1949 Harley-Davidson EL
Engine no. 49EL9585
Here's an EL Panhead originally sold new by Pierce Harley-Davidson, rigged by its owner for cold-weather riding in the Illinois area. Besides the copbike-style windshield, he fitted a pair of hand-warmer covers to the handlebar ends. Clearly intent on going places while carrying a passenger and cargo, he also installed a leather dual saddle and oversize saddlebags, both equipped with enough fringe and studs to do Roy Rogers proud.
The 1949 Pan was the first Harley model fitted with the Hydra-Glide telescopic fork, which brought an improved ride and more modern styling to Milwaukee's lineup. Also present for the first time were fuller fenders unbroken by seams or chrome strips, a shape still seen today in Harley's Softail and Touring models. As with many of the Pierce collection machines, authentic period accessories abound. Here we have a dual crossover exhaust system with raised S-bend muffler tips. In the rear are showy chromed rails with so-called "cabbage slicer" slats in between.
- Please note that this motorcycle is titled under its engine number and its title is in transit.