Originally posted on Riding Vintage.
Harley-Davidson had been very successful in the commercial market with it’s Package Truck, but there was a need for a “towable” motorcycle that had not yet been filled. An enterprising Californian company took it upon themselves to fill that gap with what they called the Cycle Tow.
First available in 1930, the Cycle Tow system could be added to a standard Harley-Davidson VL or DL motorcycle. The two additional rear wheels were deployed when the motorcycle needed to be towed and then folded up and forward when the motorcycle needed to be ridden solo. The system worked well for towing, but the motorcycle was awkward and unstable when ridden solo. Although not a success financially, the Cycle Tow inspired Harley-Davidson to design the Servi-Car. In 1932, the first Servi-Car went into production and they were continuously produced until 1973.
On the advice of a friend who has been messing with classic Harley and Indian motorcycles about as long as I have, I bought and sprayed a can of Gibbs penetrating oil all over my mostly original paint 1924 Harley JDCA.
Soaking my classic Harley in Gibbs penetrant oil to see if it helps make it look and run better.
I am told this oil was designed for high tech applications and is used by collector gun enthusiasts. I am told it will help the life and the look of raw metal, plated metal and even old painted metal. I bought a few cans and just sprayed the bike down.
The other side of the classic Harley after spraying it down with penetrating oil.
I plan to leave the oil on the old Harley for a week or so to penetrate in. Then I will carefully wipe off the excess with paper towels. I have tried other products including StrongArm and Kroil, both of which seem to work well.
Anyone else have other suggestions on similar processes?
Filed under Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter