February 23, 2010

My 1915 Harley Motorcycle Arrived – Classic!

After spending lots of time and money trying to sort out a mix and match 1914/1919 Harley for the Motorcycle Cannonball Run I stumbled across a real, complete, correct and running 1915 Harley that I could afford (after selling a couple of other bikes). I am so excited by this bike and it finally arrived today in the rain and sleet.

Buzz Kanter & Original, Correct 1915 Harley Motorcycle

Buzz Kanter & Original, Correct 1915 Harley Motorcycle

I had only seen some fuzzy photos of the bike, but some friends had seen it in person so I was comfortable buying it. I knew the front forks were damaged and had been repaired a long time ago, and I knew the saddle was wrong. I also knew the handlebars were damaged.

Original Paint 1915 Harley Gas Tanks

Original Paint 1915 Harley Gas Tanks & Top End

I believe all the tin is original paint, which is pretty cool. I am not planning on running these gas tanks across the US for fear they might split of leak. I have a beautiful set of reproduction tanks being made. which we will paint to look right. I’ll keep the original ones on a shelf – safe and sound.

The Left Side of My Original Paint 1915 Harley

The Left Side of My Original Paint 1915 Harley

This is the oldest motorcycle I have ever owned and the only one I can recall with bicycle-style pedals to start up!

Rider's View Of The 1915 Harley Tanks.

Rider's View Of The 1915 Harley Tanks.

More details and photos of this classic Harley when I get the time. Meanwhile I can’t wait to spend more time studying this bike and learning all I can about it.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Classic Harley History, Motorcycles by Buzz_Kanter

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February 24, 2010

35Chief @ 2:45 pm

Awesome Buzz, That is so Cool! After the CannonBall it would be perfect for the Pewter Run!

Buzz_Kanter @ 4:31 pm

IF it (and I) survive the Motorcycle Cannonball it would be a great Pewter Run, but that might seem tame after a 3,500+ mile ride across country. :-)

kurtklokkenga @ 7:47 pm

excellent. congrats.

March 3, 2010

OldIronRider @ 7:34 pm

Wow ! The bike looks great ! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see it up close and in person! I’m looking forward to your blog on prepping the bike for the Cannonball. This is a better start than looking for all the pieces from now till race day!

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