A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana, built from the ground up by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley. Exclusive to Discovery Channel, this highly-anticipated miniseries charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change at the turn of the 20th century.
Based on a true story, Harley and the Davidsons follows the first three decades in the company’s history. Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune and livelihood in pursuit of the ultimate American dream. Each of these men faced very different challenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions. Built in a shed out of Milwaukee, these bikes were made to survive nearly every condition imaginable, and Walter definitely put them to the test. His ferocious ambition propelled him to become a top motorcycle racer while competing in the deadly competitions and it was his daredevil exploits that put Harley-Davidson on the map.
Fuelled by ingenuity, innovation and design, the founders of Harley-Davidson faced off against their much bigger rivals. If things couldn’t get any more difficult, the Great Depression hit and the motorcycle industry was decimated. But Harley-Davidson continued to defy the odds with their forward-thinking business ideas.
Harley and the Davidsons looks at how the founders continued to grow its loyal following like no other competitor – from securing the American Army contract to embracing boisterous motorcycle clubs across the US. They would eventually channel all their resources into their biggest risk yet – creating the world’s first superbike; a state-of-the-art racing machine for the masses.
Walter, Arthur and Bill cemented Harley-Davidson’s reputation as a builder of bikes that go anywhere, could ride hard and ignored all the rules. It’s a legacy that has endured over 100 years – at the heart of the brand and its loyal riders.
Harley and the Davidsons is led by an all-star cast including Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones) as Walter Davidson, Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones) as William ‘Bill’ Harley and Bug Hall (The Little Rascals) playing the role of Arthur Davidson. Other cast members include Stephen Rider (Daredevil), Jessica Camacho (Sleepy Hollow), Daniel Coonan (EastEnders), Annie Read (Awkward), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2), Gabe Luna (Matador), Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and newcomers Essa O’Shea and Sean Scully.