William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson: How a Couple of Lazy Twenty-Somethings Created an American Icon
The year was 1901. A new form of transportation was America’s newest obsession…the bicycle. The one-man, pedal-powered bikes were all the rage. Turn-of-the-century Americans loved the freedom and ease of transportation that the bicycle afforded them. Everyone was hooked on bikes. Except for 21-year old William S. Harley and his 20-year old childhood buddy, Arthur Davidson. They found the hard work of pedaling a bike to be…well, hard work. Wouldn’t it be nice, they dreamed if a motorized bike did all the pedaling for you? Harley and Davidson’s desire to take the pedal out of pedal-powered bikes ended with one of the greatest American icons, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.