1914 Harley

December 19, 2009

1914 Harley History – 2-Speed Hub & Classic Racers

Classic 1914 Harley Twin - Model 9

Classic 1914 Harley Twin - Model 9

1914 was the last year for the so called “narrow case” Harley engines for the street machines.  This was the first year for the step starter system for Harley-Davidson and the first year for the carburetor choke. There was finally a hand operated oil pump mounted on the fuel tank. It was the only More on 1914 Harley History – 2-Speed Hub & Classic Racers

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December 16, 2009

New Plans For My Old Harley J Motorcycle Cannonball Bike

Well, it seems I’ll be building, rebuilding and prepping my 1914 Harley-Davidson for the big event next year – the Motorcycle Cannonball Run in September.

Looks like I will not be taking delivery of the old Harley twin until sometime after the new year. In the meantime I have been speaking with all sorts of people with more knowledge about these very early Harleys than I would even have. Among the many experts (my description, not theirs) I have been chatting every day or two with Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time Museum www.wheelsthroughtime.com , Dave Fusiak of Flatout Vintage Motorcycles www.flatoutvintagemotorbike.com, and Fred Lange about what I have, what I need and what are my best options.

My 1914 Harley-Davidson "Narrow Case" Engine

My 1914 Harley-Davidson "Narrow Case" Engine With Newer Linkert Carburetor

Basically they all agree that the apparently correct and accurate 1914 Harley engine is quite rare and valuable but probably not the best choice for me on the Motorcycle Cannonball Run. Because it is a “narrow” case engine it would be difficult to get spares and repair on the road if there are any problems. And there are not many upgrades available by using “newer” parts from the mid to late teens like better camshafts.

When you think about it, the folks at the Motor Company (or any other motorcycle manufacturer) didn’t know More on New Plans For My Old Harley J Motorcycle Cannonball Bike

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Engine & Transmission, Motorcycles, Tech by Buzz_Kanter

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December 14, 2009

What Luggage Rack For My Old Harley?

Still have not actually seen my motorcycle that I might end up riding coast to coast on the Motorcycle Cannonball Run in 2010 as it is already across the country from me.

I believe the frame and forks on my old Harley is possibly a 1918 or 1919 model, but not sure yet. What I do know is that I’ll be needing a luggage rack to mount the old style saddlebags to carry my basic tools and oil, cell phone and some clothes. So I am looking for any leads or information on where to get the right luggage rack for my Harley.

Is This The Right Luggage Rack From My Old Harley?

Is This The Right Luggage Rack From My Old Harley?

Does anyone know what Harley offered in the way of luggage racks for Harley-Davidson twins in the mid to late teens and how to identify them by year and application? And I’d appreciate all leads in finding the right one to fit my frame.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Restoration by Buzz_Kanter

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