The Historic Timeline of Big Twin Motors

The art of the motorcycle engine has evolved dramatically since the days of the F-Head. In 1921, a Harley-Davidson became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of 100 miles per hour.

The engine — and motorcycles engines in general — have changed dramatically since the early days. Time and technology have taken their toll in both good and bad ways, some would say. During a recent staff meeting here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, our resident motorcycle experts and enthusiasts thought it would be interesting to highlight the history of the v-twin engine. From the F-Head, to its evolution as a Harley engine, to the current day Revolution, the Big-Twin motor has been a mainstay in the industry.

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The Historic Timeline of Big Twin Motors Infographic

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11 Comments

  1. Karl Steinmeyer April 3, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Love me some big twins!

    The shovel head is on my “someday when I’m rich I will have this bike” wish list.

  2. Evinrude Johnson October 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

    The river outfitter is the only licensed concessionaire
    operating iin the Grnd Canyon using thee newly designed engines that aree cleaner burning,
    more environmentally friendly and assembled in the United States.
    Not onmly does Hoonda make top-selling automobiles, they have also
    used their expertise to maoe boat motors as well. But the good thing is tht the bass are still biting and the artificial bite has been aas good as the live bait bite
    has been using wild shiners.

  3. chay August 1, 2014 at 3:01 am

    just bought my first Harley ever heritage classic 2014 till now. I have always ridden triumph, the last 9 years on a rockett . I should have read your blog earlier.
    It has helped me to make up my mind to go back to triumph. 30 years riding, I’m 65 years young.

    • boston jim August 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Hey Chay, you should have read the 3 blogs on the H-D Twin Cam Chain Tensioners, you wouldn’t have bought that POS H-D in the 1st place ! Beware, Be Smart, Be Safe, Boston Jim

  4. BOSTON JIM November 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Little Wolf, your right on ! Consider All Options, (what kind of user name is that) your a Dic**ead !

  5. Harold Conger October 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I would like info on getting a copy for my shop as well.

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  7. Greg "Tuco" Hall August 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    That’s really cool..to me there’s nothing sweeter than a harley v-twin,from the old days til present.I dig the retro look of the poster.My Evo electra glide is badass thanks to J&p.!!!Keep up the the good work.

  8. Little Wolf August 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Didn’t INDIAN Motorcycles develope/invent the first
    V-Twin engine? I think they did among other innovations that most bikes seem to still enjoy still today. And why is it that Indian Motorcycle is always left out in these time lines?
    You know just because you believe a lie. that doesn’t make it true. Give credit where credit is do. You Harley fans think that Harley was the original.
    You’re wrong! Long live INDIAN MOTORCYCLES.
    Just like my people, you wish we had not been here when your people arrived.

    • Consider All Options April 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

      If you were not so narrow minded abd stupid about what people actually think about Indians then you would get off your high horse that anyone actually cares that you are an Indian or any other nationallity.

  9. JERRY WILCOCKSON August 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    How can I get a copy for my shop?

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