The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and Heritage Bicycles out of Chicago have teamed up to reproduce the 1917 Model 7-17 Standard bike. It’s said to be a faithful recreation of one of the original bicycles that William S. Harley and the Davidson brothers made between 1917 and 1922, right down to the HD pedal gear and the cast-metal badges. The only major difference to speak of is that the frame was enlarged to suit taller riders. (Apparently people have grown a bit over the last century or so.)
Want to get your hands (and feet) on one? That may be something of a tall order, because Heritage Bicycles will only make ten of them, each coated in olive green with pinstripes hand-painted by a local artist in St. Francis, Wisconsin. The museum will handle sales (and is now taking reservations). And as Autoblog and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report, each will command a rather princely sum of $4,200.
Now that’s not a lot for a Harley, some of whose CVO custom touring bikes sell for ten times that much. Even an entry-level Street 500 cafe racer will set you back nearly $7k, and most of its cruisers carry price tags in the $15-20k range. But any way you look at it, that’s a lot to spend on a bike you pedal yourself – even for Heritage Bicycles, whose classic rides sell for upwards of $800.