How The Harley-davidson Became A Cultural Icon-winfast

UnCategorized If you are driving down the highway and hear the familiar roar of a powerful motorcycle engine, there is usually no doubt what motorcycle is .ing down the road. It’s a Harley-Davidson. Since 1901 when William S. Harley began tinkering on motors in Milwaukee with his childhood pal Arthur Davidson, this timeless motorcycle .pany has been building motorbikes that have be.e an integral part of American culture and history. The Harley-Davidson logo is recognizable immediately and its reputation is secure as on of America’s most beloved cultural icons. This iconic .pany had humble beginnings. Harley-Davidson began as an engine-building hobby for two young men from Milwaukee, Minnesota. The first designs for Harley-Davidson motorcycles came from prototypes created by William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson in the Davidson family’s backyard with the help of Arthur’s brothers. The first documents appearance of a Harley-Davidson bike was in 1904 at a Milwaukee motorcycle race. This was an early prototype bike. In 1906, the young men built their first factory, which remains the corporate headquarters for the .pany to this day. The .pany began to grow rapidly and provided motorcycles for both World Wars. As one of only two motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression, Harley-Davidson was in an ideal position to provide motorcycles for the Army. In the 1950s through the 1970s, Harley-Davidson motorcycles reached iconic status thanks to Hollywood. During those years, the motorcycles were featured in hundreds of films and the .pany began to be associated with image of the outlaw biker gang. Another reason for this image was the Hollister Riot of 1947. During a motorcycle rally in Hollister, California, festivities got out of hand resulting in the arrest of 50 people for intoxication, reckless driving, and disturbing the peace. Later a film based on these events starring Marlon Brando called "The Wild One" only served to cement that reputation even more. Somewhere around the 1970s Harley-Davidson motorcycles began to be referred to as "hogs." The nickname is believed to have several origins. One theory is that they were called this in derision because of their slow performance in .parison to Japanese motorcycles, but the nickname has now be.e a term of endearment for most Harley-Davidson owners. Thanks to Hollywood’s constant use of these motorcycles in film, biker gangs like Hell’s Angels, and heavy use by police forces around the nation, Harley-Davidson motorcycles are considered tough bikes for tough men. In fact, 5% of the .pany’s . revenue is from licensing their logo. Clothing items like Harley-Davidson men’s and women’s leather jackets are especially popular in spreading that image. From their humble beginnings in a Milwaukee backyard to their current status as the quintessential American motorcycle, Harley-Davidson has made their mark on American culture. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: