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1941 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead

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Jerry Mitchell
1941 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead

I’ve owned ‘Chuck’ my 1941 61EL Knucklehead since the early seventies and know its history back to the early sixties when it came over from Belgium. Mostly stock OEM parts, some motor parts date even earlier to the late 1930s! Hopefully subtly modded to traditional old school bobber style – well, my take on it anyhow! Runs an enclosed belt primary with a 4-speed footshift conversion done way back for more practical riding and I happen to like the look of a mousetrap too. All my own blood, sweat and tears from component level rebuild through assembly, everything except paint, plating and wheel lacing, some of the chroming was also done back in the seventies. Tinware is as close to period correct Flight Red as I could get – courtesy of a British Leyland colour, no less. I like the look of upswept pipes/fishtails, but even with mutes it’s pretty LOUD – but we know what they say about loud pipes…

GK Says

Beautiful bike Jerry... must get it in the magazine.

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