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Origins

Despite being launched in the middle of the Great Depression, when Harley-Davidson’s sales were at a twenty-year low, the RL continued in production, helping Harley-Davidson to become one of only two American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Depression.  Influenced by the way in which the automobile industry had used Art Deco stylings, Harley featured a stylised Art Deco style image on the motorcycle’s fuel tank.

Harley offered a competition-bred RLDR 45, and also produced a three-wheel Servi-Car (or ‘Service-Car’) model.