The Silent Grey Fellows

by Elizabeth

This ad appeared in the Daily Illini on October 20, 1912.

Production rose to eight units in 1904, then to 16 the following year, reaching 50 in 1906, when the original black finish was joined by Renault Grey. In years to come, the company’s quiet motors and grey paint would prompt riders to nickname Harleys the “silent grey fellows.”

Harley-Davidson 1923–1928

For me, the phrase recalls the Gentlemen in that creepy Buffy episode, “Hush.”