The Ultimate Harley-Davidson Quiz

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The Ultimate Harley-Davidson Quiz
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About This Quiz

What's better than riding down the open road on a legend in the area of motorcycles?

Harley-Davidson has had its share of ups and down, but one thing has stayed constant – its ability to hold the top spot. The iconic motorcycle brand has been one of the top choices for Americans. Which model is your favorite? What about your favorite feature?

Do you know your stuff when it comes to the mechanics of these motorcycles? What powers these beautiful machines when you're driving full-throttle? Knowing your engines and features will be useful for any enthusiast to pass this quiz.

For this quiz, you'll need to know more than just the motorcycles and what's inside. Make sure you know about Harley-Davidson as a company, too! Where are their factories? Who are their competitors? How about how many employees they have?

And don't forget your history of the brand! Who started the company? What was the first motorcycle that they manufactured? You'll need to know it all on this quiz!

Harley-Davidson has made itself a real fan favorite and the first choice for many motorcycle enthusiasts. There are even events held around the world to celebrate the iconic brand. So, if you think you know your stuff about Harley-Davidson, sit back and cruise through this quiz!

In what city was Harley-Davidson established?
Indianapolis
Chicago
Milwaukee
It is a brand that Milwaukee touts at every opportunity.

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Harley-Davidson and Indian were the only two American motorcycle makers from 1931 until what year?
1944
1939
1953
Following the Depression, it took more than two decades for more companies to enter the market.

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in 1905 a Harley-Davidson motorcycle won a race by covering 15 miles (24 kilometers) in how much time?
19 minutes
The 19-minute race happened in Chicago.
45 minutes
58 minutes

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What year was Harley-Davidson founded?
1898
1903
It was founded in 1903. Only two motorcycle companies survived the Great Depression, and Harley-Davidson was one of them.
1912

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In 1937 Joe Petrali set a record speed by going how fast on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle?
98 miles per hour (158 kilometers per hour)
112 miles per hour
136 miles per hour
The bike had an aerodynamic tail to help it go faster. It reached 136 miles per hour.

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Harley-Davidson employs approximately how many people?
3,100
5,900
Its 5,900 employees are scattered all around the world.
12,300

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In 1998 Harley-Davidson opened a factory in which country?
Brazil
The Brazil factory was the first to operate outside America.
Mexico
Canada

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How old was William Harley when he created plans for his first powered bike?
28
25
20
Harley was only 20, and Arthur Davidson was only 21; they were young and aggressive entrepreneurs.

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In what year was the first motorcycle rally held in Sturgis, South Dakota?
1938
The rally was first held in 1938 and draws hundreds of thousands of people each year.
1967
1977

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For how long did Harley-Davidson retain the Buell brand as a subsidiary?
22 years
More than 130,000 motorcycles were built before Harley-Davidson off-loaded the company after 22 years.
12 years
8 years

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Which model was the first to feature electric start?
Electra Glide
The new starters appeared on the Electra Glide in 1965.
Touring
Sportster

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In what year did Harley-Davidson begin selling in India?
1959
1989
2010
The company tapped into a market with huge potential in 2010.

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What was the mascot for the Harley-Davidson racing team starting back in the 1920s?
an eagle
a wolf
a hog
After winning a race riders put a hog on the bike and rode a victory lap.

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By 1911 the U.S. motorcycle industry expanded rapidly to about how many different companies?
220
150
Most of those 150 companies only survived for a few years, at most.
89

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The Custom Vehicle Operations division of the company is responsible for what?
creating limited edition versions of stock models
The factory-custom business model is one of the company's key selling points.
meeting environmental standards
creating improved engineering for each model year

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In 1916 the company began manufacturing which product?
bicycles
Bicycle production was a natural extension of the company's business model.
boats
parachutes

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What city's police department was the first to deploy officers on Harley-Davidson motorcycles?
Chicago
Detroit
The Detroit officers first rolled out in 1908.
Milwaukee

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The first V-Twin engines produced about how much horsepower?
7 horsepower
The 7 horsepower engines were small but effective.
35 horsepower
60 horsepower

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In 1995 Harley-Davidson introduced which major feature for the first time?
electronic fuel injection
Electronic fuel injection first appeared on the Electra Glide model.
anti-lock brakes
traction control

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By 1920 Harley-Davidson had established dealerships in how many counties?
32
46
67
With dealerships in 67 countries, the company had already become the biggest motorcycle manufacturer on the planet.

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Which company bought Harley-Davidson in 1969?
Ford
American Machine and Foundry (AMF)
AMF cut employees to reduce costs and quality suffered.
Caterpillar

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How many different motor scooters has the company manufactured?
11
five
one
The "Topper" wasn't popular enough to inspire more designs.

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How many motorcycles did Harley-Davidson manufacture in 1905?
eight
It only made eight — the company was just getting warmed up.
80
800

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About how many motorcycles did the company manufacture in 1910?
300
3,000
Harley-Davidson manufactured 3,000 motorcycles, but its sales lagged far behind those of Indian, which sold twice as many.
30,000

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Electra Glides are included in which model family?
Touring
All the Touring bikes are preceded by the letters "FL."
Softail
Dyna

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In which city did the first Harley-Davidson dealership appear?
Los Angeles
Chicago
It opened in 1904 in Chicago.
New York

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How many model families does Harley-Davidson tout?
six
The six model families have different engines, frames and other traits.
seven
eight

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In 2010 Seth Enslow recorded the longest jump ever on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle by going how far?
210 feet (64 meters)
187 feet
He jumped 187 feet and broke the old record by more than 20 feet.
125 feet

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How fast did Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle go from 0 to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour?
four seconds
It did so in four seconds with hardly a sound.
six seconds
10 seconds

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What is the maximum engine displacement of Sportster models?
700 cubic centimeters
800 cubic centimeters
1,200 cubic centimeters
These large 1,200 cc engines are intended for racing situations.

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