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HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROLE

WWI

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COMBAT ROLE

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Policing. Scouting. Couriers.

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Motorcycle-mounted reconnaissance officers.

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1917

WWII

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ESCORT ROLE

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Policing. Scouting. Couriers.

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Motorcycle-mounted reconnaissance officers.

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1945

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The Liberator

Harley-Davidson’s WLA—The Bike That Won the War | Icon The Liberator

Contrary to popular belief, motorcycles never saw direct combat during World War II. Their use was limited to policing, scouting and courier duties, in stark contrast to WWI, when motorcycles were used for actual fighting. But because military convoys were typically led by motorcycle-mounted escorts—including Brigadier General George S. Patton’s 2nd Armored “Hell on Wheels” Division that liberated much of occupied Europe—Harley-Davidson’s WLA became known as “The Liberator.” Motorcycle-mounted reconnaissance officers were usually the first soldiers to enter occupied territory, making theirs one of WWII’s most iconic and enduring images of freedom... 


Motorcyclist


2019

Tradition

 tra·di·tion

[trəˈdiSH(ə)n]NOUN


  1. the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way

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Motorcycle-mounted reconnaissance officers.

LIBERATORS IN ACTION

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 Time-tested. Practice-proven.  

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