February 27, 2012
Work on my 1929 Harley JDH is in fits and starts. I bought the bike complete and sort of running, but not quite. Under the watchful eyes of Dale and Matt Walksler at Wheels Through Time we (mostly they) got it running.
Big issues with the engine components and lack of brakes. So we pulled it all apart and sent out various pats to specialists around the US. And now we wait for the parts to come back so we can reassemble them and make sure everything works right together.
The wheels were pulled apart for rebuilding with stronger spokes at Buchanans. Some of the engine parts went to Wisconsin and others to California for rebuilding. This is one of the last photos of me with the two cam before we tore it down for rebuilding.
We ended up pulling the engine, carb, ignition and transmission. Some of the items could be cleaned, checked and rebuilt at Wheels Through Time and other parts needed specialists.
We will be adding an original Harley luggage rack and set of saddlebags as well as a Heather’s Leathers custom made seat with sheepskin cover before I attempt the 3800 mile coast to coast endurance ride on the Motorcycle Cannonball 2012. You will be able to follow this in the pages of American Iron Magazine. And thanks to Wrench, Ride, Repeat tm for sponsoring me on Team American Iron.
I have never had such a great birthday present as I got this year. Actually I bought this 1929 Harley JDH 2-cam motorcycle almost a month before my birthday – which is in a few days, but who is counting days when something this exciting happens.
If you are not familiar with the fabled Harley 2 cam JDH motorcycles, these rocket ships were offered in street trim only in 1928 and 1929. I have not read or heard any definitive production numbers for the JDH models, but believe only 1,500 to 2,000 of them were More on 1929 Harley JDH Classic 2 Cam Motorcycle – Buzz Kanter’s Birthday Present
February 12, 2011
Sometimes I run across a photo involving a classic Harley or Indian motorcycle that makes me stop and smile. This is one.
As best I can tell the motorcycle appears to be a 1929 45 cubic inch V-Twin. I figure it is a 1929 because it has the dual bullet headlights and the “Pipes O’ Pan” with two mufflers on each side of the motorcycle.
The more I look at this photo the more I wonder how old this photo really is. These gals look pretty modern and hip if you aked me. Especially the women in the sun glasses.
What do you think? New photo with a classic Harley and era clothing made to look old, or a genuine old one?