In 1903, William Harley partnered with Arthur, William, and Walter Davidson to build their first motorcycle in a small shed in their Milwaukee backyard. Working nights and weekends to bring an idea to life, the founders of Harley-Davidson handcrafted parts to roll out their first three motorcycles. Their creation has become not only a fixture on the world’s highways, but a symbol of freedom, adventure, and individuality.
From those earliest days, Harley-Davidson® motorcycles were woven into the American landscape. By committing to innovation and resilience, Harley-Davidson powered through several recessions, the great depression, and two world wars.