This summer Harley-Davidson will celebrate its magnificent 115th anniversary. The American company has been on the market for over a century and produces motorcycles with the same passion and enthusiasm as in 1903 when William Harley and Arthur Davidson introduced their first bikes, one of which is the legendary Serial Number One.
It was constructed in the factory, which at that time was a small wooden hangar with a"Harley-Davidson Motor Company"sign hanging roughly on the door. Today, the motorcycle is on display at the Milwaukee Museum, and next to it,"The vehicle known as Serial Number One is slightly mysterious. His engine is injured but does not coincide with any of the first ones produced by Harley-Davidson. The frame, which dates back to 1905, is not the original for this motorcycle. All of these strangenesses cause a lot of debates. In the 1990s, the restorers discovered that a number of its components had a number 1 print. That's where his name came from. And because around Serial Number One there are many questions, it quickly becomes a legend in Harley's culture. But one thing is certain - that's the oldest Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the world."
The display is with wooden handles, a leather drive belt with a manual tensioner that is adjustable by the driver and the accelerator with a chain instead of a cable. Before it, there are several prototypes, and then a lot of serial machines that differ in both power and overall configuration. Serial Number One is made without mudguards and used for racing to demonstrate the power and endurance of the machines, especially the Harley-Davidson engines. And although Serial Number One is not the first motorcycle of the brand, it is certainly one of the founders - those who were at the beginning and are the basis for today's US brand motorcycles. And the spirit and the idea of freedom - they did not change 115 years later.