Originally posted on Riding Vintage.
Alfred LeRoy was not your average cross country motorcyclist. At age 15, he was struck by a train, losing both of his legs and half of one arm. Once released from the hospital he was determined to ride a motorcycle and after eight years of saving he purchased his first. He had many different custom machines over the years, including makes like Minneapolis and Thor, but his 1916 Harley-Davidson J-series is probably the most well known. It is on this motorcycle that he completed a 50,000+ mile solo tour of United States in the late teens. More on Alfred LeRoy Rides Classic Harley Sidecar 50,000 Miles With No Legs and One Arm
February 7, 2011
I thought it might be fun to share one of my classic Harley motorcycles here with you. This is my “birthday bike” as I was born in 1955 and this is a 1955 Harley Panhead with matching 1955 Harley sidecar.
I found this solo bike in Daytona about 15 years ago during the Bike Week festivities. The seller was used to his modern motorcycles and had a hard time starting it, so he decided to sell it and ran a classified in the Daytona newspaper. I looked over the old Pan and we eventually agreed a price. I arranged to get some cash and pay him for it before anyone else got the deal before me. We took it to the old Klassix Auto Museum my friend used to run outside Daytona Beach. In the back shop of the museum I cleaned up and detailed the bike, flushed the tanks, cleaned the carburetor and generally tuned the bike up.
In riding the old Panhead around Daytona I felt it handled poorly and realized it had an adjustable tripletree for More on Harley Panhead & Harley Sidecar Classic 1955 Motorcycle
Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog by Buzz Kanter
December 24, 2010
A little over a year ago I was happily cruising around on my 2003 Harley Electra-Glide and had become a member and reader of the American Iron Magazine Forum. I kept noticing a link to a “Classic” forum and thinking that I was a classic kind of guy decided to investigate. Having spent some time building classic cars this seemed like it would be right up my alley. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.
I was immediately drawn to the vintage Harleys being discussed and couldn’t wait to own one. It wasn’t long after that I found and purchased a 1941 Harley Davidson WLA. When it arrived, I was just mesmerized by it. I had to know everything about it. And to give you an example of how little I did know, when my buddy and I first rolled it into the garage to look it over, we both saw the fuel shutoff on top of the tank and neither of us had any idea what it was. I had a very long way to go.
Fast forward to today. With the help and tutelage of my many new friends on the Classic American Iron forum, I started this blog, made over 1200 posts on the forum, traveled to Wauseon, Ohio for an AMCA meet at the invitation of a forum member, assisted in developing a website dedicated to the Goulding sidecar (www.gouldingsidecars.com) with the grandson of James Goulding, found and purchased a 1951 Goulding sidecar, rebuilt several Linkert carburetors, and the most important, had a blast doing it.
So, without further ado, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Buzz Kanter and the American Iron crew for making the Classic American Iron magazine and forum available. As a total newbie to vintage Harley’s, it would have taken me years to access the knowledge I have gained without the support of the forum and its members. Thanks again to all of you and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.