In 1903, Bill and Walter’s Mother, Margaret Davidson finally had emough of three boys tracking dirt and grease throughout her house and constant noise in the basement! And their father William C. wanted his wood-working shop back.
Dad went and got some lumber (after Margaret let him “have it”) and started building a 10 x 15 foot shed in the backyard. That shed was the first Haley-Davidson “factory”.
The first Harley was sold to the ffounders’ friend Henry Meyer in 1903. In 1913, a company researcher was tasked with tracking down that 1st motorcycle and looking at its maintenance and history. There had been 4 owners and there was 83,000 miles on that bike and no one had EVER had to replace the engine bearings. There was actually a 1913 advertisement where the company bragged of this accomplishment, and here it is!
Serial Number One, it is called and it is still on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum.