The Harley-Davidson Book · Refueled

The Harley-Davidson Book – Refueled conveys the history, the lifestyle, and the unique attitude towards life of the American motorcycle brand in a 32-page extended and revised new edition.

First thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Harley-Davidson? Freedom, speed, roaring engines and passion on two wheels. And no other motorcycle brand in the world has the nearly mystical reputation of a Harley-Davidson. For more than a hundred years, this American classic from Milwaukee has shaped the motorcycle world.

The fascination centers on the typical 45-degree, V2 engine. Over time, single-cylinder engines have come and gone from the Harley lineup, but the two-cylinder engine has been the defining style. Like a sculpture, it sits deep in the intricate tubular steel frame—an aesthetic revelation…and an auditory one as well. Once you’ve heard the gruff babbling of an Early Shovel, you’re addicted for life! This is a book about the power and beauty of the engines and the elegance and strength of these machines from Lake Michigan. It is an homage to the flatheads, knuckleheads, panheads, ironheads, the shovels and Evolutions, and the modern-day fuel injectors. And at the same time it is a presentation of the water-cooled V2, the Street models, the electrified Live-Wire as well as the new Harley motorcycle genres: the naked bike „Bronx“, the large enduro „Pan America“ and medium-heavy e-bikes. The Harley-Davidson Book – Refueled is a visual journey through a tradition deeply rooted in the spirit of freedom of the USA. What would Easy Rider be without its iconic heroes, “Billy Bike” and “Captain America,” the most famous motorcycles in the world? This free-wheeling attitude is conveyed in opulent, photo-rich stories and articles about the unique Harley-Davidson lifestyle. It’s a road movie you can experience yourself, vibrating like an old knucklehead in its rigid frame.

This re-fueled edition of our bestselling Harley-Davidson book features 32 new pages and several updated chapters, honoring the Harley in all its facets. Ride through the history of the Milwaukee legend, get up close to its pristine design, and explore the Harley-Davidson lifestyle that sees riders on the beach, the ice, or in the mountains. A must-have book for all who agree with the grandson of company founder, Willie G. Davidson: “On the eighth day, God created Harley-Davidson.”

The authors are all passionate bikers who have been under the powerful twins’ spell since childhood. DIRK MANGARTZ has worked for decades for German and international magazines and was the editor-in-chief of Custombike for more than a decade. He is the author and co-author of various motorcycle books, has a huge archive, and is actively involved in the development of motorcycle accessories, primarily for Harley-Davidson. SVEN WEDEMEYER moves on the boundary between photography and journalism. His pieces make the culture of mobility tangible as he documents stories and personalities in authentic photographs. This seasoned gearhead not only produces exciting work, he also brings his own custom bikes out on the road. PHILIPP WENTE, freelance photographer and editor at ramp, a magazine with a cultlike following, was already zinging around his parents’ yard on his racing-orange Puky push bike (with the cool pennant on the front fender!) while still in diapers. Now he has custom bikes to ride: a Ducati Pantah and a H-D Early Shovel FLH. Unfortunately, they don’t have cool pennants, which he deeply regrets.

  • Hotly anticipated new edition of a cult bestseller
  • Revised and updated tribute to the Milwaukee legend: history, models, and engines
  • Thrilling reportage of Harley-Davidson rides and lifestyle
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