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America’s longest continually-operating motorcycle manufacturer, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. got its start in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Aside from a brief period between 1969 and 1981 when the American Machine and Foundry held it, the marque has largely remained under “family” ownership. Best known for big cruisers and tour bikes, deep historical roots lends its products an undeniable authenticity and fidelity to tradition. Check out our Buyer’s guide for more information about Harley-Davidson models.

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Top Speed's 2020 Harley-Davidson Buying Guide

Top Speed’s 2020 Harley-Davidson Buying Guide

Take a look at what Harley-Davidson has on tap for 2020

Harley-Davidson stepped up its game a notch ahead of the 2020 model year with a beefed-up lineup, starting with the mid-year release of its new entry-level cruiser, the Softail Standard. The apparent lag in rider-controlled ride-quality electronics was thoroughly addressed by the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems bundle, and for the electric-bike fans out there, the much-discussed/rarely-seen LiveWire has finally landed on showroom floors. A special Fat Boy marks the 30th anniversary of the model line alongside three new CVO models and an expanded Road Glide family with an S-model Low Rider to round out the new MY20 models.

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Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Our 20 picks for the most thrilling machines we can’t wait to ride in 2020

2020 is a new decade, a new year for all of us to leap and move forward fearlessly. To re-invent and to make room for things which really matters, things that will uplift you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

OR

Throw up your arms, wash off that alcohol stink, and go get yourself a new motorcycle. Works just the same.

Here’s our top twenty production motorcycles coming in 2020 that does all of that, and more.

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Top 5 new Dressers / Baggers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Dressers / Baggers coming in 2020

The most luxurious machines on two wheels with panniers to go the long distance

These are motorcycles with large motors having plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position that defines any modern-day cruisers. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire for freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling becomes uncanny.

Coming in hot with full fairings to protect you from the elements, large engines, navigation systems, all-important music, and connectivity options and by far the most comfortable seats, here are our top five dressers/baggers of 2020 that does all of it in luxury:

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Top 5 new Bobbers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Bobbers coming in 2020

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail

Minimalism and understatement do not always go hand in hand. In this case, it is the whole point of the design. Bringing the designs from their history books and fusing them with cues of early performance models, manufacturers catered to the ’bob-job’ from the 1930s through the 1990s custom scene.

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders, and having a bob-tail, here is our list of the top five Bobbers coming in 2020. They run on massive engines yet harks back to a different time – ostensibly the post-WWII era when returning servicemen stripped their bikes of all unnecessary weight for the sake of going faster.

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Top 5 new Cruisers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Cruisers coming in 2020

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of new cruiser motorcycles coming in hot in 2020 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul.

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Top 5 new Streetfighters coming in 2020

Top 5 new Streetfighters coming in 2020

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities has given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of new machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top five coming in hot for 2020:

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Top 5 new Adventure Tourers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Adventure Tourers coming in 2020

Capable off-roaders with the balance and handling of a sport-standards

For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.

Here are our top five all-new adventure tourers coming in 2020 with some excellent versatility to trout the lands across the globe. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Powerful engines, long travel suspensions, and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

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Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

And a guide to help you extract maximum mileage off a tank of fuel from your motorcycle

The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.

Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.

We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.

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Top Speed Buying Guide To The 2019 Harley-Davidson Lineup

Top Speed Buying Guide To The 2019 Harley-Davidson Lineup

2019 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Explained

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is arguably the most famous American motorcycle manufacturer, recognized around the world as the trendsetter for the U.S. cruiser and tourbike market. Due to changing market demographics, H-D branches out into sportier street models and recently made the jump to adventure bike and EV sectors in a fight to survive within these rapidly evolving markets.

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Top 7 Bobbers of 2018

Top 7 Bobbers of 2018

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail

Minimalism and understatement do not always go hand in hand. In this case, it is the whole point of the design. Bringing the designs from their history books and fusing them with cues of early performance models, manufacturers catered to the ’bob-job’ from the 1930s through 1990s custom scene.

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail, here is our list of the top seven Bobbers of 2018 that run on huge engines yet harks back to a different time – ostensibly the post-WWII era when returning servicemen stripped their bikes of all unnecessary weight for the sake of going faster.

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Top 7 Dressers of 2018

Top 7 Dressers of 2018

The most luxurious machines on two wheels

Full dresser, full dress tourer, or dresser are jargons for machines that love to hit the asphalt covering some major miles in the most sumptuous comfort. With complete sets of saddlebags and top box to carry all your and your passenger’s belongings, dressers are the ultimate cruising weapons that give you creature comforts like no other on two wheels.

Coming in hot with full fairings to protect you from the elements, large engines, navigation systems, an all-important music, and connectivity options and by far the most comfortable seats, here are our top ten dressers of 2018 that does all of it in luxury:

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Top 10 Baggers of 2018

Top 10 Baggers of 2018

Touring motorcycles with panniers to go the long distance

Baggers are nothing but motorcycles with large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position defining any modern-day cruisers, with an addition of saddlebags. Meant for long distance travel, baggers maintain agility, an open feel, and classic motorcycle styling. In addition to the bags, they will often have windshields, partial fairing, a more comfortable seat, better suspension, larger tank, and forward controls.

Touring is synonymous with motorcycles; it’s an integral part of the riding experience. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire for freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling just becomes uncanny. Here is our list of top ten baggers of 2018 touring the roads of the world:

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Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of the cruiser motorcycles of 2018 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. Basically defining the concept of motorcycling, cruisers keep us wandering off with just a twist of the throttle to the unknown.

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More on Harley-Davidson

As the story goes, childhood friends William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson joined forces in 1901 to put together an engine drawn up by Harley, and it was ready by 1903 with the added help from brother Walter Davidson. This first engine powered a push-pedal bicycle to make a de facto moped-like machine. (Legend also has it that the pair built an outboard motor as well, with an interesting detail; a tomato can with a wick in it served as the carburetor.)

In 1904, the marque entered a race at the Milwaukee State Fairgrounds and took fourth to put itself on the map. Just three years later, the factory was supplying police bikes and had put together its first V-twin. The new V-twin configuration would become a mainstay over the next decade and would produce the factory’s first mile-a-minute bike.

World War I would prove to be a windfall for H-D as the U.S. military was quite keen on motorbikes and ordered 20,000 units. H-D itself would pass from family hands in 1969 to the American Machine and Foundry (AMF) and this would launch the Dark Years of poor quality control and demoralized workers. The factory would pass back to family control in 1981, where it would remain until present day.