Harley WLA

December 24, 2010

Thanks Classic American Iron Magazine! – Mr Big

1941 Harley Davidson WLA and 1951 Goulding Ls Sidecar

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.

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September 13, 2010

Harley 45 Flathead Motorcycle Bobber

Harley-Davidson WL custom by Dark Star Kustoms

Bobber Harley 45 Motorcycle

Here is another feature bike we found on Bike Exif site worth sharing here.

Philip Van Geest runs Dark Star Kustoms in The Hague, Holland, and he’s making a name for himself with his fabricating skill and eye for good proportions. This Harley WL bike is called ‘The Merlin’, and it’s the star of the latest issue of Greasy Kulture magazine.

The handlebars are from a Belgian ‘Flandria’ moped, the headlight from a bicycle and the petrol cap from an East German ‘Stimson’ moped. The primary chain cover once did duty as a step on a Russian sidecar, and the rear wheel is from a pre-unit Triumph … you get the idea. The engine is a 1942 Harley-Davidson WL (750cc flathead) which Philip got in exchange for a BMW bike. (The “engine was scrap metal” he says, and it had to be rebuilt). But the rest of the machine is almost all handmade from scratch by Philip: this includes the frame, the neat little tank, and the ribbed mudguard.

According to Greasy Kulture editor Guy Bolton, “Philip appreciates period correctness and has a definite idea about what ‘old school’ choppers should look like, dressing his bikes with pre-1950s accessories. He also mixes and matches parts from different marques to put a twist on the usual Harley custom theme.” Philip’s intention was to create “a really skinny bike suitable for the hectic traffic in The Hague … I couldn’t decide which colour would fit the bike, but it actually looked cool as it was: bare metal, really pure. All I’ve done is spray some lacquer over the metal to keep the rust at bay.” This Harley took just five weeks to build: fast work is a Dark Star trademark, which is amazing when you consider how much this Harley was handmade from scratch.

Harley-Davidson WL custom by Dark Star Kustoms
Harley-Davidson WL custom by Dark Star Kustoms

Dark Star Kustoms is a post from Bike EXIF – Classic motorcycles, custom motorcycles and cafe racers.

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February 28, 2010

“Mr Big’s Big Vintage Harley Adventure – Update”

My apologies to my legions of fans out there, but I’ve been remiss in updating my vintage motorcycle blog and it’s time to correct that. In my last entry, I detailed my ability to crash unceremoniously in my driveway. Undeterred, I have been back in the saddle a few times since to better acquaint myself with the old girl.

1947 Harley "45" Sales Brochure

1947 Harley "45" Sales Brochure

I must admit that I haven’t felt quite ready to get out into real traffic yet. Understand that I live in a suburb of Houston and the traffic, even just outside my neighborhood, is quite demanding. Even on a modern bike, you better More on “Mr Big’s Big Vintage Harley Adventure – Update”

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