Single or early 45 frame for sure. What are your plans for it?
Owner could be off by a year. The frame predated the 1929 nicknamed "Three Cylinder Harley" (the '29 DL 45" twin) that was shoehorned into it by making the 6v generator run off a jackshaft and bevel gears, standing on the left side of the engine. 21-inch Single was in that frame from I think, '26. It was used thru '31 for the D model 45.
In 1932 the RL model 45 was introduced, with the long-lived 32E 6v generator lying across the front of the engine, as it stayed on R and W 45s, and the front downtube got the 45's famous 'S' curve, to make room for the generator. Singles were made through, I believe, 1934, in 21 and 30.50 c.i. in the straight-legged frame.
See the famous photo of the Harley & Davidson heirs posed in front of Dudley Perkins' H-D in San Francisco on their "shake down run" cross-country taken in 1929. They're astride '29 DL 45s in that frame.
Last edited by Sarge; 04-18-2012 at 12:11 AM.
i'm thinking to built a single cylinder racer ,but after your info if i find at affordable price one 45DL i can change the idea and turn on a classic bike i don't know exactly, how much it cost that kind of frame?
thanks for your great answer you open my mind i have also for a good price the deal of tre engine 1000 HT as told by the owner if some one is interested let me know asap
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