The Evolution of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

What are the models that have shaped the future of Harley Davidson, their similarities, recurrent themes and innovations? How have they helped make the brand an American icon? This book is not one more book about Harley-Davidson. Its merit is how author George J. Pardos approaches his research from the perspective of the 1st year Harley-Davidson models from 1911 to 1965, describing in details each innovation and failure, from the first commercially available twin in 1911 to the first 12 volt high compression electric start Harley-Davidson in 1965. George provides critical statistics, illustrating each model using contemporary photos of memorabilia. Never seen in any motorcycle book, he lists many AMCA judging scores, description of point deductions and subsequent corrections to help the would-be restorer.

George J. padres is a well known avid collector and restorer of antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles. His personal collection includes first year only Harley-Davidson motorcycles dating to 1911. He has an extensive Harley-Davidson Enthusiast library dating to the first issues as well issues of the early Harley-Davidson publication The Dealer. His collection includes all things unique and Harley, from kidney belts to five gallon oil cans to tank decals and emblems. He also started the 1st online forum dedicated to answering questions, buying, selling and trading antique motorcycles.

This book includes 180 photos of motorcycles, their parts and memorabilia and is sold in a soft vinyl coated cover. Photos by Karry George. Texts are on non-glossy paper. 132 pages of amazing history. The Evolution Of The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.

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6 Responses to “The Evolution of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle”


  1. 1 G. Pardos Dec 23rd, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    If you go to Amazon and look up the book, there is a “look inside feature”. It shows the index and the models discussed.

  2. 2 Miami Chopper Shop Dec 30th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Great research. Nice work!

  3. 3 Duhl Dec 30th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Great book, and significant motorcycles, I can attest because I painted many of them.

  4. 4 Hark Jan 3rd, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Is it true the first carburetor on a Harley was made from a can?

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