Harley and the Davidsons: Motorcycle Legends

Harley and the Davidsons: Motorcycle Legends
Harley and the Davidsons: Motorcycle Legends
Paperback: $12.95
112 pages, 76 b/w photos & illus., 7 x 9"

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Pete Barnes

This addition to the Badger Biographies series tells the story of four young inventors who shared a dream: to create the best motorized bicycle in America. Their turn of the century aspirations took them from a backyard machine shop to a highly successful business empire - and all in the span of just a few years. With grit, determination, and not a little elbow grease, Bill Harley and the Davidson brothers - Arthur, William, and Walter - used their engineering and machine-shop expertise to continually perfect their designs and present the best possible products to the American public. Along the way they made their mark on the racing circuit and introduced safety measures that continue to this day.

After their deaths, their sons and daughters continued this legacy, buying back the company after it changed hands and re-establishing Harley-Davidson as the king of the motorcycle world.

From the old Knucklehead, Panhead and Shovelhead motors to the Evolution, Revolution and Twin Cam engines that followed, the story of Harley and the Davidsons remains one of the great success stories of the 20th century.

Pete Barnes is a National Board certified teacher who teaches fifth grade social studies, science and math in New Albany, Ohio. He has written articles for youth audiences in the American history magazine "Cobblestone," for educators in the magazine, "Instructor," and he writes a monthly column called "Life in the Middle" for the magazine "Teaching K-8." Pete has a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and a Masters degree in education from Ohio State University. His other book in the Badger Biography series is Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace.