Motorcycles

August 23, 2016

Picking Classic Motorcycles & Antique Parts in A Basement

I was invited to check out these classic motorcycles and parts in a woman’s basement after her father passed away. She asked me to help identify the machines and parts and to give her an idea of the values.

No, I did not buy anything but I was more than a little tempted on a few of the motorcycles. Nice Harley Cafe Racer XLCR and I loved the pre-war Knucklehead and VL Harleys.

Filed under History, Motorcycles by Buzz Kanter

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October 26, 2015

1916 Excelsior Motorcycle Boardtrack Racer Info Needed

Hi all:

I am researching this particular 1916 Excelsior racer for a future article in Motorcycle Rides & Culture magazine.

1916 Excelsior motorcycle boardtrack racer

It was a well known West Coast racer in the teens and twenties, and was later owned by Rusty Kay. It was restored in the early 1970s by Dave “Huggy Bear” Hansen of The Shop.

Rare antique motorcycle racer

It was on display at the Peterson museum for a few years. All info, details and history on it is appreciated.

Thanks – Buzz Kanter

Filed under Competition Motorcycles 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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