July 12, 2014

Classic Harley Racer – Knucklehead VL Land Speed Racer Project?

It’s not like I don’t already have my hands full with other motorcycle projects when not publishing American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, Motorcycle magazine and running the publishing business. In addition I am prepping a 1948 Harley Panhead for the 2 day Kickstart Classic ride in 2 weeks AND a 1936 Harley VLH for the 4,000+ mile Motorcycle Cannonball endurance race in September.

Possible future American Iron Magazine land speed racer project motorcycle

I can’t say if I was more intrigued by what it was or how it looked, but I loved this crazy Harley Knucklehead/VL racer from the first sight. The seller explained it was built out of “this and that” to make a few passes at the now defunct Maxton Mile in North Carolina. He even has the East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) tech stickers on the fork leg.

Left side of the Land Speed Racer Harley project

The engine is a mix and match Knucklehead configuration mounted in a mildly modified and braced Harley VL frame and Harley springer forks with no brakes. Harley front wheel and some kind of race car rear wheel. Newer 4-speed transmission with belt drive primary, foot clutch and jocky shifter. The carb is a Linkert M74B off a standard Panhead, 12 volt electrics and a total loss charging system.

View of this classic Harley racer from above

The gas tanks were from a Harley Sportster Peanut tank. It was cut in half, welded up and plumbed to sit low and have plenty of gas to make a couple of passes. The handlebars are creative. They flipped over a set of risers, cut down a set of old bars and fit them to work like old time drop bars. Very cool in deed. No front fender, and a trimmed down rear one.

I just got iy home, so the first thing I plan to do is roll it up on the workbend and clean it from one end to the other. This gives me the chance to see what I am working with and to find things I didn’t notice before or need to change. All in all I love the stance of this bike and its attitude. Comments are encouraged – plus and minus.


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June 22, 2014

Classic Harley Hydra Glide FLH Bottom Fork Tube Thread Repair

Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide FLH bottom tube thread repair

The bottom tube that secure the wheel axles with 2 studs could have encounter some problem, either they were over torque or if they hit somethings,so when the material fail around the studs you need to take care of that,one option is to buy cheap aftermarket ones,or the other option is to rebuild them,by completely weld the end of the tube and recondition to original specs.

Here is the end ready to be machine after the initial weld,everything was ground to start with to make sure no porosity would interfere at the end.

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June 20, 2014

1936 Harley VLH Rebuilt For Motorcycle Cannonball

Working with the great folks at RetroCycle in Boonton, NJ we have finished rebuilding my 1936 Harley VLH in preparation for the up-coming Motorcycle Cannonball in September.

Motorcycle Cannonball 1936 Harley VLH from Adventure Power’s Team American Iron

Here is a teaser photo of the bike pretty much ready to go. This is my spare engine, which is pretty much broken in now. So I will swap out to my competition engine and keep this one in the support truck “just in case…”

You can read all about it in the pages of American Iron Magazine, as we have been following the build for several months.

Every single nut and bolt has been off this bike for inspection, redoing or replacing. Every single one. It is mostly original stock spec with modern Continental tires and an upgraded 12-volt ignition system. For more info on this amazing 12-volt, solid state generator system please contact Robb at Retrocycle.

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