1947 Harley-Davidson FL
Engine no. 47FL3631
The value of many of the bikes in Wayne Pierce's collection is that they have been preserved in their "as-ridden" state, not restored to 100% perfection, so they give us an insight into the real history of motorcycling in America, a reality not wholly represented by showroom-correct concours restorations. That real-world individualization is evident on this 1947 Knucklehead, wearing bright orange paint with tastefully applied pinstriping around its tank badges.
Chrome-plating was a popular and at the time relatively inexpensive way to customize a bike, so here we see the treatment applied to the FL's springer forks, brake drums, oil tank, crash bars, primary cover, speedometer binnacle, and even the rear prop stand. Popular period accessories include handlebar risers, a light bar with twin driving lamps and a rear luggage rack.
- Please note that this motorcycle is titled under its engine number and its title is in transit.