black rubber tires.. You know your harleys old when its running "pre carbon" white tires..
F&F (factory and fanatics) believe that only 3 were built from 03 to 04..these were on the boys original bike frame.. things didn't get going in Milwaukee till Oli Evinrude (yep the boat guy) got involved and starting from 5 or 6 on they made the twin shown above.. even in those early days it was based on CC's.. guess cause the development was in Europe.. anyway these were 1K that were marketed as 61 cubic inch engines..
As the above has pedal start its probably from the early teens.. total loss oil system.. If you look at that beautiful tank has both oil and gas in it. You can see the two caps.. think this was forced as well as gravity. It looked pretty much the same all thru the twenties (JD's) to cool total loss system..it just ran out.. ha ha.. thinking of how environmentalists would like that today.. The 30 Harleys made a big deal about "recirculating" oil.. till then you filled up both at the local gas station..
Guessing the engine wasn't quite as "shiny" when new.. drooling.
probably 1917,at least the paint is,no front or rear brakes,chain drive,bobbed rear fender,single loop frame.
crazy kick stand, Jack. That's hotter than a whore house on dollar day. Why, it's the bee's knees.
Wow! What the hell was that? I guess the pic took me back a little. Like before my time. lol
of a fine bike
I really like that ride. But those handlebars would be a bitch to get used to.
old board track racers, the handlebars were practical.
Never had a chance to ride or work on one.. The early pocket valves were pretty much it up till the JD's twin cam. all of these were total loss oil systems. Pretty sure it was early thirties before they had a system that recirculated..All the old flat heads still had a divided tank tho.. gas on one side oil on the other.
The flat head era is my favorite (like thats a surprise) very little difference between the old flat heads that were available in 45, 74, and 80 (side car) and the modern sportsters.. look at the valve train.. same dedicated system.. one cam, one push rod, one valve.. course they changed from flat head to over head in 36 with the 61 knuck,. Not sure when the first 74 was.. pretty soon there after.. do know that the 45 flat head was made all the way into the 60's as the MC trike..Last of the big twin flat heads was in 48.. year i was born.. most guys born in 48 want a pan.. not me take a 74/80 flat head in a sec. I "think" i could still kick a flatie to as the compression is so low..
Told by those who rode them that the old 29 twin cam JD's would run along side of a modern evo.. Not sure how much of that is "anecdotal wishful thinking" but maybe. I know they were supposed to be super fast out of the box..