Date: Sunday, October 31 @ 15:20:19 UTC
Topic: Motorcycle, Motorcycles, Motor Cycle
The first Harley-Davidson "racers" were nothing more than standard production machines in the hands of some adventurous private individuals. These days, although competition is a long way from Harley-Davidson's corporate image, it's still very much part of the company soul. The American motorcycle racing scene was effectively founded by the Indian and Curtiss companies, but Harley soon picked up the gauntlet and eventually became the dominant force.
Even some of the founders were keen competitors - Walter Davidson himself recorded the first "factory" win in an endurance trial in 1908. By the First World War, daredevil riders were hurtling along on Harley twins at three-figure speeds -with no brakes and almost no suspension.
Since the innocent enthusiasm of the pioneer years, a wealth of Harley-Davidson racing machines have become legendary, from the first eight-valvers to the booming XR750 which still runs rampant on America's dirt tracks. For Harley-Davidson, as for almost everyone else, racing has improved the breed.
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