William S. Harley
William A. Davidson
"My office door is always open."
In 1903, William Harley, along with Arthur and Walter Davidson, pooled their resources to produce the first practical Harley-Davidson motorcycle. With William A. Davidson, who joined the venture later, their fledgling motor company turned out eight machines in 1905. By 1920, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Through periods of both war and economic depression, Harley-Davidson endured. Its founders both used and believed in the company's products and relied on the dedication of its employees to produce quality motorcycles.