The Hits from Willie G. Davidson
In 1969, Willie G. Davidson became the Vice President of styling. Harley Davidson wanted a bit of the customising craze that was going around.
1971: Harley Davidson FX Super Glide
The customisation craze led to the 1971 FX Super Glide which was pretty much the first factory custom from the company.
The bike combined the sporty XL series front end with the frame and the power of the FL series. This bike is considered to be the most stylistic significant motorcycle to come from Harley Davidson.
1977: Harley Davidson XLCR Café Racer
The XL series for Harley has been around since 1957 but 20 years later the XLCR Café Racer appeared.
The XLCR was only made for two years with its low handlebars and blacked out paint white wall tires.
1990: Harley Davidson Fat Boy
The Fat Boy was a bold cruiser. The Fat Boy forms part of the Softail family and Arnold Schwarzenegger rode one in The Terminator.
1991: Harley Davidson FXDB Dyna Glide Sturgis
In 1991 the Dyna line up was launched with the FXDB Dyna Glide Sturgis which was named after the town where the famous motorcycle rally takes place.
The Dyna’s are known for their dynamic riding feedback. They feature a larger, runner mounted v twin engines, exposed battery boxes and visible coilover shocks.
2002: Harley Davidson VRSCA V-Rod
This can be considered the most controversial production from Harley. The V-Rod was created in the efforts to lure younger buyers to the brand.
The V-Rod was inspired by the VR 1000 race bike. The V-Rod contained the first Harley liquid cooled engine and was also the first to combine this with fuel injection and overhead cams.
2007: Harley Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster
The latest factory custom trend is the Harley black out Dark Custom theme. The early days of this movement can be seen in the 2007 Sportster XL1200N Nightster, that features trimmed down components, fork gaiters, black rims and side mounted license plate holder.