On November 15, 1913, H. C. “Doc” Garner left for Europe and spend over six months overseas. The year before, Harley-Davidson exported motorcycles for the first time to Japan. With interest in Harley-Davidson motorcycles growing, the company sent Garner to evaluate the competition and investigate the possibilities for expansion into Europe. Over the course of his trip he visited Germany, England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Italy. After he returned, Garner reported that Europeans had a very favorable view of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, though there would be stiff competition from English motorcycle manufacturers. His trip marked the beginning of Harley-Davidson’s successful expansion into Europe and beyond. By 1921, 67 countries had Harley-Davidson dealers.