HISTORY OF HARLEY DAVIDSON


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1980-1989

1980 - introduction of secondary belt, cleaner and with less maintenance
Collaboration with Porsche leads to a 4-cylinder V liquid-cooled 800cc,


The Nova "porsche"
Only three copies of the "NOVA" will emerge, but reliability, much maligned for Harley
with this copy will become very close partnership between Porsche and Harley-Davidson.

The FLT Tour Glide 1340 cc comes out with a new framework for the first time with a five speed gearbox
and engine mounts on silent-blocks, to absorb vibration.


FLT - 1980 "King of the Highway"

On 26 February 1981, a group of 13 policymakers, led by Vaughan Beals, proposes to purchase · AMF.
The operation performed on June 16 for $ 75 million, V.Beals became the CEO of the firm.

The same year, for environmental issues, the two exhaust pipes are connected between it,
and new silencer called "staggered" are mounted on the range.

1982 - The Superglide II is launched as FXR and FXRS models. Equipped with a box 5


FXB Sturgis 1982

1983 - For its third application to the customs commission, an import surcharge
Over a period of 5 years is voted for Japanese models over 700cc.

Birth HOG "Harley Owners Group ®" Harley owners club.




The policy of the new CEO of that streamlines production on a MAN
"Material As Needed" (produced with the required), allows the release of a new Sportster
The XLX-61, a 1000cc stripped more than ever, the attractive price of $ 3995.



XLX-61 1983


June 83 The new framework Softail ® was unveiled to reporters.

1984 - Following seven years of study in collaboration with Porsche, Harley introduced the Evolution engine
(BlockHead) of 1340cc all aluminum is actually an evolution of the Shovelhead 1970
It is more powerful (75HP), but also more reliable; Its release marks the End of the Shovelhead engine in June.



V˛ BlockHead 80ci


1984 will remain "a year of renewal" with the other key to the future success of the brand:
The framework that allows Softail Harley-Davidson to find a look of rigid frame
through two dampers hidden under the gearbox.



Softail frame


The first model to benefit from these two technologies is the FXST softail



Softail FXST 1984




"Last Sovelhead" FLHX 1984


1985 - Abandonment of the box 4 of the Big Twin.

1986 - it was the turn of the Sportster Evolution engine to benefit from, the traditional engine
to 883cc, 1100cc and 1200cc and in a little later.
Disappearance of kicks in the Harley-Davidson; And the secondary transmission
password for the entire range 1340 cm 3 of the chain belt.

To continue in retro style, Willie. G and Louie Netz office style, draws
the FLST Heritage Softail, FLH copy Declared Hydra-Glide 1949.



Softail Heritage FLST 1987


June 27, 1986, HD offers for sale two million shares at 11 dollars each.
The success of the offer allows the company to build a war chest to
to see the future of the brand calmly, and even to ask the following year the repeal
the import surcharge on Japanese motorcycles, making for a Ronald Reagan HD "American success story".

On July 1, 1987, Harley-Davidson is officially listed on Wall Street.
The Sportster celebrates its 30th anniversary with the birth of a new model, the 883 Hugger.
The offer on Big Twin is enriched with The Heritage Softail Classic, Electra Glide and Low Rider Custom.



FXLR Low-Rider 1987


1988 - it's always fashionable retro premium, with the release of FXSTS Springer Softail equipped
of ancient parallelogram fork called "Springer" disappeared in 1948.



Softail Springer 1988


The Sportster 1100cc to 1200cc pass. With over 60,000 participants
Harley-Davidson celebrates its 85th anniversary with a rally in Milwaukee.



85th anniversary 1988


1989 - FLH is accessorized, and became queen of the road.



FLHTC-1989


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