December 2, 2009

1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle History

In 1907 William A. Davidson, brother to Arthur and Walter Davidson, quit his job as tool foreman for the Milwaukee Road railroad and joined the Motor Company.

The only model motorcycle Harley-Davidson offered in 1907 was a Model 3, a 26.8 cubic inch (439.9cc) F-head single cylinder motorcycle. There was an experimental V-Twin engine that featured an automatic suction inlet valve but mechanical issues kept it from being put into production. The Model 3 Harley listed for $210, and Harley built roughly 150 motorcycles for sale that year.

1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

New features for the 1907 Model 3 included a new Sager front fork, oilers for the fork rocker plates and a standard engine hand crank.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is incorporated on September 17th. The stock is split four ways between the four founders, and staff size has more than doubled from the previous year to eighteen employees. The factory size is doubled as well. Dealer recruitment begins, targeting the New England region. And rumors have floated around of a prototype V-Twin Harley built in 1907.

Walter Davidson was named president, William Harley was elected chief engineer and treasurer, Arthur Davidson was secretary and general sales manager, and William Davidson became vice president and works manager.

Filed under Classic Harley History, History, Motorcycles by Staff Report

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Comments on 1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle History

December 5, 2009

Mr. Big @ 9:14 am

Hmmm…not sure why I even thought about this but since their were 3 Davidsons and 1 Harley I suppose the company could have been called Davidson-Harley. Now we’d all be runnin’ down the road on our “Davidson’s”. Or,”Hey, that Davidson sounds badass!” Little did William know that his name would become legendary in describing the motor company.