July 16th, 2012
A small cottage in Aberlemn, Scotland was facing the prospect of being torn down. Instead, it was completely restored and became the destination of a large group of motorcycle enthusiasts when it was opened to the public. The cottage was owned by the grandparents of three brothers who founded Harley Davidson.
Alexander and Mary Davidson owned the humble abode before leaving for the US in 1852. After traveling to America, they had five children, including William C. Davidson. William C. in turn was the father of Arthur, Walter, and William A. Davidson. The three brothers, along with William S. Harley, founded the Harley Davidson Motor Company.
It was Harley, who at the age of 21, designed an engine to fit onto a bicycle frame in 1901. Two years later, the first production model Harley-Davidson was made available to the public. The first Harley Davidson, produced in 1903, was actually a single-cylinder belt-driven motorized bicycle. “Serial number 1”, the first motorcycle built, is currently on display at the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The opening event drew hundreds of visitors to the nearby town of Brechin, Scotland this weekend.
4 comments on "Scottish riders make a pilgrimage to the roots of Harley Davidson"
Thats awesome to see when a community gets together for something like this!
My Great-Grandfather was Walter Davidson. Unfortunately, not THAT Walter Davidson. He came from Wishaw, closer to Edinburgh/Glasgow.
Wouldn't that first production Harley "bicycle" be a blast to ride! Forget ever keeping those tires white!
Neat story, great looking bike.