September 7, 2016
I rode this 1936 VLH one-year-only Harley hundreds of miles to shake it down prior to the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball. I sorted it out pretty well prior to the 4,000 mile ride from Daytona Beach, FL to Tacoma, WA.
Go Team American Iron Magazine!
We at American Iron Magazine are planning on redoing this “bitsa bike” old Harley 2 cam as a magazine project bike in the next year.
These photos of the classic Harley are in “as purchased” condition. Not the incorrect front fender, British dual-leading shoe front brake, incorrect headlight and handlebars, home made exhaust, funky saddlebags and more.
The air cleaner is correct, as is the shifter assembly, forks, rear and side stands, and frame.
The genuines old Harley dash has been modified with toggle switches in place of the keys. Center toggle is the ignition switche, the two outside toggles are for lights. The handlbars seem to be modified boardtracker bars.
We like the idea of extra lights in the back of the bike as these classic old Harleys came with a very small tail/brake light. HOWEVER, these old Harley turn signals just look wrong on this vintage Harley. They must come off, but we are considering adding small bullet lights under the seat using the same wiring already on the bike for these lights.
We expect this project to be in the pages of American Iron Magazine sometime late in 2016. In the mean time we are open to suggestions on what and how to re-do this vintage Harley.
June 5, 2015
One of the articles in thenes issue of American Iron Garage, on sale now, is how the crew at Retro Cycle in Boonton, NJ worked to bering this 1930 Harley VL back to life after being stored in a heated basement for more than a decade.
The techniques used are not unique to the VL or even just flathead Harleys, but to most classic motorcycles. In addition the magazine is chock full of great tech, how-to and installs for Harleys old and new.
The magazine is available on line with digital delivery at http://www.zinio.com/www/browse/product.jsp… or in magazine stores everywhere.
Back issues of this All-Tech Harley magazine are available for sale st www.Greaserag.com, while supplies last.