This Old Harley: The Ultimate Tribute to the World's Greatest Motorcycle

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A roll down memory lane is a lot better on the back of a Harley.
 
We all have “firsts” in our lives—our nervous first date, our euphoric first rock concert—and most of us who have motorcycling in our blood remember the first time we saw a Harley-Davidson. Harleys have a way of catching the eye, that extra something that sets them apart as the proudest, baddest, best-built machines around. There’s no denying the fact that Harley-Davidsons ...

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Overview

A roll down memory lane is a lot better on the back of a Harley.
 
We all have “firsts” in our lives—our nervous first date, our euphoric first rock concert—and most of us who have motorcycling in our blood remember the first time we saw a Harley-Davidson. Harleys have a way of catching the eye, that extra something that sets them apart as the proudest, baddest, best-built machines around. There’s no denying the fact that Harley-Davidsons are more than just motorcycles; since its founding in 1903, the make has become an American icon revered around the globe. In This Old Harley, editor Michael Dregni compiles the stories, tall tales, essays, and reminiscences of some of the biking world’s most respected characters. Featured here are the words of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, custom bike-builder extraordinaire Arlen Ness, renowned motorcycle journalists Peter Egan and Allan Girdler, and many others—including Harley-Davidson historian Martin Jack Rosenblum and several ordinary folks with a love for Harleys and a good yarn to tell. Fully illustrated with special artwork (including historic and contemporary photos, posters, illustrations, old postcards, and more), the book tells the entire story of our fascination with these incredible bikes. So whether you’re still in awe of the first Harley-Davidson you ever saw, still riding and wrenching on Harleys as a diehard fan, or only just dreaming of Harleys for the first time, This Old Harley offers a tribute to the bike that stands alone in American motorcycling history, told exclusively by those with Harley in their hearts.

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Bookseller ReviewsStory, art, photography about the motorcycle that emblazoned its name across America. Contributors to this nonpareil assemblage include Evel Knievel, Peter Egan, Allan Girdler, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Arlen Ness, and Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum. Be warned though: The full color photo of the 1936 Harley-Davidson 61 OHV Model EL might distract you from the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760345962
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,353,524
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dregni has misspent way too much time fiddling with motorcycles, from restoring Italian scooters to trying to tune racing machines to riding big V-twins. He’s also the author and editor of several other motorcycle histories. His garage, basement, and living room all house motorcycles in various stages of repair and rideability.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: This Old Harley 9
Chapter 1 In the Beginning... 13
The Bike in the Barn, or, What My Folks Didn't Know, Didn't Hurt ... Me 15
"No Motorcycles Allowed" 25
First Harley 35
Chapter 2 Making History 45
My First Motorcycle ... and What It Led To 47
Catching Up On History 55
Black Leathers and a Stiff Upper Lip 59
Chapter 3 On the Road 69
In Pursuit of the Unholy Grail 71
A Work in Progress 77
Riding Through Time: A Knucklehead Returns Home 81
Chapter 4 Daredevilry 91
Hell Driving 93
Evel Ways 101
Chapter 5 Legends 105
Once Upon a Time in the Wild West 107
The Billy Bike: Re-Born to Be Wild 117
Chapter 6 The Mystique 127
V for Victory: How Harley Conquered the World 129
This Motorcycle Way 139
The Perfect Vehicle 149
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