Harley Racer

January 14, 2014

Harold Seamans – Harley-Davidson Hillclimb Racer

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.


Syracuse Class B hill climb

In the 1920’s and 1930’s, the sport of motorcycle hill climbing was at it’s peak across America.  The sport was so popular that many movie theaters showed clips from recent hill climbing events as part of the preview reel before the start of the movie.  The rules were simple, whoever got the farthest up the slope was the winner, but the racing was dangerous.  At such steep grades, the motorcycles could easily roll backwards on top of their riders.  Harley-Davidson, Indian and Excelsior all fielded factory racers to compete for the coveted victories hoping that they would result in higher sales. More on Harold Seamans – Harley-Davidson Hillclimb Racer

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January 24, 2012

1951 Peoria National Motorcycle Races

Here’s a video sponsored by Firestone Tires of the 1951 Peoria National Motorcycle Races.  Really interesting because it’s in color and you can see all the vintage motorcycles when brand new. The club members as well are really dressed to the nine’s with all the clothing accessories of the day.

Filed under Classic Harley History, Mr. Big's Blog by Mr. Big

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November 26, 2011

1926 Harley Motorcycle Cannonball Project – Thanksgiving Weekend Update

I have been so busy with work-related issues and family stuff I have not had much time to work on my 1926 Harley J motorcycle in a while. So I took some advantage of time off on the long four-day Thanksgiving weekend to spend some time in the garage.

Quick recap to date. I got the dirty old 1926 Harley J which had been sitting for many years. Down at Wheels Through Time we got it running, sorted and then stripped it down as a racer.

1926 Harley J classic stripped as a racer

Then, after I brought the bike back home and parked it in the Connecticut offices of American Iron Magazine, we heard the Motorcycle Cannonball was back on for 2012 and the cut off year was increased from 1915 to 1929 motorcycles.

We figured this old Harley, which a previous owner had updated with a front brake and newer drop center wheels, would be a great Cannonballer. So now I had to start reassembling all the parts we had just taken off.

 Back home I reattached the luggage rack, bolted on the headlight and tool box and then found and installed an old-style motorcycle mirror from my old collection of various motorcycle parts I have accumulated over the years.

1926 Harley J with headlight and tool box reinstalled in my garage

Old style motorcycle mirror to see what catching up on me from behind.

Next up was to reattach the rear section of the back More on 1926 Harley Motorcycle Cannonball Project – Thanksgiving Weekend Update

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance by Buzz Kanter

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