|Did You Say Harley?
If you are looking for a special ride and you see a motorcycle
with Harley painted on the side do not buy it no matter how
good the deal seems to be. Harley-Davidson is a registered
trademark and only real Harleys can bear the logo. Notice that
is Harley, not Harley.
The Harley-Davidson Motor Company was established in 1903 in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was co-founded by William Harley,
Arthur Davidson, Walter Davidson, and William Davidson. The
three Davidson's were brothers, and William Harley was
Arthur's friend. They named the company Harley-Davidson with
the hyphen in the middle to tell people there was more than
one founder. Rumors for the reason Harley's name is first
range from because it sounded better, to because he came up
with the design for the first engine. The hyphen is often left
out, especially on websites and when searching online.
If you search for Harly on the Internet you will come up with
results, even though it is not the proper spelling of the
name. This happens either due to typos, or cleverly designed
search engine optimization of ads. Whatever the reason, most
of these sites are still legitimate. Do not be afraid to order
from them or follow their advice. Any products for sale with
the word Harley however, are not legitimate. They are either
cheap knockoffs or out right scams. Don't waste your money.
Legitimate Harley-Davidson dealers are located all over the
United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia and
Europe. Most dealerships sell not only motorcycles, but also
Harley Davidson clothing and accessories as well. The very
first Harley dealer was C.H. Lang. He opened for business in
Chicago, Illinois in 1904 and sold one of the first 3
production Harley Davidson motorcycles ever sold.
Once you have purchased a Harley-Davidson you might decide to
customize it. Once again if the parts say Harley Davidson look
elsewhere. If the guy selling you the parts is named Harley,
well that's just a heck of a coincidence.
There are many kits available to help you customize your bike
yourself, or you can take it to the shop. If you can afford it
you may even want to have your own customized bike designed
and built just for you. Some people choose to customize to
increase functionality. This may include installing luggage
racks. Some people customize to fit their riding style. This
is where chrome comes in. Chrome fenders are just the
beginning. Chrome hardware such as polished screws and bolt
covers can actually be matched to your other accessories. A
chrome master cylinder cover and chrome hand levers complete
Custom paint is another way to establish your own style. You
will probably want to have this done unless you are an artist
yourself. Any bike can be custom painted whether it is a
touring bike, a cruising bike, or a racing bike. Just make
sure the artist paints Harley-Davidson, not Harley-Davidson.
The paint job should reflect the riders personality.