Harley Knucklehead

July 8, 2011

My 1936 EL Harley Knucklehead classic – What’s what? Part 1

A few weeks ago I was very fortunate to be able to buy a mostly correct and original 1936 Harley EL. I did  a deal to sell three other classic motorcycles to make this happen and am glad I did.

If you are not aware, this is the first year for Knuckleheads, which are the first production OHV Harley motorcycles ever. I am old there were somehwere around 1500 1936 Knuckleheads made, so they are quite rare. This particular motorcycle was photographed and featured in the pages of a 1991 copy of American Iron Magazine.

Classic blue and white 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead motorcycle

I know most, but not all, of this bike is correct and original to 1936 Harleys. So I am posting some photos to ask for people to share with me what they see to be correct or not. I am not planning on restoring this into a More on My 1936 EL Harley Knucklehead classic – What’s what? Part 1

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June 21, 2011

1936 Harley Knucklehead EL – My Progress

I have owned this wonderful classic 1936 EL Harley motorcycle for less than a week and it is already dominating so much of my life that I am wondering if and when I can deal with my other old bikes. In case you were not aware, we featured this exact Harley in the pages of American Iron Magazine in the early 1990s. I will see if I can find a copy of this article and post it here.

1936 Knucklehead The Day I Bought It

Other Side Of This Old Classic Harley As Bought

In the first few days after getting this 1936 Harley Knucklehead home I did my usual sit and stare routine looking it over and trying to figure out what to do to it and why. Generally, when I buy an old bike that is More on 1936 Harley Knucklehead EL – My Progress

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June 15, 2011

My 1936 EL Harley Knucklehead

A dream came true today and I bought and brought home a wonderful looking and strong running 1936 EL Harley Knucklehead. It was a small production run of the first year Knuckleheads. They are hard to find and not cheap.

A real 1936 Harley EL is a bike I did not ever expect to own and now I do.

My 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead as bought.

The seller told me there are a number of incorrect parts on this bike but that it was built to be ridden from what was available. It is not and was never intended to be a trailer queen or show bike.

This morning it started up on the 3rd kick when cold and idled down nicely. After it warmed up I retarded the ignition all the way and it did not miss a beat. I took it out for a shakedown ride and I have to admit it takes some getting used to shifting in a shifter gate with no detents or stops. Easy to miss the shift, but I got the hang of it in a few miles.

This bike feels lighter and faster than my 1947 Knucklehead but I don’t know why. More to follow as I get time to post more photos and info.

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