• First Motorcycle Tested

    First Motorcycle Tested
    Propelled by steam, the first motorcycle was invented in America and shown at fairs around the country. It was created by Sylvester H. Roper.
  • Early Years

    German inventors come up with a petroleum powered 3 wheeled machine.
  • First Harley Davidson Prototype

    First Harley Davidson Prototype
    Harley Davidson's WebsiteA prototype Harley Davidson is built by Arthur Davidson and William S. Harley in Davidson's back yard. This is considered the beginning of largest motorcycle manufactuer in the US.
  • World War I

    World War I
    WWI creates an increased need for motorcycles in war zones. Harley Davidson prospers selling 15000 bikes to the warring nations.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    Harley Davidson is one of only two US motorcycle manufactuers to survive the Great Depression despite taking a large hit in sales.
  • World War II

    World War II
    World War II again has motorcycle companies prospering as demand is high from warring nations.
  • Today's Motorcycles

    Today's Motorcycles
    Yamaha's WebsiteToday's motorcycle industry is dominated by several large companies including Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, and Harley-Davidson.
  • Tomarrow's Motorcycles

    Tomarrow's Motorcycles
    Samson SwitchbladeThe motorcycles of the future may be very fuel effcient. Or, they may fly like the Samson Switchblade (available in 2013).