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Wow! I never knew that about Harley Davidson motorcycles!.

The History Behind the Brand:

Harley Davidson Motorcycles

Harley Davidson is one of the most well known and recognized motorcycle brands on the market today.  Whether you’re a fan of their motorcycles or not, one thing is certain-they have have managed to greatly impact the motorcycle industry and continue to do so to this day.

Having started as a manufacturer of small engines in 1903, Harley Davidson has grown from a small startup business between two friends to becoming an industry leader.  Their designs and innovations have created the classic models we have today which include, the Sportster models-originally conceived for racing, the Softail models, which feature Harley’s Big-Twin engine, and their Touring models which include the Harley Road King, Road Glide, Street Glide, and Electra Glide.

A close look at Harley’s success, reveals an interesting history behind it.  Like many companies, Harley has seen its share of ups and downs.  For a time, Harley was the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the 1920’s.  During both world wars, they helped the war effort by supplying the US army with motorcycles, and from their big twin motorcycles, came the creation of the chopper and a whole subculture of chopper enthusiasts and riders.

The infographic below takes us back through time starting from Harley’s inception in 1903 to the present day.

FIRST EVER HARLEY DAVIDSON HYBRID MOTO-CAR-CYCLE ( NO THIS IS NOT A JOKE)

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Ever heard of a hybrid between a motorcycle and car? Me neither, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. Why you ask? I don’t know, but maybe this guy just loves motorcycles and priuses?-who knows…

So check it out, this dude took a 2008 Toyota Prius and replaced its original engine with a 1986 Sportster 883 engine, that had been bored out to give 1100cc’s of power. Using a modified Prius differential, the front wheels are able to deliver power to the engine via a chain.  He dropped in a 4 speed transmission and voila: the world’s first ever Toyota-Harley hybrid moto-car-cycle! (Dr. Frankenstein would be so proud!)  Most of the vehicle is part car however, as it has retained its original mirrors, wheels, and car body.

All kidding aside though, the car not only runs, but it was actually used and competed in the 24 hours of LeMons.  For those of you interested in purchasing it, well, you’re in luck, as it’s currently for sale on ebay.

According to the seller,   the description states:

“If you are the type to whine about undisclosed damage after the completion of the sale, don’t friggin’ bid on this. While the title and the donor car itself are 100% clean and (despite appearances) there’s no previous accident for this car, consider it a total POS. That about sums it up.”

The ToyoHog is registered and insured and has never been in an accident. The seller will also throw in the remnants of the original Sportster motorcycle who’s engine was taken and installed in the “ToyoHog”, (though the Harley no longer runs).  The owner also says he will throw in several spare parts including a 1994 1200cc Sportster engine with a five speed transmission and various pistons and cylinder heads.

The one drawback I found however, was that the design kept the original steering wheel and pedals.  I would have loved for the steering and throttle control to have been changed to handlebars and grips, but maybe that will be available in next year’s model.  We’ll have to wait and see!

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