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A legend throughout the world, Harley-Davidson is the ultimate symbol of independence and American craftsmanship. It is the motorcycle of the police force and biker gangs alike. The star of such Hollywood blockbusters as The Wild Angels and Easy Rider, the Harley is often shown parked in front of ill-famed bars when it’s not being used in a harrowing escape or cruising down the highway. Between these extremes, are the passionate aficionados who own bikes ranging from traditional to highly customized. The men and women who ride these exceptional motorbikes revel in taking long trips and escaping on weekends to live the Harley-Davidson experience, which includes “biker wear” fashion, gathering with other riders, and bike customization. Traveling alone or in a group is exhilarating and allows the rider to live in the moment, becoming immersed in the open landscape. Organized bike meetings allow enthusiasts to connect with like-minded riders from various backgrounds. While the Daytona Beach Bike Week in Florida is among the largest of Harley gatherings, the Harley-Davidson community can also be spotted at affiliated restaurants and bars across the country. Since 1903, when William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson assembled and launched the first one-cylinder power-cycle onto the road, this iconic American brand has gained a passionate following.
Covering everything from the development of the Harley-Davidson brand to custom bikes and paint schemes, this book is packed with pictures of motorcycles and the people who ride them.
Introduction, Story of a Great Passion, Movies & Harley-Davidson, Paint Schemes and Custom Bikes, Airbrush and Paint Jobs, On the Road.
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About the Author
Pascal Szymezak, born in 1957, is a journalist and motorcycle specialist. He started his career working for different publishing houses and magazines covering motorcycles and motorcycle travels, until he became chief editor of a magazine dedicated to Harley-Davidson bikes, new American models, history of motorcycles and long excursions. From 1987 onwards he took charge of the motorcycle section of the weekly Nice-Matin magazine, and authored and co-authored various works on Harley-Davidson bikes, a brand he regularly drives. Starting in 1984 he often traveled to the United States to participate in the great Harley-Davidson meetings, Bike Week in Daytona Beach, or rallies of Sturgis and Laughlin. During his stays, he also produced documentaries on the models of the trademark brank in Milwaukee, New York and Kansas City, and custom bike specialists throughout the USA and Europe. He currently rides a Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy 88 cu. in. (1450 cc) custom bike. He is author of several books dedicated to Harley-Davidson.