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Old 06-15-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Need help identifying a bike...

Hey, I need help identifying this bike. They guy on it is my step fathers biological dad. He was killed in an automobile accident before my stepfather was born. We were looking at photo's today, and we were trying to decide what the bike is...



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Old 06-15-2014, 10:04 PM   #2
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It looks like a 1949-1957 Harley Davidson FL.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:11 AM   #3
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Supposing that the bike hasn't been heavily altered (it appears to be about 95% original), you are looking at a Nineteen Forty-nine or a Nineteen Fifty "Panhead" -

could be either EL or FL model (61 or 74 cubic inch).
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:10 AM   #4
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:30 PM   #5
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What I find most fascinating about this site is that it has such an assortment of people who are eager to share their vacuous "knowledge". There are plenty of threads which are based on a question - and almost all of the responses they get are totally useless. All kinds of guys are ready to say, "Gee, I dunno - maybe it's this? Or maybe it's that???" - which isn't helping anybody at all.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=983348



To narrow it down as far as the year goes: that tank emblem was used from 1947 thru 1950, but the telescopic forks came out in 1949.

What is not original? That trim on top of the front fender was an accessory item... the tank-mounted shift lever and gate are missing, and there is a clutch lever on the handlebars, indicating footshift - which was not a factory option until 1952, though aftermarket versions existed. The outer primary cover, oil tank and rear chain guard came painted black from the factory, but these appear to match the gas tanks and fenders... the front rim seems to have had the same treatment. So that machine has definitely seen a few wrenches applied to it, and there's really no telling what other sort of alterations it went thru. That could be a 1947 Knucklehead with a front end and fenders from a '49 Pan for all we can tell.



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Old 06-16-2014, 05:52 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody... especially Gator Jane. I'll share this with my stepfather. I'm sure he will love knowing more about his father.

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Old 06-17-2014, 09:30 PM   #7
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