14 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles That Define Excellence

The Harley-Davidson motorcycle brand has been an enduring presence in the American landscape since its inception in 1903, surviving even the harsh economic downturn of the Great Depression (as reported by TIME). Throughout its history, the company has weathered ownership changes and numerous threats of bankruptcy. However, beyond merely crafting motorcycles, Harley-Davidson has cultivated a lifestyle synonymous with American culture, solidifying its status as a cultural icon.

With over a century of motorcycle manufacturing under its belt, Harley-Davidson boasts an extensive lineup of models, some standing out more than others. During the era spanning from 1969 to 1981, the company faced challenges under AMF ownership, a period often criticized for a decline in quality. Despite this setback, Harley-Davidson eventually rebounded, producing modern motorcycles known for their solid construction. These machines command high prices, with top-tier models retailing for over $44,000.

Delving into the archives of Harley-Davidson's illustrious history, we've curated a list of 14 exceptional bikes from this legendary Milwaukee-based company.

  1. Harley-Davidson WLA Liberator
  2. Harley-Davidson V-Rod
  3. Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250
  4. Buell Motorcycle Company
  5. Harley-Davidson XR750
  6. Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
  7. Livewire One
  8. Harley-Davidson 11F
  9. Harley-Davidson Sportster
  10. Harley-Davidson XLCR
  11. Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead
  12. Harley-Davidson XR1200
  13. Harley-Davidson Road King FLHR
  14. Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST

Each of these motorcycles has left a significant mark on Harley-Davidson's legacy, whether through technological innovation, racing prowess, or cultural impact.