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