderstanding a bit too far, and maybe that is why an important saying was coined, “We give what we get”.
I do remember an old saying, “Ladies Love Outlaws” i had heard once, and while i was still a young man i saw the connection of some cool biker pulling up at the local bar on some bad ass Hog and getting the attention of the women there. As some women are drawn to rich men and that millionaire lifestyle, just as many if not more could not consider anything more appealing than a tattooed man on a fat Harley chopper.
Whatever it is that draws you to the biker lifestyle, the rich history and heritage will live forever, in the pages of American history, and within the hearts of those of us who life by a code that is understood only by those who ride!
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