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.
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.
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.
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.