1925 Harley-Davidson JD
Engine no. 25JDCB15894
In 1925, Harley-Davidson was at the cross roads of their evolution, a change from the spindly looking earlier machines to the lines of modern motorcycles. A new frame lowered the rider by three inches, lowering the center of gravity and improving the handling and balance of the motorcycle. A drop forged crucible incorporated into the lower frame protected the engine from rocks and stiffened the chassis. The motorcyclist was provided with a comfortable ride from the roomy form fitting leather saddle supported by long spring posts that extended from the seat to the bottom of the frame. The familiar Sager forks had improved ride with auxiliary buffer springs while the handlebars had a new more comfortable bend that would allow the rider hours of riding without discomfort.
This Harley-Davidson JDCB has a 74 cubic inch V-twin engine with pushrod activated overhead valves and iron-alloy pistons. This model came from the factory complete with a three-speed sliding gear transmission, single unit ignition, including a 6-volt generator, battery, a manual ignition switch with audible warning alarm, tail light, a two-bulb headlight, and a Klaxon horn, all for $335 at the factory.
From the collection of noted stunt rider and collector of American motorcycles, Bud Ekins, this 1925 Harley-Davidson JD is an older restoration of a complete motorcycle. The motorcycle is in sound condition and bears no scars of misuse over the years. The 1925 model Harley-Davidson is especially appealing as it wears slimmer fenders and gas tanks compared to models following this year. All the while, the new owner will have the advantage of a rather modern operating motorcycle to enjoy on today's roads. The hard-to-find electrical system is intact making this acquisition a relatively easy restoration. Refinished in Harley-Davidson's Olive Green highlighted with broad maroon striping edged in black with gold center pin striping, this motorcycle can be an exquisite showpiece.