History, with all The Dust Blown Off

Traveling into the past is a thrill when you ride with Harley-Davidson.

Archives

1980 FXB-80 Sturgis

This vehicle is powered by an 80 cubic inch engine with a 4-speed transmission. The FXB features the first modern belt drive and uses both primary and secondary drive belts in lieu of chains. The styling of the Sturgis features all black engine, transmission, battery cover, air cleaner, instrument panel and cast wheels with orange stripe. It has an electric start and a kickstart.

The name of this new vehicle recalled its beginnings. It was named after the famous Black Hills Classic, which began as a gypsy tour and dirt-track race in 1938. Originally sponsored by the Jack Pine Gypsies motorcycle club, the event has grown into a popular multi-day festival of scenic touring, racing and entertainment. Today, “Sturgis” is the largest motorcycle rally in the world, and a rite of passage for
many riders.

While riding a belt-drive prototype back from this annual gathering, Willie G. Davidson pulled off the road and jotted down some styling ideas for a new model. These initial thoughts led to this all-black motorcycle, introduced in 1980. The advertisement declared the Sturgis model “A badlands tested factory custom, from the only company that knows what ‘custom’ really means.” 

This motorcycle is currently in storage on the 3rd floor of the Museum’s
Archives building.

Donating An Artifact

If you wish to offer an item to the permanent collections of Harley-Davidson, please mail or e-mail the following to the address below:

  • A detailed description of the item
  • A photograph of the item
  • Your complete contact information, including phone number

Your submission will be reviewed by the Archives and Curatorial Staff of Harley-Davidson. If we are interested in acquiring the item for the Harley-Davidson Archives collections, you will be contacted for further information. Unfortunately, the Archives cannot accept unsolicited donations.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON ARCHIVES

Attn: Archives Manager
500 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
donations@harley-davidson.com

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