Some Unusual Harley Davidson Motorcycles

Harley Davidson, from its earliest beginnings, has never been a company to go with the accepted norms. They have experimented with single cylinder, V-twins (air cooled and, more recently, liquid-cooled), and opposed-cylinder engines. While most of the engines were (and are) of the 4-stroke variety, Harley did produce some small, single-cylinder 2-stroke powered motorcycles in the 1970’s when the AMF Corporation owned the company.

There were also some specialized models for use by the military and the police introduced in the early 1940’s – among them the XA and the Servicar.

The Harley XA was an opposed-twin, shaft drive motorcycle designed for battlefield use during WWII. It was based on BMW’s motorcycle designs in use by the German Armed Forces at the time. Only 1000 were ordered for evaluation, but by the time they went into production, the US Armed Forces had already decided on the Jeep as the general purpose vehicle of choice.

                                 1942 Harley Davidson XA

With a production run from 1932 to 1973, the HD Servicar was Harley’s first production trike. It could be ordered with or without a built-in tow-bar and a small or large box. It had a rigid, differential-driven rear axle and a reverse gear. It was offered first during the great depression era in an effort to boost Harley’s sales into new markets. It became a popular means of transportation for police departments across the country.

                1949 Harley Davidson Police Servicar

In the 1950’s and into the late 1960’s, Harley produced a series of single-cylinder 2-stroke bikes modeled after European models in vogue at the time. The “Hummer” is one such example. It was based on a German DKW design: the DKW RT125. This design was part of German WWII reparations, and the design was given to the three major allies, USA, Great Britain and Russia, each of whom made their own copies of the design. The Hummer was the US’s copy.

                       1959 Harley Hummer Model S-125

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The Joy of the Harley Davidson Electra Glide

The concept of the Harley Davidson Electra Glide biker has been the inspiration to numerous Hollywood movies, endless classic rock songs, and even world famous and critically acclaimed novels. However, this lifestyle is far from fictitious.

Many bikers live every day for the sole purpose of their bare knuckles and to enjoy the sensation of being exposed to the elements while traveling to an unknown destination. Harley Davidson holds these bikers separate from all the rest. They have taken love and respect for the motorcycle and have developed a lifelong passion for riding. It is because of this undeniable commitment and free-spirited living that Harley Davidson designed, created, and produced the Electra Glide.

First introduced in 1965, Harley Davidson Electra Glide offers just about everything a serious and passionate biker needs and if there are any additional requests it’s designed is easily customized with limitless upgrades and additional accessories. To say that the Electra Glide became an instant classic is an understatement.

Traveling on a Harley Davidson Electra Glide is made even more convenient and comfortable due to the additional classic touring handlebars, injection-molded GTX saddlebags and trunk, full-length adjustable passenger footboards, and a traditional one-piece two-up leather seat. Of course, they have lots of additional bells & whistles to make touring the most enjoyable experience possible – GPS navigation, AM/FM/Sirius Satellite Radio, rider/passenger intercom, and optional CB radio communications.

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The Harley Davidson Boom! GTS Information System

Harley Davidson boom GTS (GPS Touch Screen) information system has received an enhanced display and a large group of different features which has made it much more perfect. Its touchscreen and sides have gotten a more modern look, and the framework currently has the compatibility of the Apple play and also the hand-voice recognition.

It first made headlines back in 2013/2014, but the Boom! The infotainment system was due for some upgrades, so for 2019, the new Boom! Box GTS infotainment system gets an improved display, a faster processor for enhanced performance and a host of other features to make it even more compatible with external programs. The touchscreen and frame get a more contemporary look, and the system now has Apple CarPlay compatibility (when a microphone is used with Harley’s optional Genuine Motor Accessories headsets) as well as hands-free voice recognition, which is a welcome plus.

Probably most noticeable is the 6.5-inch Boom! Box GTS display. It has a Gorilla Glass touchscreen surface that goes edge to edge in a modern design that mimics the latest high-end automotive displays, and its surface treatment minimizes reflection for better visibility in daylight. The improved TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display screen now has 100 percent more resolution, higher contrast, and is optimized for use in wet or dry conditions.

Harley also says the Boom! Box GTS processes faster, has more memory, and is more responsive than the previous Boom! Box 6.5 GT system. It has a start-up time of just 10 seconds, and a route calculation time of just 2.5 seconds.

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A Few Things To Know About Harley Davidson Motorcycles For Sale

People interested in motorcycles know the value of the best models, and one of the most desired is Harley Davidson. Harley Davidson motorcycles are unique in design – they all have some version of a V-Twin engine and are designed for street or highway riding. The company is offering 35 different models for 2019 with prices ranging from around $6,900 to over $50,000. However, the majority of Harley’s 2019 line pricing is in line with other well-known motorcycle company’s offerings – companies like BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Ducati and Triumph.

People who haven’t been in the market for a motorcycle recently (or first-timers) may experience some sticker shock. However, like automobiles, today’s state of the art motorcycles have massive technological improvements that make them safer, more reliable, and easier to ride than their predecessors. These improvements always come at a cost, but in case you haven’t noticed, car prices have gone up some to over the years (I bought a brand new Shelby GT500 in 1969 for $6500 out the door). Also, for you folks who haven’t had a chance to ride a big-bore bike recently – or at all, my suggestion is that you take a test ride before you decide. Most Harley dealerships have certain days when Harley corporate personnel visit and conduct the test rides. Finally, for those of you looking to move over from motorcycles that have small-bore, high RPM engines like the “racing” style bikes you see on the street, be prepared for some serious low-end power. Harley lists its engine specs by torque, not horsepower, and the raw power from the huge cylinders will be immediately apparent when you twist the throttle no matter what engine size you choose. The largest engine Harley offers this year is a 114 cubic inch monster – that’s a 1.8 liter engine – larger than some automobile engines!

Buying a pre-owned Harley Davidson motorcycle has many benefits for potential owners, but don’t expect cheap here. Harley motorcycles are considered by many of their owners to be a blank canvas that can be made unique to the owner through the addition of  thousands of aftermarket and Harley Davidson factory customization items. There are some truly beautiful Harleys out there for sale. An added bonus is that when a Harley owner goes to the trouble and expense of customizing a bike, it generally follows that the owner will take exceptional care of it. As a result, Harley Davidson motorcycles have the best overall resale value in the world. Many models are known to have added value with time.

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Basics Of Motorcycle Touring

What will you be doing on your next vacation? If you haven’t considered a road trip on your motorcycle, perhaps it’s time to rethink your options. One of the best ways to achieve this is to organize a motorcycle tour and it doesn’t matter if you are going alone, with your significant other or in a group. There aren’t many ways to experience that “get away from it all” feeling these days, but a motorcycle tour is certainly one of them.

Let’s take a moment to think about planning for a successful and fun tour. You’ll need to think about how long the tour is, what shape your ride is in, what shape your wallet is in, and what shape you’re in.

How long will your planned tour be? Tour planning is made simpler by researching routes that have been ridden and documented for their scenic beauty and “fun factor”. Harley & others publish touring handbooks online that are worth researching. They are on the Harley site under “Owners / Plan Your Ride / Ride Planner”. There are some amazing tours out there! How about the “Tail of the Dragon” in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, “Three Twisted Sisters” in central Texas or along the “Skyline Drive” in Virginia, just to name a few.

How many days do you expect to be on the road? Could you stretch that number of days if you need to drive fewer miles each day? What type(s) of terrain will you expect to be in? Long stretches of straight highway are generally less popular for motorcycle touring trips – it’s usually the twistier and hillier the better. But, whichever trek you choose means that your motorcycle’s tires better be up to the task. You might consider talking with whoever puts the tires on your bike about the length of your journey vs. the current condition of your tires.

Speaking of tires, be sure to check the load limit of your ride & adjust the tire pressures accordingly. Tires that are in good enough shape for no-luggage, single-rider around-town trips could heat-fail during a long, luggage-packed trip. You should also take your ride to a certified mechanic and have it gone over with a fine-toothed comb to identify any issues that might cause a breakdown on the planned trip.

From the Harley websites, here is a couple of URL’s you might want to check out while planning your trip:
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