But despite this, there are some things that not many people know about them.
In this blog post, you’ll learn 7 things about Harley Davidson that aren’t as well known, including:
- A short-lived attempt at a scooter
- A famous French actress and model
- The origin story of the word “hog”
1. Harley once made a motor scooter
Known as the “Harley Topper,” the scooter featured a 165 CC two-stroke engine and a rope-recoil type starter motor (just like the one found on a lawnmower).
To date, this is the only scooter Harley Davidson has made, and only 3,800 were ever built.
2. The Harley M50 – Harley’s moped
Built in Italy by Aermacchi (a former aviation company), the Harley Davidson M50 featured a 50cc 2-stroke engine – being one of the smallest bikes to carry the Harley stamp.
During its brief 2-year production lifespan, only 10,000 Harley M50s were built in total.
3. Bridget Bardot sang about Harleys?
4. Many Harley models are referred to by their engine
However, you might be surprised to discover that the “head” doesn’t necessarily refer to the cylinder head—instead, it relates to the rocker boxes.
For more information, watch the video below from RevZilla, which talks about the history and characteristics of each Harley engine type:
5. The Origin Story of the word “Hog”
But do you know the origin story of how the word “Hog” stuck?
In the 1920s, Harley had a racing team named “the Wrecking Crew.”
One of the team’s riders named Ray Weishaar (pictured below) adopted a baby pig as a team mascot, which he called “Hog.”
6. The “Harley Sound”™ is trademarked
In fact, it’s so recognizable that, in 1994, Harley filed a sound patent for the sound made by their V-twin engines.