Heads turn when a Harley rides by. No other motorcycle manufacturer in the world has managed to create such a devoted following among its disciples or market its image so successfully, to the extent that the sound of thudding V-twin engine is sufficient to proclaim the approach of the great American dream machine. Harleys are more than simple modes of transport: they genuinely embody a lifestyle and represent a design style that is uniquely American. In this beautifully designed, compact handbook, author Tod Rafferty reviews the history of Harley Davidson from its foundation in 1903 to the present day, and selects the 100 landmark machines from this period that best exemplify the Harley style. The illustrations include superb studio colour portraits of each bike, plus close-up detail shots, and pictures of Harley memorabilia and collectibles from the appropriate period. The text provides a succinct design history and essential data on each model. The total package succeeds in providing both an engineering history and a visual celebration of a design classic.
Tod Rafferty is an American motoring author who specialises in motorcycling. He has written many books, including the best-selling The Complete Harley Davidson Encyclopedia and Harley Davidson: The Ultimate Machine, Tod lives in California.