From the beloved patriarch of Harley Davidson comes this entertaining memoir of an iconic American company and a life filled with motorcycles, road trips, friends and family.
In Ride Free, Davidson recounts design, his memories of family, relationships, and events that defined his extraordinary life and legacy of power, passion, and purpose. Davidson gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the planning, design, and conception of legendary bikes that inspired millions of riders over the past half-century; stories of his unforgettable rides around the world; the people he encountered while navigating thousands of miles on the roads; and the legacy that he and his family have created which will carry on the most famous name in motorcycles.
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About the Author
Born with gasoline in his veins, Davidson is the son of former Harley-Davidson president, William H. Davidson, and the grandson of one of the original founders, William A. Davidson. For forty-nine years, he helped shape the look, sound, and feel that define Harley-Davidson motorcycles. During the 1980s and 1990s, he developed unique designs which kept Harley-Davidson motorcycles selling while the company completed technological and manufacturing improvements. Based in heritage and tradition, Davidson is responsible for the visual design of such classics as the FX Super Glide, FX Low Rider, Cafe Racer, Heritage Softail Classic, Softail Springer, Fat Boy, Road King, Softail Deuce, V-Rod, Cross Bones, and the Street Glide.
A native of Wisconsin, Davidson attended the University of Wisconsin for three years before transferring to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He joined Harley-Davidson in 1963, when he was invited to set-up its motorcycle design department. In 1981, Davidson was one of thirteen executives who raised more than $75 million to purchase Harley-Davidson from AMF Incorporated.
As an avid rider, Davidson clocked thousands of miles on the open road each year. His family, including his wife Nancy, made Harley-Davidson the center of their lifestyles. Through his life-long devotion to the Motor Company, Davidson has watched firsthand as Harley-Davidson has evolved into a true American icon.