Harley-Davidson. The Complete History.

hd1hd2You think that you have already read enough books about Harley-Davidson, that you know everything about their iconic motorcycles? Don’t think so. As its title implies, the newly released hardcover book Harley-Davidson: The Complete History (240 pages, 5 pounds) is probably the most detailed narrative and richer photography about each Harley machine. All the prototypes and models are extensively reviewed, from the very first prototype to the Silent Gray Fellow to the latest liquid-cooled CVO Electra Glides.

It includes big chapters devoted to the most beloved and recognizable ones: the Peashooter, the Knucklehead, the Panhead,, the KR, the Sportster, the XR750,the Shovelhead, the Evolution, the Twin Cam, the V-Rod, and all the rest. It is the very extensive work of Darwin Holmstrom who has written, co-written, or contributed to over thirty books. He is the senior editor for Motorbooks and prior to that he served as Midwestern editor for Motorcyclist magazine.Harcover 10.2 x 1.2 x 12.8 inches. $38.50. Order at Harley-Davidson: The Complete History.

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6 Responses to “Harley-Davidson. The Complete History.”


  1. 1 bigalyts Oct 2nd, 2016 at 9:33 am

    This is a Treasure and there is not a Finer Coffee Table Magazine to own, have and always refer to! Sounds like it might be the Last Book to Buy about Motorcycles.

  2. 2 KIrk Perry Oct 2nd, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    …the last book to buy on old Harleys, can be traced back to the very people who decided to use “old molds” from earlier tanks when they created the replica 1948-64. 3.5 gal. fuel tanks. I campaigned for them to be made exact. H-D didn’t care, so it wasn’t a directive from the “factory”.
    Some key people in the industry say it will go down in history as a big mistake. It’s hard to continue a tradition when there’s no believable tanks to build with. Stett & I did ok through the years with our books. 1,942 copies of Vol.1 found homes, along with 226 of Vol.2.
    Sales slowed after the tanks debut. There’s hordes of original tanks hanging from rafters that will never see another mile.
    Field tops the field, plus he can actually write.

  3. 3 Sharkey Oct 3rd, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I see no mention of the FXDX/T models in the index…”complete” indeed…

  4. 4 Zundap Oct 3rd, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Sharkey, The FXDX was one of the best HD’s ever.

  5. 5 KIrk Perry Oct 3rd, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    American Pickers will be looking for people who have 1936-1964 3.5 gallon fuel tanks they want to sell. Contact them for a televised visit to your trove of tank’s and tank halves. Any condition considered.
    Google them for a contact.
    Put some tanks back into circulation, and get top dollar for what you’ve been hanging on to.

  6. 6 Sharkey Oct 3rd, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Goggle image FXDXT or Dyna T Sport; I owned the blue one that appears many times. Favorite motorcycle I ever rode. Period.

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