Arthur Davidson, son of motorcycle company co-founder, dead at 97

Arthur Harley Davidson, son of Harley-Davidson Inc. co-founder Arthur Davidson, died Saturday night at age 97.

Davidson was not closely involved with the motorcycle company but had his own firm, Wenthe-Davidson Engineering Co., that's been in business for 70 years.

Read more here..

Brief History -

Arthur Davidson (1881–1950) was one of the four original founders of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. One of Arthur's favorite pastimes was fishing in the beautiful Wisconsinwilderness, which inspired him to create a motorcycle that would "take the hard work out of pedaling a bicycle".

Arthur was a natural story teller, salesman and United States patriot. During World War I and II, Arthur and company diverted motorcycle production to support U.S. troops. This noble act was rewarded with returning troops ready, trained and willing to buy Harley-Davidson branded motorcycles.

The "Honey Uncle" story is one of the most memorable family stories about Arthur and a pivotal moment for the fate of Harley-Davidson company. One day shortly after Arthur's cleaning lady visited he discovered the seed money he had stashed between his mattress to start Harley-Davidson was missing! Fortunately, Arthur was able to borrow the $500 in venture capital needed for Harley-Davidson from an uncle who owned a bee farm in Madison, Wisconsin. From then on, the uncle was known as the "Honey Uncle" for helping the business get off the ground. The bee farm on Lake Mendota was later sold to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and is now known as Picnic Point in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

Arthur was credited with the slogan that inspired he and his 21 year old friend Harley as they worked tirelessly in a 10 x 15 foot shed. The slogan was to "Take The Work Out Of Bicycling."

Arthur was survived by his three children, Margaret, Arthur and James Davidson.


Find me on Facebook


  1. Aw, this was a really nice post. In concept I want to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and precise effort to make an excellent article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and not at all seem to get something done.

  2. I simply want to say I’m beginner to blogs and honestly enjoyed your web page. More than likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You really have fabulous stories. Many thanks for sharing your website.

  3. I just want to mention I’m all new to blogging and definitely enjoyed this web-site. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your website . You surely have impressive posts. With thanks for sharing your blog site.

  4. I simply want to tell you that I am all new to blogs and truly enjoyed this website. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You amazingly come with exceptional stories. Cheers for sharing your blog.

  5. I just want to tell you that I am just all new to blogging and seriously enjoyed you’re web blog. Most likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You amazingly come with incredible articles. Regards for sharing your blog site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *