Classic Harley History

February 11, 2017

Sons of Speed Classic Boardtrack Style Antique Motorcycle Races

Billy Lane and a growing number of his friends are recreating antique motorcycle boardtrack racers with modern frames, forks, wheels and gear but original antique V-twin motors.

Buzz Kanter’s 1915 Harley-Davidson tracker on the Daytona Beach

They plan to race these machines March 17 and 18, 2017 on the banked 1/2 mile oval at the New Smyrna Speedway fifteen minutes south of Daytona Beach.

Slim profile of a boardtrack racer of the teens

Typical of a boardtrack racer of the teens and early 1920s, the machines were stripped down of everything not absolutely needed. No brakes, no transmission, no clutch and total oil lubrication system. There is virtually no suspension with a rigid rear section and less than an inch of travel in the forks. Note the drop bar style handebars to allow the riders to get low against the wind. Skinny wheels and tires and no controls other than a throttle, hand pump oil override, and magneto kill switch.

F head Harley engine with magneto ignition mounted in a new reproduction keystone frame.

American Iron Magazine is a big supporter of this event. In addition to featuring Rick Petko’s Indian motorcycle racer in the current issue and Buzz Kanter’s Harley motorcycle racer next month.  Also Buzz will be competing on Team American Iron Magazine by racing his bike in this year’s event.

You can pre-purchase your tickets at Sons of Speed Tickets. You can subscribe to American Iron Magazine (in print or digital delivery) and help support Team American Iron efforts at Subscribe.

Watch for full coverage of the races in upcoming issues of American Iron Magazine.

Filed under Classic Harley History, Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Competition Motorcycles, Events, News by Buzz_Kanter

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September 7, 2016

1936 Classic Harley VLH Road Ride Pre-Motorcycle Cannonball 2014

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!

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

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August 21, 2015

1929 Harley JDH 2-Cam Classic Motorcycle Project for 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.

Classic 1929 Harley JDH motorcycle

Classic 1929 Harley JDH motorcycle

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.

1929 Harley JDH

Very rare 1929 Harley JDH

The air cleaner is correct, as is the shifter assembly, forks, rear and side stands, and frame.

Dash for ignition and lights on vintage Harley

Dash for ignition and lights on vintage Harley

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.

Extra brake and running lights and unusual saddlebag mounting

Extra brake and running lights

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.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Classic Harley History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Custom Motorcycles, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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