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    Harley racing bike with transmission raised

    I have a Panhead fender that has had the notch for the chain guard raised because the transmission was raised for racing .To raise up the primary. So you could lean the bike over more.I got the fender From Austin Kithcart in Kansas City . I may have his last name wrong.He did a lot of racing back in the day . I thought they called those bikes TT . Has any one else heard of this .

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    It also put the chains in a more linear confiquration. Taking out the shallow V in the alignment.I'm not sure what is gained as far as performance other than the ground clearance.Maybe Robbie can speak to this.

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    If I don't say anything, am I still wrong?
    Last edited by panic; 04-01-2020 at 11:06 AM.

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    Privateers were doing it before HD made the kits.
    There was a chain drive magneto kit as wel,I think.
    Catalina TT didn't start until 1951.
    Last edited by duffeycycles; 04-01-2020 at 09:29 AM.

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    Thanks I could not remember id it was Kithcart or Kathcart.Thanks every one

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    Robbie, you continue to amaze me with not only your collection of documentation but the speed you find the most obscure item is just mindblowing. It is wonderful to see and read how things were in the past. Thanks for all you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDpanman View Post
    Robbie, you continue to amaze me with not only your collection of documentation but the speed you find the most obscure item is just mindblowing. It is wonderful to see and read how things were in the past. Thanks for all you do.
    The man is a freak!

    Wonder if I could do the same on my 45" racer
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    Re: Harley racing bike with transmission raised

    Wonder if I could do the same on my 45" racer
    I've looked at doing that but it isn't practical on a 45. The cradle for the trans and the seatpost both interfere. The factory dealt with it by using the early narrow clutch and thin primary for ground clearance. Big twins are better suited due to the removable trans plate. It became an issue with the wide clutches on all models in '41.
    The factory also offered a high performance cam, magneto kits, and sprockets for big twins.
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    Re: Harley racing bike with transmission raised

    Wasn't there a set of of tanks that allowed the oil tank to be eliminated like the 45s? Gas on one side,oil on the other.

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