Classic Motorcycle Maintenance

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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June 5, 2015

American Iron Garage All-Tech Harley Magazine

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.

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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.

1930 Harley VL Project Bike in American Iron Garage article on how to bring an old bike back to life.

1930 Harley VL Project Bike in American Iron Garage article on how to bring an old bike back to life.

Back issues of this All-Tech Harley magazine are available for sale st www.Greaserag.com, while supplies last.

Filed under Classic Harley History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Restoration, Trike & Sidecar by Staff Report

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April 9, 2015

Classic American Iron Project 1930 Harley VL & Sidecar At Retrocycle

We are hard at work on a different kind of article for the all tech American Iron Garage magazine on sale in a few months. In it we are following the process, at Retrocycle in Boonton, NJ, of getting an old Harley back on the road after too many years of storage in a midwest basement.

1930 Harley VL classic motorcycle

1930 Harley VL classic motorcycle

This particular machine is a 1930 Harley VL with sidecar. It was built many years ago with whatever genuine Harley parts the builder could get his hands on, long before the wide assortment of reproduction parts we now have available.

Classic American iorn - 1930 Harley VL

Classic American iron – 1930 Harley VL

We started by removing the sidecar so we couold get the bike up on a stand to work on it.

1930 Harley sidecar that has been attached to a Harley VL for more than a decade.

1930 Harley sidecar that has been attached to a Harley VL for more than a decade.

In a matter of a day we got most of the issues sorted out and the bike running. And a few more hours to sort it out, and finish detailing the machine. Full article and lots of photos and info in the next issue of American Iron Garage magazine this summer. This is a newsstand-special issue from American Iron Magazine.

Filed under Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Random Ideas, Trike & Sidecar by Buzz_Kanter

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