Harley-Davidson is opening a museum that takes a look at the company's history and culture — from Knuckleheads to Sportsters to Fat Boys.
Some Harley highlights in history:
1903: William S. Harley, 23, and Arthur Davidson, 22, offer the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The pair built it in a 10-by-15-foot wooden shed with the words "Harley-Davidson Motor Company" scrawled on the door.
1904: The first Harley-Davidson dealer opens in Chicago.
1906: The first Harley factory is built in Milwaukee.
1907: Harley-Davidson Motor Co. is incorporated.
1909: The company introduces its first V-Twin powered motorcycle, built with two cylinders in a 45-degree angle.
1913: The company enters motorcycle racing.
1915: Harley offers motorcycles with three-speed transmissions.
1918: Harley helps out the World War I effort with 20,000 motorcycles. The first American to enter Germany after the Armistice is signed is Cpl. Roy Holtz of Chippewa Falls, Wis., who rides a Harley across the border.
1925: The motorcycles now have gas tanks with a distinct teardrop shape. The basic appearance of Harleys will remain virtually the same through the present.
1936: Harley introduces the EL, which earns the nickname "Knucklehead" because of the shape of its rocker boxes, which cover the valves that control the fuel and the exhaust.
1942-45: Harley makes almost 90,000 motorcycles for the military during World War II.
1949: Hydraulic front forks first appear on the new Hydra-Glide models.
1952: The K model is introduced, eventually evolving into the Sportster.
1957: The Sportster debuts, the first of the "Superbikes."
1962: The company establishes the Tomahawk Division.
1964: The three-wheeled Servi-car becomes the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle with an electric starter.
1969: Harley-Davidson merges with the American Machine and Foundry Co.
1971: Harley introduces the FX 1200 Super Glide, which starts a new class of motorcycle, the cruiser.
1973: Harley moves its motorcycle assembly operation to York, Pa.
1981: Harley executives buy back company from American Machine and Foundry Co.
1983: Harley Owners Group, called HOG, is founded.
1986: Company returns to public ownership.
1990: Harley introduces the FLSTF Fat Boy.
1993: Harley-Davidson buys a minority interest in Buell Motorcycle Co. of East Troy, Wis.
1995: The 30th Anniversary Ultra Classic Electra Glide becomes the first production Harley with fuel injection.
1998: A new assembly facility opens in Manaus, Brazil, the first operations outside the U.S. Harley-Davidson buys a remaining 49 percent interest in Buell Motorcycle Co.
2001: The V-Rod is introduced for the 2002 model year, the company's first motorcycle to combine fuel injection, overhead cams and liquid cooling. Harley-Davidson announces expansions at plants in Milwaukee, Tomahawk, Wis., and York, Pa.
2003: More than 250,000 celebrate Harley-Davidson's 100th anniversary in Milwaukee.
2005: Jim Ziemer takes over as CEO from retiring Jeff Bleustein
2006: The first of the 6-speed transmissions are available on 2006 model year Dyna motorcycles. Harley introduces the new Twin Cam 96 to improve the trademark sound. Harley-Davidson appoints Beijing Feng Huo Lun as the first authorized Harley-Davidson dealer on mainland China.
2008: The new Harley museum opens July 12 before its 105th celebration from Aug. 28-31.
Source: Harley-Davidson Inc. Web site