Harley Davidson 110 Celebrations at Motorcycle Live

Published: 18 November 2013

Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland reaches the end of a celebratory year with a major display at Motorcycle Live – the biggest yet to be seen at the Midlands-based NEC. A large section of its floor space is dedicated to the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson – an event that has seen massive celebrations across the globe throughout 2013 – and will feature a heritage timeline to enable visitors to time travel through 110 years of Harley-Davidson.

An impressive line up of eight iconic Harley motorcycles will take pride of place including legendary bikes such as the 1972 XR750 TT, 1947 Knucklehead and more. These classic Harley-Davidson bikes are a small part of the Warr’s Harley-Davidson Company Collection.

Another pair of bikes from this unique collection that can be viewed at the Motorcycle Live Harley-Davidson stand are the X8A ‘Silent Gray Fellow' from 1912, which uses an F-Head single-cylinder, 30 cubic-inch motor. It’s a single-speed gearbox, with final drive via leather belt on an adjustable tensioner. An ingenious hand operated exhaust port enabled ‘silent’ running in town, but could be 'opened' up for performance motoring out of town. Hence the nickname, 'Silent Gray Fellow'.

Also on show will be the XLCR Café Racer from 1977. This model was a radical departure from the rest of Harley’s cruisers and the first ever factory custom which was conceived and designed by Willie G Davidson. The engine is a 1000cc unit with overhead valves, four-speed gearbox, iron barrels and heads. Externally the XLCR was an eye-opener: disc brakes all round, XR styled rear seat unit, Siamese exhausts and a bikini fairing.

See the collection, and more, at Motorcycle Live – November 23 to Dec 1, and the NEC, Birmingham. Buy advance tickets now: www.motorcyclelive.co.uk.