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February 1, 2014

Tennessee State Police Motorcycle “Yellow Jackets” On Harley Panheads!

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.

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In the 1950’s, traffic fatalities were on the rise as drag racing became prevalent among teens across the nation.  Many police departments formed special units to help curb this trend and motorcycles were a logical choice for patrolman needing a fast and maneuverable vehicle.  These police squads were often just called Traffic Enforcement or Motorcycle Units, but some cities chose more colorful names, like the Pittsburgh Hot Rod Squad. More on Tennessee State Police Motorcycle “Yellow Jackets” On Harley Panheads!

Filed under Classic Harley History, History, Panhead Jim's Blog by PanheadJim

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January 3, 2014

Selling My 1949 Harley Dual-Carb Panhead Bobber

I’ve had it for more than a decade after building this Harley Panhead bobber from swap meet parts. I’d ridden it a lot years ago, but not so much recently.

1949 custom dual-carb Harley bobber Panhead

So I mentioned on Facebook that I’d consider selling it “for the right price.” This was a first for me, but I had a buyer within a few hours and payment in a few days.

I wish I could keep all my motorcycles, but that’s not realistic. I love classic motorcycles and have to thin the herd occasionally to make room and to pay for the additions to the family. Because I do not ride this Harley Panhead enough to justify keeping it, I am selling it to someone, out West, who I hope will ride it more than I have in the last few years.

Dual-carb Panhead bobber in the snow

Here are a couple of photos of the old Panhead in the snow in front of the American Iron Magazine offices in Connecticut. The truck is waiting off-camera to take it to the new owner. The way I see it, my selling this Panhead  gives my some space in the garage and cash to do other classic motorcycle projects. And I know there will always be others I want to build, own and ride.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Custom Motorcycles, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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November 10, 2013

Classic 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead Ride Update – New Battery

A few months ago I made the mistake of pulling the good 6-volt battery out of my 1936 Harley Knucklehead and installing it in my 1948 Harley Panhead that had been sitting for more than a year without a battery. Yes, I got the Panhead sorted out and running strong, but at the cost of my beloved 1936 EL sitting, battery less, unused for months.

1936 classic Harley EL Knucklehead back on the road after sitting for too long with no battery

In the last few months I rode the Panhead to the Indian Larry block party in Brooklyn, NY, through New England on the American Iron Magazine Kickstart Classic and to my More on Classic 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead Ride Update – New Battery

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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