“Harley And The Davidsons”, a three-part docu-drama which charts the the birth of iconic Harley-Davidson bike and its survival during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century, will go on air in India from October 14.
Discovery will roll out the mini-series on the motorcycle, founded by Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley, for the Indian audiences.
The road to success for the three founders was filled with innumerable obstacles, ruthless competitors and extraordinary risks. Together, these three young men, the sons of blue-collar immigrants, gave everything they had to ensure the survival of the company they founded. But just how far would they go to reach the ultimate American dream — that’s what the show will capture.
It will show how Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune and livelihood to launch the budding enterprise; how each of them faced very different challenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions.
While for Walter Davidson, the venture was a chance to escape from the confines of society – to ignore the rules and build a bike that could go anywhere and ride hard, for Arthur, it was an opportunity to finally make good on his name. And for Bill, the bike gave him hope to break free from his overbearing parents and apply his talent as an engineer.
Built in a shed out of Milwaukee, these motorcycles were able to survive severe conditions, and Walter put the bikes to test when he became a top motorcycle racer. His daredevil exploits put Harley-Davidson on the map, and pushed the company to eventually overtake their archrival competitor, Indian, which had a stronghold on the market.
But the founders also faced an underlying moral question – just how much would they risk to become successful’
The docu-drama looks at how the founders continued to grow its loyal following like no other competitor – whether it was securing the American Army contract and teaching riders how to make repairs on the field to embracing boisterous motorcycle clubs across the nation.
Walter, Arthur and Bill cemented Harley-Davidson’s reputation as a builder of bikes that goes anywhere, could ride hard and ignored all the rules. It’s a legacy that has endured over 100 years – and at the heart of the brand and its loyal riders.
The series 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 (in “Mission: Impossible 2”), Gabe Luna (“Matador”), Alex Shaffer (“Win Win”) and newcomers Essa O’Shea and Sean Scully.
It has already been a success in the US, where it premiered in the first week of September.