From humble beginnings in 1903 to the instantly recognizable and awe-inspiring company of today, Harley-Davidson's image is so powerful that it represents "American motorcycle" to a huge number of people throughout the world. For a company that's been around so long, it was difficult to choose just 50 bikes to represent the important strides the company has made through time. (We'll say in advance that this list was largely guided by passion, and as such, is highly subjective. We hope your favorite is on here. If it isn't, we hope you'll let us know in the comments.) As the great Willie G. Davidson signed off in his 100 Years of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles: "Enjoy the pleasures of motorcycling as I have, and ride free always!"

[All photos provided courtesy of the Harley-Davidson Archives.]

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