The Early
"HARLEY-DAVIDSON"
MOTORCYCLES
1905 and Now up to 2014
Or where ever you want to go with it

The site is now divided in three pages, Up to 1954,
1955 to 1969 and from 1970 to 2014

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This web page shows an history of the early Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
I have many original pictures that were submitted by family members to
show these early motorcycles in everyday use.
If you are like I am nothing shows the past better then photos


Motorcycles and particularly the Harley-Davidson have always interested me.
Although I have never owned one, it was something that was always on my mind.
I have been collecting pictures of old cars, trucks and motorcycles for some time and my collection of Harley-Davidson pictures became such that I thought I would share them. This collection has grown
considerably since I started this web site back in 2006. I even decided to include some of the newer bikes
and now have Harley's up to 2014. 

And please forgive me but I have included some nice old English bikes.
Most of these images have come from news groups but like with my car pages, I invite any of my visitors to submit their favorite Harley-Davidson picture or a British bike. All I ask is that they give me their name and if possible where they live. Street address are not required. If you like, a brief story on the bike would be nice.
The email address is johnmacdonald@summerville-novascotia.com


This page was last updated on Dec 8, 2014

The History of the Harley-Davidson
"The First Seventy Years"


The 1903 Harley-Davidson Factory

 
One of my vistors, Brent sent me the following story about this building.
"I was told a interesting story about the original H-D factory (which you have a photo of). When I was in school and started the H-D portion of my schooling we were given a week or so of H-D history before beginning the technical stuff in a lab. The building ultimately had a sad ending to it's existence as we knew it. After being stored for decades disassembled in a H-D factory warehouse someone who was instructed to clean the place up and make some room dug it out of the corner it rested so long in and threw it in the trash. Not a good day for H-D and probably a even worse one for the employee. My instructor was a good man and a forgiving person and said "I'm surprised he made it out alive after making a mistake that big. I'd at least have sent him home with one less nut."

 

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The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1903.
At that time Bill Harley and Arthur Walter Davidson built a one-cylinder motorcycle for their own use.This motorcycle was well built and they ended up selling it. That put them in thebusiness manufacturing motorcycles.
They continued to build motorcycles and by 1908 they had built 154.
Around this time William Davidson joined the company and it wasn't long before they had 20 employees and a new factory.
In 1909 Bill Harley thought that they needed a new engine. he took on the project to built a V Twin engine.It turned out to be a 1000 cubic centimeter, 45 degree V twin engine producing seven horse power. This 45 degree V twin became one of the most recognizable symbols of the Harley-Davidson. The bar and shield logo came in 1910 and is still with them today.
The F Head engine was introduced in 1911 and was the main power plant until 1929 when it was replaced by the flat head engine.
By 1912 Harley-Davidson was ready to expand again into a new 6 story plant.
They also started exporting at this time. 
From 1914 to the 1920's there was much advancement, such as the addition of a sidecar, the three-speed sliding-gear transmission, and the change in styling, which looked more like the motorcycles of today.
In 1928 the first twin-cam engine and front wheel brakes were available. This enabled the motorcycle to reach speeds of more then 85 mph.

The 1930's saw Harley-Davidson break more speed records.
In 1932 the three-wheel Servi-Car was introduced which would become a common police and commercial vehicle.

In 1936 the Knucklehead was launched and the Panhead followed in 1947. 
This machine made the Harley-Davidson American's motorcycle of choice.
During World War II the Harley took an active roll. Civilian production was just about suspended and all efforts were concentrated on war production.
Once the war was over in 1945 civilian production commenced again.
In 1949 the Hydra-Glide was introduced using hydraulic front forks.

The 1950's were not a good time at Harley-Davidson.
The British with their Triumph and BSA motorcycles had 40% of the market.
These were smaller, lighter and in some cases faster bikes.
This problem was met head on and in 1957 with the introduction of the Sportster.
The English stayed on the scene until the Japanese bikes hit the market in the early 60's.
They were small, under powered but cute and did a lot to bring motorcycle to the attention
of the general public.
However they didn't stay small and cute very long.
Companies like Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki learned real fast and made some real 
fast motorcycles.
Harley was almost put under at this time but they fought back.
In 1969 Harley Davidson merged with American Machine and Foundry Company.
This merger gave them needed cash but produced some poorly built bikes and Harley&American Machine and Foundry Company's reputation suffered greatly.
Harley-Davidson did survive and in 1971 the  ldquo; Cruiser” was born. It was a sporty looking bike with the frame and power train of the FL series.
This motorcycle was a great success and enabled Harley-Davidson to move to a 400,000 square foot plant in York, Pennsylvania.
The 1970's saw Harley win a great many races including four consecutive years of winning the AMA Grand National Championships in dirt track racing.
I will leave the history of the Harley-Davidson at this point with saying that from here on Harley-Davidson never looked back.


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Feature Picture
Pioneers: Founders of Harley-Davidson; William Davidson and William Harley
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2173899/Harley-Davidson-bikers-
pilgrimage-house-started.html
This picture was submitted by  Dolores Koslowski,  Port Dover Ontario, Canada
She had the following to say about the picture:
"Today I have been searching online for a photo of Harley & Davidson sitting on a 
bike with a sidecar attached. 
The framed photo has a sepia finish....black and whitish, yellowy look to it.

Between these two gentlemen there are several fish and a fishing pole leaning up 
against the fish which look to be lying from hooks on top of the sidecar.
The writing in the lower portion reads Mr. Harley & Mr. Davidson 1919.

It came into my possession in 2002 after a furnished house purchase in Palm City Florida.

I have checked this picture against the one shown in the above mentioned 
web site and it appears that this picture is authentic.
 


 
The following was an email that has been circulating and was sent to me by my brother.
I thought it was a story that should be told again.
If any of you want to pass it around to your friends please feel free to copy it.
JUST A BIKER

I saw you; hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. But you didn't see me put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday. 
I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk. But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local Mall.
I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant when you saw my bike parked out front. But you didn't see me attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.
I saw you roll up your window and shake your head when I rode by. But you didn't see me riding behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.
I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children. But you didn't see me when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless. 
I saw you stare at my long hair. But you didn't see me and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love. 
I saw you roll your eyes at our Leather jackets and gloves. But you didn't see me and my brothers donate our old ones to those that had none.
I saw you look in fright at my tattoos. But you didn't see me cry as my children where born or have their name written over and in my heart. 
I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere. But you didn't see me going home to be with my family.
I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be. But you didn't see me when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.
I saw you yelling at your kids in the car. But you didn't see me pat my child's hands knowing she was safe behind me. 
I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road. But you didn't see me squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to 
take the next turn.
I saw you race down the road in the rain. But you didn't see me get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.
I saw you run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time. But you didn't see me trying to turn right.
I saw you cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in. But you didn't see me leave the road.
I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass. But you didn't see me. I wasn't there.
I saw you go home to your family. But you didn't see me. Because I died that day you cut me off. 
I was just a biker. A person with friends and a family. But you didn't see me.
Repost this around in hopes that people will understand the biker community..
If you don't repost this, it sucks to be you. I hope you never lose someone that rides.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE WHAT WE CHOOSE AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS TO BE SURE WE ARE NOT IN 'YOUR' WAY 

Author Unknown


 
Feature Harley-Davidson
1909 Harley-Davidson Single Cylinder
This picture was submitted by Jean Allen and shows her grandfather 
standing by his Harley-Davidson.

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1917-1922 Harley-Davidso Model 820 Racing Bicycle
This bike s owned by Bernie Keeling, Gilroy, CA
Submitted by: Hubert Marshall, UpperChichester, Pa.

 
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1905 Harley-Davidson
1905 Harley-Davidson
1905 Harley-Davidson
1909 Harley-Davidson V Twin
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This picture was submitted by Ron Dil, it was taken 
about 1919. The person in the picture is his grandfather,
Joseph Funk (1884-1961).  He was born in Loudonville, Ohio 
and as a young man had worked as a traveling circus roust-about, and then became a fireman on the "Big 4"
railroad that ran through New London and Greenwich, Ohio.
He married Pauline Zarker in 1913 and settled down to farm 
in Greenwich.
One of these pictures hangs in the New London Historical Society with a note that it was taken in 1919 with a caption indicating that "Joe Funk is displaying the best in 1919 motorcycling."
1910 Harley-Davidson
1911 Harley-Davidson
1912 Harley-Davidson
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 1912 Harley-Davidson XBA Single Cylinder
 1914 Harley-Davidson 
This picture was submitted by Roy Rowlett.
The picture was taken in Oklahoma City before 1920.
The man was his grandfather. He owned an auto garage.
It is unknown if this was his, or a customer's bike.
 This picture was submitted by Dave Robinson, Western PA
The picture was taken at at The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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 1914 Harley-Davidson 
 1914 Harley-Davidson
This picture was submitted by Steve Rowles. 
The rider is unknown
This picture was submitted by Mindi Duncan, Blacksburg, VA
She had this to say about the picture
"This is a picture of my great great grandfather, Angel Fernandez Gonzalez was born in Aviles, Asutrias, Spain in 1882. He came to the US on the Carpathia in August of 1904. He worked at the Zinc Smeltering Co. in Cherryvale, KS like many other Asturians at that time. They later moved to Donora, PA. This picture was taken around 1920 in Cherryvale KS. It was said that his wife hated the motorcycle so much that it was later left in a ditch."
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 Two 1914 Harlew Davidson Model Ten C, Single Cylinder
 The invoice for one of these bikes They paid $245 for each
These pictures were submitted by Ross Hollibaugh
He had the following to say about the pictures and the bikes.
" I was enjoying your page with all the old Harleys and remembered that I have a photo of my cousin's grandfather and his grandfather's brother each sitting on the brand new 1914 Harleys that they purchased in 1914.  I am not sure, but I believe the photo may have been taken at the dealership (probably not realy a dealership back then, but the guy must have been an HD distributer) in Wanamingo, MN.  Wanamingo is 6 miles from Zumbrota.  I still have family in both Wanamingo and Zumbrota.  My cousin still has the original receipt for his grandfather's bike and he scanned a copy of it for me.  You can see on the invoice that Lars Johnson of Zumbrota, MN purchased his bike for $245 and only put $10 cash down.
Lars was my cousin's (Steve Johnson) grandfather."
 
 
1915 Harley-Davidson
1918 Harley-Davidson 18-J with Side Car
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 1918 Harley-Davidson 18-J,
 1920's Harley-Davidson Hill Climber
 This picture was submitted by Warren Will
It was taken by Warren at the Mystic Seaport (Mystic,CT) 
antique car show in 2007
 
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1921 Harley-Davidson WF Sport
1921 Harley-Davidson JL Racer
This picture was submitted by Mike Chilton. 
The picture shows his grandfather on the bike, 
Oliver Robert Williams.
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 1922 Harley-Davidson JD Racer
 1922 Harley-Davidson JD Racer
This picture was submitted by Dave Robinson, Western PA
The picture was taken at at The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina
 1924 Harley-Davidson Enthusiast Magazine
 1924 Harley-Davidson
1924 Harley-Davidson JD Motorcycle
1924 Harley-Davidson JD Motorcycle
1924 Harley-Davidson JD Motorcycle
1924 Harley-Davidson JD Motorcycle
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 1924 Harley-Davidson  (Army version)
 1924 Harley-Davidson JD Motorcycle
 This picture was submitted by Walt Cross, Master Sgt,
U.S. Army (Retired) It shows his great Uncle Nolin
when he was in the Army.
 This picture was submitted by Cliff Raven, London England
It shows his father father A.L.Raven and his H/D taken in 1928
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 1925 Harley Davidson
This picture was submitted by Dave Kaplan and shows
his grandfather, Max Novie, Brooklyn, NY on the bike
 
   
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 1925 Harley-Davidson with Sidecar
 1925 Harley-Davidson JD
This picture was submitted by 1925 Harley-Davidson,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
It shows his father on the bike which he bought new.
 1925 Harley-Davidson JD
 1927 Harley-Davidson Model JD
This picture was submitted by Bob Derrick and shows a Wellington, Oh patrolmen and his Harley.
 1928 Harley-Davidson J Engine
 1928 Harley-Davidson J
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 1928 Harley-Davidson J
1929 Harley-Davidson 74 with twin cams
This picture was submitted by Dave DeChambeau, Gardner, Ma.
The picture shows his Aunt Elizabeth, Uncle Harry, Aunt Mal, his  Mother an Uncle Bob on the fender. The photo was taked around 1930, in Halifax, Ma.
 1929 Harley-Davidson
1929 Harley-Davidson Engine
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 1929 Harley-Davidson Model AA,  21 cu. in ohc single cyc engine
 1929 Harley-Davidson Model AA,  21 cu. in ohc single cyc engine
 This Harley is owned by Adrian Matthews from Brisbane, Australia  
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1929Harley-Davidson Police Bikes
1929Harley-Davidson Police Bikes
This picture was submitted by Jon Moran, Charlottesville, Virginia This picture was submitted by Jon Moran, Charlottesville, Virginia
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 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH
 1930 Harley-Davidson 45 CU. IN. Model D
  This picture was submitted by Wayne Strachan, Australia.
The photo was taken around 1941 and shows his brother on it.
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 1930 Harley-Davidson V 74 ci 
 1932 Harley-Davidson VL Flathead 80 cu in Police Special
 This Harley is owned by Adrian Newman, Victoria, Australia. 
This Harley won the 110 years of Harley Davidson award at this year's Motorclassica 
This bike is owned by John Gin, Bucks County, Pa

It had a chain driven speedometer on the tank that allowed you to set it so it would stay on the highest speed the bike went until you reset it, the early radar....so the officer could prove you were speeding when he pulled you over.
The left side of the tank was for motor oil and had a brass hand pump to squirt oil to the top. The manual suggested a squirt or two evey few miles if you were doing over 50mph

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 1934 Harley-Davidson JDH
 1934 Harley-Davidson JDH
 This picture was submitted by Don Safer, Union City, CA
It shows his father, Joe Safer on his 1934 Harley-Davidson. 
The picture was taken in 1943 in front of the house his mother 
and father rented in Alameda California for $12. Actually 
just the "2nd" floor.
 This picture was submitted by Wayne Volcik, Smithville Texas 
The picture is of his uncle, the late Leon Volcik of Smithville
Texas. He loved his scooter and always wanted to see California and from what I was told he and a friend with another HD rode 
their bikes from Smithville to California to see what the west 
coast was like and this ride from what I can tell took place in the mid 1930's.
   
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 1934 Harley Davidson
This bike is owned by Fred Pike of Naknek, AK 
It is on display at Five Seasons Sports in Eveleth
 1934 Harley Davidson
This bike is owned by Fred Pike of Naknek, AK
It is on display at Five Seasons Sports in Eveleth
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 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD
 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD
 This bike is owned by Troy Chesledon  
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 1934 Harley-Davidson CAC
 1934 Harley-Davidson CAC
 This bike s owned by Bernie Keeling, Gilroy, CA This bike s owned by Bernie Keeling, Gilroy, CA
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1934 Harley-Davidson VLD with Sidecar
1934 Harley-Davidson
This picture was submitted by Mic Merser. It shows him on his 1934 Harlry taken in 1969 in San Diego CA
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1934 Harley-Davidson VLD 74 ci side valves
 1934 Harley-Davidson VLH
  This Harley is owned by Robert Boonstoppel, Belgium He bought the bike in The Netherlands in 1962. The bike was imported in
The Netherlands in 1939 and been hidden during World War II
from the Germans. Harley-Davidson VLD, 74 ci
 This picture was submitted by Wayne Heglar, Rixeyville,VA
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This Harley was owned by the late Mike Ornot Sr of Charleroi Pa. 
and was submitted by his son Mike 
The Harley was purchased from Cerini Harley-Davidson, Donora Pa, which is the original  store and is still standing. 
It is owned by the same family next generation down 
This HD Shop is the oldest know HD shop 

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1935 Harley-Davidson 45
1935 Harley-Davidson 45
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The bill of sale for Mike Ornot's Harley
 
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 1936 Harley-Davidson EL 
1936 Harley-Davidson XU, 80 cubic inch flathead Racer
Possibly the bike that Dale Walksler (owner of the museum)
piloted in the Great Race event some years back
  This picture was submitted by Dave Robinson, Western PA
The picture was taken at at The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, The lady is his wife, Sherri
 
 
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1936 Harley-Davidson EL
Lloyd drove other motorcycles back then.
Here he is shown in 1967 on his 1948 Indian
This picture was submitted by Deanna Golberg
It shows her father, Lloyd Freitag, Austin, Mn.
first Harley-Davidson. The picture was taken in 1944/45.
Her father was home on leave from the 
Navy at the time and was 17 years old.
 
 1937 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head
 1938 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head
   
 1937 Harley-Davidson Flathead
 1937 Harley-Davidson Flathead
This bike is owned by John Smith and has been since he war 16 years old, He has ridden that motorcycle all those years. It even earned him a million mile patch on it in 1989.  It has been to Sturgis so many times they made a collector card of it and I, and it has
been ridden to 49 continental United States including Alaska as
well as all of Canada and 8300 miles in old Mexico. Willie G has even had pictures taken of him sitting on it. 
He has been standing up on my motorcycle since the 60's and has even done it on his new dresser and he is no spring chicken, though 
I rode the 'wall of death' when I was a late teen and in my twenty's and motorcycle rodeos when I was in my twentys, and had a school to teach cops how to ride in Fla in the 70's. That picture made the photographer that took it famous 
 1938 Harley-Davidson UL
1940 Harley-Davidson EL
1940 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head
1941 Harley-Davidson WLD
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1941 Harley-Davidson
The year may be in question.
This picture was submitted by Brian Stern.
His father Roman Stern (1922-2001) is the rider.
was taken in 1951. He was 29 years old and it was his first motorcycle. He later joined the Milwaukee police dept. and rode a Servi-car.
1942 Harley-Davidson WLA
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This Harley picture was submitted by Bob Hartung Jr.
from City of Winfield, KS USA.
Bob had the following to say about the picture.
The picture is of my father, Bob Hartung taken in July, 1948 in Arlington, New Jersey @ his home, # 40 Washington Ave. After having served in the Navy during WWII he related that he took a few years off to travel around on his Harley. He owned three in those years. One was a military model that he bought for $ 75.00 and brushed painted red to hide the olive drab paint. By 1950 he was working at the Howard Savings Bank in Newark, N.J. He told me that one day he was called into the manager's office and told. " People that work in banks, don't ride motorcycles, you'll have to make a choice " He chose the bank where he met my mother. They were married in 1951. I came along in 1956.
 1940/1941 Harley-Davidson
 
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 1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead 74 cu. in.
 1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead 74 cu. in.
These pictures were taken by Charles Walker, Odebolt, Iowa and were taken near Kansas City in 1949
 
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 1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead 74 cu. in.
 1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead 74 cu. in.
 
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 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA  restored to 'civilian'
This bike is owned by Elwin Haddix of Ben Lomond, CA
Elwin said he finds a real contrast to the picture that I have 
of a 1942 WLA original army bike. (Shown above right) 
He rides this bike several times a week
 
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 1942 Harley WLA with Goulding  sidecar
 1942 Harley WLA with Goulding LLS sidecar
This bike is owned by Tom Edmonds.  Tom tells me it is a 
series 2. It was assembled Wed. Dec 10, 1942
He also points out that the bike on the right is a series 3 or newer and that since the sidecar is on the left side it was probably made for the English market
 This Harley is owned by Sean Hodson  who lives in California.
He  restored it in '99 and rides it regularly in the
High Deserts of California.
The following just came in from Sean (June3, 2012)
 it is a type 3 made in Feb 1942. And the sidecar was made for export only from 1940-1942.   I bought the bike from a Guy in Dalby, Austrialia .He had kept it in his barn since he bought
it at a Surplus auction in 1972 for $35. The only changes he
made was to paint it red (with a Brush and left over barn paint) 
to keep it from rusting. The sidecar is an original Goulding
and not a reproduction. When I bought it , I pulled it down
and repainted everything. I didn't know about
Bruce Palmer's book at the time, so I just did what the 
Army does when they service something...PAINT IT! 
The bottom end was tight so I chose not to rebuild it. 
The cylinders had never been touched, so I was able to bore
them .005 over. I checked the trans and wheel bearings and
they looked fine too, So no need to rebuild them yet. 
I've put about 10,000 miles on it now and the trans is about ready for an overhaul. Other than that ,it's fine and the Wife 
and I take it out regularly.
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 1942 Harley-Davidson Flathead WL
 1942 Harley-Davidson Flathead WL
This picture was submitted by Pat Challe www.yourharleypics.com
The bike is owned by Juan Dellogado, Texas. 
The bike was built from the ground up by Juan.
This picture was submitted by Pat Challe www.yourharleypics.com
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 1942 Harley-Davidson Flathead WL
 1942 Harley-Davidson Flathead WL
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 1942 Harley-Davidson F
 1942 Harley-Davidson F
 This bike is owned by Jon Erb and is one of only 107 of these that were made as documented by Bill Jackson, Archives Manager at H-D, Milwaukee.  

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 1942 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead 61 cu.in.
 1942 Harley-Davidson from the
Columbus (Ohio) Police Department. 
The picture taken in 1946 
 This bike is owned by Gaston Berger, Uruguay
He has owned this bike for the past 21 years and has had many changes
This picture was submitted by Bob Hoye and shows his 
father, Larry Hoye on the bike
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1943 Harley-Davidson WLA Bobber
1943 Harley-Davidson WLA Bobber
This bike os owed by Pete, Norfolk, UK
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1945 Harley-Davidson WLA
1945 Harley-Davidson WLA
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1945 Harley-Davidson WLA
1945 Harley-Davidson WLA
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This bike is owned by Susan Horton
of Thayer, Missouri.
She inheirited from her father however she doesn't ride.
1945 Harley-Davidson WLA
 
 
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1945 Harley-Davidson Flathead UL
1945 Harley-Davidson Flathead UL
This bike os owned by Cesar Augusto from Brasilia, Brazil  
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1945 Harley-Davidson 45 Cu In Military Bike that was 
chopped in the 60's, this bike has very little miles
on the original engine.

Back in the 30's Harley used to race on wooden tracks. One of the drives
had a pet PIG as a mascot for the team
Hence the Harleys were referred to as a HOG

Post WW II Harley-Davidson's


A History of the Panhead by Greg Lew (Panhead Greg)

1948 was the first year for the " tin top" overhead valve version of the bike.
These were offered in both 61 CI and 74 CI models.
Flathead side valve motors were still very popular during the 40's,
The displacement of the flatties ranged from 45", 74" to 80" but heat and oiling issues favored the OHV design.
Typically, police departments would order the E type motors, or 61Ci
This was both utilitarian and less expensive, but the 61s had a smaller lift cam that allowed the bikes
easier starting in hotter conditions. Stop and Go stuff...
Now, 1948 was an unusual year, because it was also the last year for the Spring Fork front end, but first year PANHEAD!!
Over zealous  engineers at the factory were always a little ahead with design, This was evident in 1965, when a frame change, electrical change, and design change pre-dated the
shovel head intro in '66.
And historically, you can see that the production guys were busy selling in stock, manufactured inventory. David Monahan, Harley expert and noted restorer owns a 1949 Spring Fork Panhead.
Sometimes the right hand doesn't want to know what the left hand is doing...Especially when there are paychecks involved.
In 49, the Hydra-Glide was introduced which, by definition, was the first hydraulic suspension bike produced by the factory.
Similarly, the Duo-Glide trademark was introduced in 1958 and had BOTH  front and rear suspension.
The Electra-Glide surfaced in 1965, 12 volt system and frame change were introduced.
Unfortunately, the Shovelhead design was only still on the drawing board.
Or, as I might guess, they simply wanted to use up the existing inventory of Panhead motors sitting around.


 
 

The Police Bikes
The police have used the Harley-Davidson for years.
They found that it was a lot better then the car in
traffic and they could catch the bad guys a lot easier.

How many of us have said
"I'm really sorry officer, I won't speed again"
1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special
But for those that didn't run too fast
there was always the mean machine

 
1940's Harley-Davidson Police Bike
This picture was submitted by Jon Moran, Charlottesville, Virginia

Carl Roberts' Chopper


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This is what Carl had to say about his Harley

 I built this bike from scratch in ’99 starting with a 60’s era broken frame that I was lucky to find. I had been holding on to the motor and transmission ( casting date 2 / 63 ) for some time waiting for the right parts to come to me. I drew a pencil sketch of what I wanted to end up with, basically a chopper that I owned in the 70’s and sold for a reason I can’t remember anymore. This is the ‘new and improved’ version.
 I'm the white headed guy on the right.

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And Now those Custom Built and Choppers


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1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
This bike is owed and was built by Warren Lane, Miami, FL
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1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
1997 Custom Built Speed Demon
 
2003 American Ironworks Savage ST
 
 
 
2003 Custom Built 100ci Hard Tail
2003 Custom Built Motorcycles Soft Tail
2004 Correct Cycle Works Pro Street Chopper Hard Tail
2005 Custom Built Aggressor Detroit Chopper
2005 Raptor Pro Street
2006 Black Widow Pro Street
2006 Custom Built Super Radical Chopper.
2006 Titan Sidewinder SX Chopper

 
The following three bikes are owned by Paul Tognolini, who lives near Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia.
1942 Harley-Davidson WLA
1950 Harley-Davidson EL
This bike is owned by Mike Allen, Washington, Iowa and he claimes it's his drug of choice
The bike is titled as a 1950 EL Harley Davidson. The cases are 1950 pan head cases
The top end is a   1966 shovel head  (74 in.)  1200 ccs.  4 speed transmission with a rocker clutch and slap stick shift. The frame is a 1958  drop seat swing arm frame with solid struts. The rear wheel and brake is a 1972 Harley with juice drum brakes.
The front end is 1995 Fat Boy Harley with 16 in. ape hangers and disk brakes. Carb is S&S E model shorty
1950 Harley-Davidson EL
1950 Harley-Davidson EL
The following pictures were submitted by Danny Lenz, Columbia, Tennessee.
He had the hollowing to say about these pictures.
There's a wrench that lives in Florida who is one of the true backyard genius mechanics...Doing things like putting a late 60's cone bottom end with a 40's knucklehead top end and it's run it from the 70's through till today... 
He calls It his Iron Head...
Here are a few photos I have of  a knucklehead and sidecar he restored a few years back.. As well as a couple of other pics of him and his bikes.
I know the knuck with sidecar is available for sale!!
1947 Harley-Davidson KKnucklehead with Sidecar
1947 Harley-Davidson KKnucklehead with Sidecar
1947 Harley-Davidson KKnucklehead with Sidecar
1947 Harley-Davidson KKnucklehead with Sidecar
1947 Harley-Davidson (Iron Head)
Freddie Cabler, Backyard Genius Mechanics
Fred and friends. Freddie's late brother, Charlie Cabler is on the far right.
Fred and friend "Mater" from LA riding showgun

 
 
 
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Douglas Daniels submitted these pictures. They were taken Harley 105th. 
He understand that it was built by a Dealer in Wisconsin.
Do we call it a V8 Harley or maybe a V 2x4 Harley
No it's called a Four-Tee-Five. For more on this crazy bike have a 
look at their web site

 
Chuck Summer has quite the collection of old, mostly Harley's that he has restored over the years. Seems his neighbors thinks he's crazy.
1946 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head
1946 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head Chopper
1946 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head
1946 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head
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 1946 Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racer
 1947 Harley-Davidson
This picture was submitted by Dave Robinson, Western PA
The picture was taken at at The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina
This picture was submitted by Dan Carton. It shows his mother and father, Leo and Kathy Carton Longmont Colorado on their wedding day in 1947 on his Dads  new 1947 Harley-Davidson.
 1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead.
The rider is Ed Botelho
1947 Harley-Davidson UL
This bike is owned by Steve Kieth from Aruba
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 1947 Harley-Davidson UL
1947 Harley-Davidson UL
This bike is owned by Steve Kieth from Aruba This bike is owned by Steve Kieth from Aruba
 1947 Harley-Davidson WL45
 1947 Harley-Davidson WL45
 1947 Harley-Davidson WL45
 1947 Harley-Davidson WL45
This 1947 Harley-Davidson WL45 is owned by Gary Goodman,
Belleview, FL. I gary's own words:
"I had a custom built HD chopper with an '89 1200 XL motor on it (Shown below) which I painted flat black. A friend saw the bike and offered to trade me for his '47 WL 45. I traded him straight out bike for bike and ended up with what you see in the photos. I think it was a pretty good trade. Check out the miles on the odometer."
 1947 Harley-Davidson WL45
 
   
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 1947 Harley-Davidson 1947 Harley-Davidson X Police Bike
 1947 Harley-Davidson 1947 Harley-Davidson X Police Bike
 These pictures were submitted by Duncan Scott, Bolton, UK 
He took them while he was in Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba
 
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 1947 Harley-Davidson X Police Bike
 1947 Harley-Davidson 1947 Harley-Davidson X Police Bike
   
1948 Harley-Davidson
1948 Harley-Davidson FL
1948 Harley-Davidson FL
1948 Harley-Davidson Pan Bottom Shovel Top
1948 Harley Davidson Panhead
1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead Bobber Chopper
1948 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
1948 Harley-Davidson Pan Shovel
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 1948 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
 1948 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
This bike is owned by Bert from Carver, Mass
It was built from parts collected here and there.
This picture was submitted by Dave Robinson, Western PA
The picture was taken at at The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, The lady is his wife, Sherri
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 1948 Harley-Davidson Pan Head Chopper
 1948 Harley-Davidson Knuckle Head
This bike is owned by Graig Hammond, Frankford, DE.
Graig was going to build a bike almost exactly like this
one until he found this 48. It's a true '48 Panhead title. Rigid, BDL belt drive, STD heads, stretched and raked with lots of
high perf parts.
This bike is owned by John Gin, Bucks County, Pa
   
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 1949 Harley-Davidson WL Flathead no 4346 
Taken Sept 1957  at Fort Worth's Carswell AFB
 1949 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
The picture was submitted by Dan MacMurray who had this to say 
about this bike and I assume others of that period.
"The only reason to own a Harley was because you couldn't yet afford a good English bike!"
 This bike is owned by Bert from Carver, Mass.
He has ridden this bike for 29 years in one form or another.
1949 Harley Davidson Hydra Glide.
1949 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide
1949 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
1949 Harley-Davidson FL
1949 Harley-Davidson Flat Head
1949 Harley-Davidson WL Flathead
This bike is owned by Andrew Marton of Minneapolis MN, USA
He had the following to say about the bige.
"Pulled this out of a barn where it sat neglected for 40 years....Needs to be restored but I will keep it as is...
Good for getting the mail only   >>YES IT RUNS"
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 1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper
 1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper
 This bike is owned by Wayne Woodward from Queensland Australia 
Wayne had the foll,owing to say about his bike. 
"he bike has taken me two years to get to this stage a few specs include- 
-ceramic coated heads 
-Tungsten carbide seats
-Black diamond valves 
-Jims rockers 
-SS Pistons 
-SS flywheel 
-Stroker motor
-AB grind Cam 
-2” over wide glide front end 
+ many more, had a lot of trouble with the old girl overheating as I live in Queensland Australia, I have overcome the problem with a SS series B carby and a Beehive oil cooler
 
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1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide
This picture was submitted by Donna Castaneda
1950 Harley-Davidson Panhead FL
1950 Harley-Davidson WR Flat Track Racer
1950 Harley-Davidson Servi Car
This bike os owned by Gale Colton 'bikerbabe' of Emmett, IdahoUSA
And she has the following to say about the bike.
"My sweet ride is a 1950 H-D servi-car. I have owned her for 10 years. She is about 75% original, she is now 12 volt, extra lights on the front for safety."
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 1950 Harley-Davidson Panhead
 1950 Harley-Davidson Custom Chopper
 This bike is owned by Jeff Chilton  
1951 Harley-Davidson FLH Panhead
1951 Harley-Davidson Servi Car
1951 Harley-Davidson Police Special
1951 Harley-Davidson Police Special
 1951 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
 1951 Harley-Davidson Pan Shove
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This bike is owned by Drew Smith, New Jersey.
He had the following to say about his bike.
"I have owned my 1951 FL panhead since it was new, and have original registrations.  I'm 82 years old, and have been riding since I was 17 years old.
My first bike was a 1946 HD 45 ci sidevalve bought from dealer Harry Isonin NYC where I lived.
The attached pictures show many angles of my Panhead, which has ALL the original parts.  Low mileage, and converted to a 12 volt system.   II has the
1952 foot shift conversion , with the B&H clutch booster.
ave not run it for some years, and if I got about $29,000 for it I would sell it. Otherwise it goes to my son.
BTW, I knew, and competed with, Randy Bynoe for many years from the late 1940s all through the 50s and 60s!  He was a great rider and gentleman. He was a few years older than me and we competed in the NY, NJ, CT, MA area.  I was riding AJS and Matchless 500 singles then in the woods and TT."
 1951 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead
 
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 1951 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead
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 1951 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead
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1951 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead
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 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead Bobber
 
This picture was submitted by Allan Pratt.  The bike is owned by his father and has been since the 1980's.  It has been transformed every couple of years to different looks. Upon completion of his Triumph, he tore it down and decided to rebuild it yet again. This is the current state of it now. All the work was done by my dad and I.  
1952 Harley-Davidson Panhead
1952 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
1952 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide
 1952 Harley-Davidson FL
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 1952 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
This bike is owned by Jim Petty, Seneca, SC, USA
Jim says that his bike is very original in terms of frame,
engine, fenders, tank all from the original bike.
 
1953 Harley-Davidson Pan Head
1953 Harley Davidson Panhead Chopper
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1953 Harley-Davidson Panhead
 1953 Harley-Davidson Panhead
This bike is owned by Mike Touhey, Southern Delaware USA
Mike tells me that it has the original motor and frame.
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 1953 Harley-Davidson Panhead
 1953 Harley-Davidson Panhead
 This bike is owned by  Marc Kinzora of Springfield,  IL  This bike is owned by  Marc Kinzora of Springfield,  IL
 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide
 1954 Harley-Davidson Flathead 45
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 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Police Bike
 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Police Bike
 This bike is owned by Jon Erb This 1954 HD FL police bike had one civilian owner. 
The mayor of Central City, Colorado ordered an “extra” for his buddy George Starbuck.  This bike never saw police action and only had the one owner before this ground-up, AMCA quality restoration.
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 1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead Mild Custom Bobber
 1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead Mild Custom Bobber
 This bike is owned by Dave Thompson, Sartell, MN 
 

 
 
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