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Even Harley-Davidson can’t fit one hundred-plus years of history into a single museum. Experience more here – including an interactive timeline.

 

H-D Timeline


2000

The FXSTD Softail® Deuce™ is introduced to the immediate delight of riders and the motorcycle media.


The 2000 model year Softail® models are outfitted with the Twin Cam 88B™ engine, a counter-balanced version of the Twin Cam 88.


Fuel injection is unveiled as a feature new to the Softail line of motorcycles for the 2001 model year.


Buell introduces the Blast®, a single-cylinder motorcycle, for the 2000 model year. The Blast receives excellent reviews. It's introduced in tandem with the Rider's Edge® Academy of Motorcycling, a beginner's rider course available through Harley-Davidson and Buell dealerships.

2001

The VRSCA V-Rod® is introduced for the 2002 model year. Inspired by the VR-1000 racing motorcycle, the V-Rod is Harley-Davidson's first motorcycle to combine fuel injection, overhead cams and liquid cooling, and delivers 115 horsepower.


Harley-Davidson Racing announces the latest addition to the team: 17 year old Jennifer Snyder, the first woman to win a national event in the Formula USA National Dirt Track Series.


Harley-Davidson announces expansions at the Product Development Center (Milwaukee), as well as Tomahawk, WI, and York, PA, facilities.

2002

The all-new Buell® Firebolt® storms onto the scene.


The Open Road Tour debuts in Atlanta, GA, in July to celebrate the upcoming Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary.

2003

Buell Motorcycle Company unleashes the Lightning® XB9S.


More than 250,000 people come to Milwaukee for the final stop of the Open Road Tour and the Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Celebration and Party.

2004

For the 2004 model year, the Sportster® family models receive rubber engine mounting, a new frame, and a wider rear tire. Some Sportster® models receive a redesigned gas tank.


The FLHRSI Road King® Custom is introduced. With its low rear suspension and wide handlebars, the FLHRSI brings a beach look to a classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle.


Andrew Hines of the Screamin' Eagle®/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson drag racing team clinches his first NHRA Powerade Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship at age 21, the youngest champion in NHRA history.

2005

The XL 883L Sportster® 883 Low brings a lowered seating position to the Sportster® line.


The FLSTNI Softail® Deluxe adds a sleek look to the Softail® line and a paint scheme reminiscent of 1939 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Also, the FLSTSC/I Softail® Springer® Classic revives looks from the late 1940s.


Andrew Hines wins his second straight NHRA Powerade Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship. G.T. Tonglet, also of the Screamin' Eagle®/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team, places second.


Harley-Davidson and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) mark the 25th anniversary of their partnership.

2006

The first of the 6-speed transmissions are made available on 2006 model year Dyna™ motorcycles. Also joining the Dyna™ family is the FXDB/I Street Bob™.


The 2006 model year includes the all-new FLHX/I Street Glide™, a lower profile touring motorcycle.


Harley-Davidson unveils plans for an all-new museum in Milwaukee, scheduled for opening in 2008.


Harley-Davidson appoints Beijing Feng Huo Lun (FHL) as the first authorized Harley-Davidson dealer on mainland China.

2007

Eddie Krawiec joins the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson NHRA Pro Stock Team.


Kenny Coolbeth wins his second consecutive AMA Flat Track Twins Championship.


The XL 1200N Nightster arrives on the scene with black rims, fork gaiters, and side mount license plate holder.


Announced for the 2008 model year, the new FXCWC Rocker introduces Harley-Davidson’s first swingarm-mounted rear fender and 2-into-1 Trick seat.

2008

The Touring family now has an all new frame, providing longer wheelbase, lower seating position and better maneuverability.


The all new Harley-Davidson Museum opens in Milwaukee on July 12. Located at 6th and Canal streets, the Museum showcases hundreds of classic and custom motorcycles, interactive exhibits and never-before-seen films and photographs.


In keeping with tradition, hundreds of thousands of riders from around the world converge on Milwaukee to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 105th Anniversary. Riders and dealers raise more than $6.7 million for MDA. Entertainment includes the Foo Fighters and Bruce Springsteen. That same weekend, HOG marks 25 years with its own party.


Kenny Coolbeth clinches his third consecutive Grand National Championship. On the drag strip, Eddie Krawiec wins the fourth NHRA Pro Stock title for Harley-Davidson in five years.

2009

Harley-Davidson announces expansion into India.


The AMA Flat Track team wins yet another Grand National Championship, this time with Jared Mees at the top.


The 2009 model year brings the first three-wheeler for public purchase in the new FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic. Also new is the history-inspired Cross Bones, a bobbed factory custom.