How Well Do You Know Your “Harley History”?
December Trivia Question
Harley Davidson produced and sold a motor scooter in 1960. What was this motor scooter named?
November Trivia Question
What company did Harley Davidson merge with in 1969? (Isn’t this required knowledge to join a H.O.G. chapter?)
Harley Davidson was acquired by American Machine and Foundry (AMF) in 1969.
October Trivia Question
In 1922, Harley-Davidson created a bike so that they could test their new product. Even in 2002 this feature is just one of many that makes the Harley so special. What was the special feature that was added to the motorcycles 1922?
With the success of their motorcycles, the inventors were willing and able to try something new. In 1922, they invented the 74 cu in. V-Twin Engine. By doing so, they made the Harley the fastest motorcycle around. Today, the Harley-Davidson is world renowned for its speed.
July Trivia Question
In 1957, Harley-Davidson created the bike that would boost them to stardom. This bike design is still in existence today. What is the name of this bike?
In 1957, Harley-Davidson created the Sportster. This bike is the most favored design ever created by Harley-Davidson. WWF’s Undertaker rides the Sportster Lowrider. Harley-Davidson combined the design of both bikes in 1991 to create the Sportster Lowrider. This bike was mainly designed for cruising, but a word of advice, don’t try to out race this bike. This bike rivals all bikes that have been manufactured by Harley-Davidson. The only changes that have been made through the years on this model cycle, is the speed of its engine.
June Trivia Question
In which year did the first police department start using Harley Davidson motorcycles?
The answer is: In 1907, police departments started to use the motorized cycle to catch crimals at a quicker speed. They enjoyed the freedom that the cycle gave them. Thus, making their jobs easier. Even today police departments throughout the country still have policemen that perform their duties while riding a Harley-Davidson.
April/May Trivia Question
Harley Davidson motorcycles are affectionately referred to as HOGs. Our Chapter is known as a Harley Owners Group: H.O.G. However, was the term HOG in reference to the motorcycles coined from the Harley Owners Group, or did the HOG moniker come from another source?
The answer is: A group of Harley racers had a hog as their mascot. Whenever they would win a race they would take a victory lap with the hog on the back.
March Trivia Question
Harley Davidson has not been the only manufacturer of motorcycles for the U.S. market. Over the years there have been a number of competitors not only from the U.S. market, but the European and Asian markets as well. In 1953, Harley-Davidson’s oldest competitor close its doors. What was the name of that competitor?
The answer is: Indian Motorcycles
February Trivia Question
The Harley Davidson Motor Company is known for producing top of the line motorcycles since 1903. When most people think of a Harley, they think of the distinctive sound of the V-twin engine. (That is, unless they own a LiveWire!).
But, did you know that Harley Davidson’s first motorcycles were not V-twins? The trivia question for February is: “In what year did Harley Davidson introduce the V-twin engine as a regular part of their lineup?”
The answer is: 1911. The V-twin was originally introduced in 1909, however it suffered problems and was withdrawn. In 1911 a modified V-twin was reintroduced as a permanent part of Harley Davidson’s lineup.