The 10 Most Important Harley-Davidson Motorcycles In History

1990 Fat Boy

The all-new solid 16-inch wheels, wide body, flared fenders, and elegant silver paint job ensures the Fat Boy turned heads everywhere it went.

2009 FXSTB Night Train

The FXSTB Night Train is the perfect bike for enthusiasts looking for looks and power. It's powered by a 1,584cc air-cooled Twin Cam 96B engine producing 87.90 lb-ft of torque, giving it great performance.

1958 Duo-Glide

The FL is a model designation used on Harleys since the '40s. The FL went through multiple changes, with one of the most significant coming in 1958. The 1958 FL had many upgrades over the previous models, with the best being a new frame.

1915 11F

When Harley-Davidson was established in the early 1900s, it was essentially a motor-bike producer - the company built small engines that could be attached to regular pedal-bicycle frames. However, in 1915, Harley-Davidson introduced the model that turned it from a motor-bike prod

1957 XL Sportster

one of the longest-running motorcycle models of all time, having been in continuous production for over six decades. The first Sportster was built in 1957, and it quickly became one of Harley's best-selling models of the day, helping the American company compete with the growing


In the late '60s, the AMA Grand National Championship made a rule change that allowed European and Japanese motorcycles to outperform the dominant Harley-Davidson KR racer. To get back on top, Harley developed a new, faster racing motorcycle known as the XR750.

1936 EL Knucklehead

Harley-Davidson was going through a rough time in the 1930s. Facing stiff competition from Indian Motorcycles, Harley needed a new model to generate sales, so it came up with the EL, or Knucklehead, as it's commonly referred to as.

2002 VRSCA V-Rod

When the VRSCA V-Rod debuted in the early 2000s, it quickly reminded everyone that it was still the king of performance in the muscle bike space. This bike is the perfect blend of custom styling and performance.

2012 FLHR Road King

When the Road King debuted in 1994, it showed everyone that Harley was truly the king of the cruiser segment. This awesome bike quickly became the benchmark for other cruiser motorcycles, which is why it has been in production since.

2012 CVO Softail Convertible

When Harley noticed a growing demand for custom motorcycles, it established the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) department to create fantastic custom motorcycles based on normal Harley models. The Softail Convertible is one such model.

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