Maxton Mile

February 9, 2019

Land Speed Racer Harley Knucklehead Motorcycle

Here is a crazy mix and match Harley Land Speed Racer. Harley Knucklehead engine in a single down tube VL frame. Split Sportster gas tanks, total loss battery in the tool box.

Modern Harley Springer front end, rigid rear frame and wide car wheel. And check out that creative handlebar set up!  This bike has made a number of passes on the Maxton Mile race course.

Filed under Classic Harley History, Competition Motorcycles, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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July 12, 2014

Classic Harley Racer – Knucklehead VL Land Speed Racer Project?

It’s not like I don’t already have my hands full with other motorcycle projects when not publishing American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, Motorcycle magazine and running the publishing business. In addition I am prepping a 1948 Harley Panhead for the 2 day Kickstart Classic ride in 2 weeks AND a 1936 Harley VLH for the 4,000+ mile Motorcycle Cannonball endurance race in September.

Possible future American Iron Magazine land speed racer project motorcycle

I can’t say if I was more intrigued by what it was or how it looked, but I loved this crazy Harley Knucklehead/VL racer from the first sight. The seller explained it was built out of “this and that” to make a few passes at the now defunct Maxton Mile in North Carolina. He even has the East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) tech stickers on the fork leg.

Left side of the Land Speed Racer Harley project

The engine is a mix and match Knucklehead configuration mounted in a mildly modified and braced Harley VL frame and Harley springer forks with no brakes. Harley front wheel and some kind of race car rear wheel. Newer 4-speed transmission with belt drive primary, foot clutch and jocky shifter. The carb is a Linkert M74B off a standard Panhead, 12 volt electrics and a total loss charging system.

View of this classic Harley racer from above

The gas tanks were from a Harley Sportster Peanut tank. It was cut in half, welded up and plumbed to sit low and have plenty of gas to make a couple of passes. The handlebars are creative. They flipped over a set of risers, cut down a set of old bars and fit them to work like old time drop bars. Very cool in deed. No front fender, and a trimmed down rear one.

I just got iy home, so the first thing I plan to do is roll it up on the workbend and clean it from one end to the other. This gives me the chance to see what I am working with and to find things I didn’t notice before or need to change. All in all I love the stance of this bike and its attitude. Comments are encouraged – plus and minus.


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March 12, 2009

Win a Harley Knucklehead Motorcycle

Win A Harley Knucklehead Motorcycle – Wheels Through Time Raffle Tickets On Sale Now

The 7th Annual Wheels Through Time Raffle Bike -- The 1947 Knucklehead

The 7th Annual Raffle Bike -- The 1947 Knucklehead

Win This 1947 Harley Knucklehead or $20,000!!!

1 ticket for $10 3 for $20  7 for $50 w/ free T-shirt and DVD

Drawing held November 2009

Get Your Tickets Here Today!!!

New Motorcycle Videos On The Time Machine


Tune in online and see what Dale and the crew at WTT have on the slate for 2009. From restorations, rebuilds, and tune-up tech shows to virtual tours, feature bikes, and big events, the Time Machine brings the world of Wheels Through Time right to your computer. And the best part–its 100% free.

This Months Feature:

The Maxton Mile

Watch as Dale and Buzz run an untouched 1931 Harley at the Maxton, NC Land Speed Races

Watch as Dale and Buzz run an untouched 1931 Harley at the Maxton, NC Land Speed Races

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