Perry Mack, one of the first men to race on a Harley-Davidson, set the one-mile record for motorcycles with a time of 1 minute, 16 seconds at Wisconsin’s State Fair Park. Other racers were equally successful, including Walter Davidson. Early on, the Harley-Davidson company was not officially involved with racing, but as time went on the successes of private racers could not be ignored. The company quickly learned the value of these amazing racing results. Racing was an effective advertising tool, demonstrating the power and speed of Harley-Davidson motorcycles to the general public. In 1914, Harley-Davidson created a Racing Department with a company-supported racing team.
The image shows an early motorcycle race from 1912.