1917 Harley Davidson BICYCLE

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Harley Davidson









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Bakersfield, CA



I heard about Motoauct from a friend of mine and decided to contact them about selling my very rare Harley Davidson bicycle. I know Motoauct is a site for motorcycles but the guys there got really excited when they heard about the opportunity of listing such a rare and unique piece of history. Harley Davidson launched a line of bicycles in 1917 in hopes of recruiting customers for its motorcycles. The bicycles were manufactured for 4 years (1917-1921) by the Davis Sewing Machine Company for Harley Davidson in Dayton, Ohio. I was fortunate to purchase this 1917 Harley Davidson bicycle in 1984 from a friend who had a small collection of them. When I purchased it, it came complete. The handle bars were damaged and bent beyond repair so I found some NOS handle bars that I had re-chromed. The seat was in poor shape but I found a period correct seat to replace it, as well as some NOS fenders to complete the bike back to a correct state. The original spokes and nipples on the wheels were badly rusted. I spent 3 months locating the extra long nipples that are required because of the wooden rims and I used stainless steel spokes. I was able to locate some NOS tires, that are loose at the moment but would have been glued to the rims. I had the entire bicycle stripped and painted. I had the bars, seat post, and chain sprocket re-chromed. The grips would have been leather, but instead, I added some really cool wooden grips.


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