1903: William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson build their first motorcycle.
1910: The “Bar & Shield” logo is used for the first time. It is trademarked one year later.
1914: H-D formally enters bike racing; first engineer is William S. Harley.
1922: The V-twin engine is introduced. Dealers are found in 67 countries.
1925: Gas tanks get the teardrop shape. This sets the trend for all bikes.
1929: The V-twin “flathead” engine debuts. Variations of it are available until 1973.
1935: An art-deco “eagle” design is first used, the beginning of graphics on Harleys.
1945: By the end of WWII, Harley-Davidson made almost 60,000 WLA military bikes.
1948: The 61 and 74 OHV engines are updated, also with “Panhead” shaped rocker covers.
1953: Harley-Davidson has its 50th anniversary and becomes the sole U.S. ‘bike maker.
1957: The legendary Sportster® premiers with a 55 cubic inch overhead valve engine.
1964: The Servi-Car, brand-new Electra-Glide and Sportster® receive electric starters.
1966: The “Shovelhead” engines is introduced on Electra-Glides, replacing the Panhead.
1971: The new “cruiser” class, FX 1200 Super Glide® is introduced.
1977: The FXS Low Rider® and the Cafe Racer are released.
1984: V² Evolution® engine debuts on five models including the all-new Softail®.
1987: Harley-Davidson is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
1990: The legendary FLSTF Fat Boy®debuts, the Dyna line follows a year later.
2000: The FXSTD Softail® Deuce™, fuel injection and new Twin Cam 88® engine all debut.
2001: The VRSCA V-Rod® is Harley’s first fuel-injected, OHC and liquid-cooled bike.
2003: More than 250,000 people attend Harley-Davidson’s 100th Anniversary.
2004: FLHRSI Road King® Custom is introduced. It brings a beach look to a classic Harley.
2008: The Harley-Davidson Museum opens in Milwaukee on 12 July 2008.
2010: The XL Forty-Eight and rider customizable H-D1™ are introduced.
2016: The first Namibian branch of Harley-Davidson opens in Windhoek.
This was a sponsored feature in NamWheels, images source Harley-Davidson Intl.
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Brilliant time line, I love it!