Harley Davidson is probably the most widespread and famous motorcycle maker of them all. That comes with decent reason as their deals and product is continually rated as the best of the best. Every business however has things they don’t want you to know right? Well, Harley Davidson has no escape from it although they handle things a little differently than most other companies.
Harley Davidson is a transparent business. They are not the WWE by any means at all. Pretty much the whole thing you need to know about the company is available with a little research and they don’t go to any lengths to try and hide anything. You can just simply type their brand at Wikipedia and you’d be surprised with the information the digital space will provide.
Of course, there have been things that have happened that they would prefer you to forget about, so those could be things they don’t want you to know. Here are 10 interesting facts that may get your attention:
HARLEY MADE BICYCLES
HD BUILT BOXER STYLE TWIN-CYLINDER MOTORS
PORSCHE MADE A LIQUID-COOLED V-4 ENGINE FOR HD
HARLEY WASN'T AT THE TOP OF THE MARKET
Harley is known as being the best of the best right now as far as motorcycles go, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1910 HD was producing around 3,000 motorcycles per year while Indian was putting around 6,000 out on the market.
It wasn’t until 1920 that Harley Davidson reached the top of the mountain as far as motorcycle makers goes. It took them a while but it’s an accomplishment that they have not relinquished.
THEY LIKE YOUNG RIDERS
WITH SLOWNESS CAME LESS REVENUE
Since they didn’t turn out a lot of motorcycles at the beginning, Harley Davidson’s revenue was next to nothing at the beginning. With one bike out the first year and only two the next year, other companies were far out earning the small company. Even in 1905 when they put out eight motorcycles they were still far behind the others. Sure they quadrupled their revenue from a couple of years prior but it wasn’t until 1920 that the company was solidified as the best in the world.
HD FOUND A WAY AROUND INDIA’S TAX
The way around it was they actually built a factory right there in India. This way, anything that rolls off of the assembly line isn’t really an import because it was made right there. That’s pretty smart thinking if you have the business to make it worthwhile. Harley Davidson obviously does.
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