1936 harley davidson




1936 harley davidson

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  • Jan 16, That record would stand for a mere 48 hours, as just two days later a rival auction house had sold a fully restored Harley-Davidson EL for.

    Following the successful “J” models, the first Harley-Davidson “VL's” appeared But keep in mind that the landmark OHV twin also hit in , the 61 cubic inch.

    The Harley-Davidson EL motorcycle introduced the famous Knucklehead engine to the Harley line. See pictures and learn more about the Harley EL.

    1936 harley davidson

    1936 harley davidson

    See more motorcycle pictures. Standard two-tone paint combinations were Sherwood green with cream, teak red with black, dusk gray with royal blue, Venetian blue with Croydon cream, and maroon with Nile green. No one is exactly sure how many exist and are still in running condition. Yet up until the last minute, it was uncertain whether Harley would release the bike for sale.

    1936 harley davidson

    1936 harley davidson

    1936 harley davidson

    1936 harley davidson

    1936 harley davidson

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    Yet up until the last minute, it was uncertain whether Harley would release the bike for sale. The experimental models were unmarked, and testers were instructed to stay away from towns and dealerships.

    The point of all this secrecy was to keep the rumor mill down. The motorcycle world was very small, and even without the Internet or cheap, long-distance telephones, rumors would spread from one end of the country to another faster than a Twentieth Century Limited locomotive.

    1936 harley davidson

    In the case of the Knucklehead, the secrecy had an additional purpose: For , Harley-Davidson introduced an inlet-over-exhaust big twin to replace its aging sidevalve setup. Unfortunately, the new VL twins had multiple problems, resulting in a general recall and warranty replacement of expensive parts. Even with the repairs, the sidevalve engines were not as fast or reliable as desired, so Harley started looking for a replacement.

    Although most contemporary motorcycles including Harleys ran total-loss systems lubricating oil was pumped through the engine and either burned or pumped out , recirculating oiling systems were being used in cars and in the top-of-the-line 4-cylinder motorcycles. A recirculating oil system added a little weight, but it increased performance and engine longevity.

    1936 harley davidson

    Archrival Indian was developing a dry-sump oil in separate tank recirculating lubrication system for its sidevalve twins, but the bike Harley was working on had a dry-sump oil system and overhead valves. At the time, most motorcycles sold had sidevalve engines. Given the technology of the day and the developing state of metallurgy, not to mention the not-great oil, the easiest way to design a reliable, clean-running motorcycle was to put the intake valve next to the exhaust valve in a valve pocket, actuated by cam-driven lifters in the engine case.

    Fast and efficient overhead valve and overhead cam engines were certainly being designed and built, but most were intended for racing, where oily top ends, valve clatter and short intervals between major rebuilds were perfectly acceptable as long as the rider ended up on the podium. If Harley could make the new design fast and reliable reliability being key , it would have a major leg up over Indian. By , the Depression was affecting businesses all over America.

    Harley sales, almost 24, bikes in , had decreased to 7, motorcycles over the model year. A major problem for Harley was the loss of its overseas markets, due to bad economic conditions worldwide and high tariffs put in place by countries trying to protect their home manufacturing. Harley slashed worker hours, laid people off and entered into a licensing arrangement with its Japanese affiliates, Alfred Rich Child and the Sankyo family. Harley agreed to furnish blueprints for its sidevalve motorcycles, and show the Sankyo family how to run a modern motorcycle factory.

    1936 harley davidson

    Harley-Davidson hit the bottom in , with sales down to about 3, bikes. However, the overhead valve project continued to move along. The first parts for the new model were cast around Labor Day, and bikes were assembled and turned over to testers.

    They discovered the top end leaked — a lot. As originally designed, the new model had no return oil lines. Even so, through and most of , Harley engineers stuck to the no-valve-enclosure system.

    1936 Harley Davidson VLH // Revival Daily No. 2



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