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What Is It About Harley-Davidson That Makes Them So Polarizing?

What Is It About Harley-Davidson That Makes Them So Polarizing?

In the Town of Port Jefferson there is a parking lot that has stalls marked for motorcycle only parking. There are a few picnic tables and benches in this area to allow people to sit and hangout. When the weather is nice the lot attracts many motorcycles.

A few months ago I snapped a picture of one of the benches on which someone wrote “Harly’s [sic] Suck.”

Graffiti in town

Do we need to talk about the murder of grammar and spelling here? If you’re going to try to insult someone, I think you should probably try to get your shit straight.

Harley graffiti

While in town yesterday, I saw that another bench has been marked up, this time with “Harly < BMX.”

Again, poor spelling but I have to give them an ‘A’ for consistency.

It got me to thinkin’~

What is it about Harley-Davidson that is so polarizing?

Harley-Davidson seems to be one motorcycle brand that many people are very vocal about their love or dislike of.

There are the die-hard brand loyalists who buy and proudly wear their branded gear, bandannas, t-shirts from dealers afar. Some riders get tattoos of the company logo, have stickers on their cars or trucks and seem to see Harley-Davidson as a facet of the American dream.

And then there are the people who are pretty vocal about hating everything HD stating reasons such as – outdated technology, poor performance and peddling a lifestyle above all else.

I cannot think of another brand of motorcycles that divides people so clearly. But why?

1920′s Board Track Racing Video from Daytona, Florida

1920′s Board Track Racing Video from Daytona, Florida

Barber Motorsports Museum Board Track Racing Display:
Imagine running full speed at 75mph and a 45° angle with nothing but your feet as brakes…
Board Track Racing Sign - Barber Museum

Barber Museum Board Track Racers

Great board track racing video from Daytona, Florida in the 1920’s. The intro title is a little long but stick with it. It just serves as further proof that motorcycle riders have always been adrenaline junkies.

Rhinebeck National Meet: Three Vintage Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Rhinebeck National Meet: Three Vintage Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

When we walked through the gates of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds where the Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet was being held, the rain was steadily falling from the sky. These three beautiful Harley-Davidson’s looked like delicious, brightly colored candy against the wet asphalt. Unfortunately, I did not see any signs or papers with information on their years and models. If you can identify them – please let me know!

Vintage Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Rhinebeck National Super Meet

Vintage Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Rhinebeck National Super Meet
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Family Treasures: Vintage Harley Davidson Motorcycle Photos

Family Treasures: Vintage Harley Davidson Motorcycle Photos

While visiting my parents over the Christmas holiday, I poked through some old photos looking for pictures of my dad and his motorcycles. I did find 2 from the 1950’s. I *think* he said the green one was a Harley Davidson 1950 FLH 74? Admittedly I know zero about Harley Davidson models so I would appreciate any guidance if I made a mistake.

My Dad on his 1950 Harley Davidson
My Pop on one of his Harley Davidsons - 1950's
My Dad on his 1950's Harley Davidson
My Dad the Town Hooligan - 1950's

My love of motorcycles seems to have passed on to me from my dad. I love hearing stories about his youth. Having photographs of him from that time are priceless to me.

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