Harley-Davidson: The AMF Years

In the year of 1969, the Woodstock music festival took place in upstate New York, American astronauts landed on the moon, and the AMF corporation took over production of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Prior to the acquisition of Harley-Davidson, American Machine Foundry, or AMF was primarily known for its bowling equipment and other recreational items. AMF basically tossed the then-financially shaky Harley-Davidson a financial life preserver, and maintained ownership of the motorcycle company for a dozen years.

While there were, and still are plenty of fans of the AMF-era Harleys, there were also lots of Harley purists who weren’t too thrilled with the whole idea of a sporting goods manufacturer producing the classic American motorcycle.

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