10 Facts You Never Knew About Harley-Davidson®
Think you know Harley-Davidson® motorcycles? We've got 10 facts about Harleys we're sure you don't know.
1. Harley-Davidson started out as a bicycle manufacturer in 1916. Motorcycles showed potential of being more profitable so the company shifted exclusively to motorcycles in 1921.
2. In 1902 William S. Harley was only 21 years old when he drew up blue prints for an engine that would fit on a bicycle.
3. The first Harley-Davidson® used an old tomato can as a carburetor.
4. At the start of the twentieth century, Harley-Davidson® didn't rule the motorcycle market. The industry was flooded with more than 100 motorcycle manufacturers, some with more years in production than Harley. It all changed when Harley formed a racing team, the Wrecking Crew, which won numerous races. After all those wins their sales boomed.
5. Seth Enslow, not Evel Knievel, holds the record for longest jump on a motorcycle. Knievel is the most famous jumper of Harleys, but Enslow went the furthest in 2010, jumping 183.7 feet on a modified XR1200.
6. Harleys were produced in Japan in the early 1930s by Rikuo Internal Combustion Company. Rikuo built almost 18,000 motorcycles between 1937 and 1942, used mostly by military and police, then ceased production in 1958.
7. Janet Davidson is known as the first woman to ride a Harley, however there is speculation as to whether the motor was running. At the very least she's the first woman to sit on top of a Harley.
8. Malcom Forbes, the founder of Forbes magazine didn't begin riding Harleys until he was 40, however he loved the motorcycles so much he owned fifty of them.
9. With a price tag of $40,000 the CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide was the most expensive Harley ever made. Just 4,200 of these beauties were produced in 2013.
10. Harley-Davidson® has built its motorcycles with V-Twin engines, single-cylinder motors, and Boxer motors. It's most popular for the V-Twin engines, but the bikes with Boxer motors were known to be more agile.
Now that you know a bit more about Harleys, why not enter to win a chance to own one? You can, during our Red, White, & Vroom event! This July at Isle of Capri Casino® Kansas City we're giving away a Harley- Davidson Street 500 every Friday and an Iron 883 every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Want to increase your odds? Earn 10X entries every Wednesday. Good luck!