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The Evolution of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, Historic First Year Motorcycles: 1911-1965 by George J Pardos MD

"The Evolution of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle" by George Pardos

“Anyone who collects and restores these vintage motorcycles is preserving a piece of Americana that would have ordinarily been lost forever”.
The author’s first motorcycle was a Yamaha two-stroke, purchased when he was 18 years old, in New York City. Soon he discovered that a two-stroke didn’t quite exude the image he was after. More importantly he realized that riding a Yamaha, or for that matter any motorcycle in New York City, wasn’t conducive with a long, accident free life. Ultimately his educational pursuits took him in a direction where the frequent or even infrequent use of his motorcycle became a challenge. That avocation was put on hold.
It was not until the mid 1980’s when he settled in Denver and his life and career became more stable that he took up riding again, this time with a four stroke Suzuki 750 shaft-driven Intruder. While an excellent motorcycle, he realized that it too was missing something. Then one day in the late 80’s he entered a Harley-Davidson dealership and he caught the bug. He not only purchased a rider, but began his passion collecting first year antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles and all things vintage Harley-Davidson.
He has worked on and ridden all the motorcycles in the collection. In some cases doing the restoration alone or with his son Zach, or just adding some finishing touches to the bikes. “Collecting Harley-Davidson motorcycles is a passion” he says, “Unless you appreciate motorcycles they are just another piece of rusting metal”. He goes on to say “Anyone who collects and restores these vintage motorcycles is preserving a piece of Americana that would have ordinarily been lost forever”.

Numerous motorcycle models from the book are also featured on David Uhl’s paintings:
36 EL Knucklehead – “Rose”, The Women of Harley-Davidson; “Pinstriping”, Art of the Motorcycle
49 EL Hydra-Glide – “Custom Paint”, Art of the Motorcycle
1930 V – “Stella”, The Women of Harley-Davidson
1914 10 F – “Stranger in Town”, Sturgis Commemorative
1929 D – “Vivian Bales”, Historical Works

The book is now available for purchase through Uhl Studios.

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