The Harley-Davidson history: the years from 1991 to 1999

2008-10-15gr.jpgThe year is 1991: The first model of the new “Dyna” platform debuts with the “FXDB Sturgis”. The machine is characterized by numerous innovations, including the new frame developed using the CAD (Computer Aided Design) process, which contributes to the Dyna models being among the most active Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

In 1994, Harley-Davidson entered the superbike racing circuit with the “VR 1000”. Harley rolls off the assembly line. In the following year, motorcycle production exceeded the magical 100,000 mark for the first time with 105,104 units. It's Year 1 for both the wildly successful Road King and Harley-Davidson fuel injection debuting in the 30th Anniversary Ultra Classic Electra Glide.

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In 1996, the Motor Company bought 49 percent of Buell, which produces sporty motorcycles with Harley engines. The majority shareholding in Buell was acquired in 1998. Harley-Davidson has long been the market leader in the USA for motorcycles over 750 cubic centimeters, and annual production is now more than 150,000 units. In Europe, the first mega party is taking place in Faak am See - celebrating the 95th birthday of Harley-Davidson. A year later, this will result in “European Bike Week”, the largest motorcycle event on the continent.

In 1999 the company introduced the new Big Twin engine “Twin Cam 88” with 1,450 cubic centimeters and two camshafts. It powers all “Dyna” and “Touring” models. A year later, the company presented the “Twin Cam 88B” based on the “Twin Cam 88” with two counter-rotating balancer shafts. From then on it serves as the power source for the new Softail generation.

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