Easy Rider Electra Glide
Diverse parentage often makes for alluring and durable offspring in motorcycles, as well as people. In 1971, motorcycle icon Willie G. Davidson combined the post-Easy Rider custom motorcycle scene with Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide chassis and 1200cc powerplant. That enlightened fusion yielded the original “factory custom” motorcycle, the legendary 1971 Harley-Davidson Super Glide.
FXD135 35th Anniversary
As a well-scrubbed youth in the 1950s, Willie G. Davidson, grandson of Motor Company co-founder William A. Davidson, headed west from Wisconsin to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Out on the west coast, the sun was rising on the world of motorcycle customizing, with men like Ed Roth and Von Dutch on the crest of the new wave. The impact of the emergent custom scene would linger in Davidson’s sketchbook as he joined Harley-Davidson’s design department in 1963.