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Any Harley experts out there?

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by mid77, May 11, 2008.

  1. Hello all, I came across this photo not too long ago of my grandfather taken in the Dandenong Ranges riding his Harley:

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    Can anyone give me more specific information on the bike? I think it was taken in the early 1930's but can't be certain. The bike itself looks to have a gear shifter (I think) sticking up beside the tank and the headlamp looks to have a seperate tank to itself (kerosene perhaps?). Any help would be much appreciated...

    Cheers

    Mid
     
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  2. 1929 JD perhaps, or possibly a 1933 VE. Just going off pics in a book here, no knowledge of 'em, sorry :)
     
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  3. That's definitely a JD model - 1926. The container underneath the headlamp isn't a tank, its a tool box (that type and style of toolbox started being made in 1925).
     
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  4. Thanks a lot for that guys, now wouldn't it be nice if I could find that bike :wink:
     
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  5. It'd be your retirement fund!
     
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  6. Is he wearing a saftey driza-bone?

    Cool bike tho.
     
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  7. Yeah, just found a 1929 JD frame with a front wheel and a fuel tank attached for $15000US. Might have to pass on getting one, until that is I win the lottery.
    Personally I love the leather helmet complete with the WW1 aviator goggles. I'm sure they would have made all the Ferntree Gully ladies weak at the knees :wink:
     
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  8. Agree.

    I also love me Harleys :wink:
     
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  9. My brother is current restoring a 1926 HD which has the same
    gear stick shifter next to the tank & clutch pedal :)
     
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  10. Thats a cool old photo :cool: .

    Notice the front numberplate ,looks like it would slice you in half if it hit you. :shock:
    That plate would be worth abit also. :wink:
     
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  11. I guess guys back then didn't mind front number plates when it was a good incentive for pedestrians to stay the hell out of your way :twisted:

    :wink:
     
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  12. I asked someone who should know, and they think it a post 1930 bike (due to the front brake that was not introduced until this time) and that it possible a side valve single... hope that helps.
     
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  13. That's such a cool photo, mid77. I'd say your Grandfather would have caused quite a stir :cool:

    Would you mind if I copied and printed it off to show my Dad, he loves to reminisce about his old bike days.

    Here he is on his old Excelsior...circa 1940's, I think.

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  14. Thanks Fuzzy, go for you life printing it out - no copywright here. Compliments on your fathers taste in bikes, looks very cool.
    Thanks for that Ned. Think I may need to see if I can get some rego records for that bike to confirm what exactly it is. It wouldn't surprise me if it was a bit of a bodged bike (there are stories of him doing some crazy stuff with cars) so that could be throwing the scent off...
     
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  15. Not according to the HD encyclopedia it isn't. And its most definitely a 1200cc V-twin, not a single. FWIW from 1931 onwards the sub-headlamp mounted tool box was not cylindrical but was oval in shape and the bell mouthed klaxon horn you see in this pic was replaced with a disc type with a chromed grille. The J (J, JD, JH) series also had a fairly distinctive looking lower brace on the front mudguard. Happy to be proven wrong but the bike in this photo is identical to the pictured 1926 model in the encyclopedia :)
     
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