Harley Davidson VL With A Leather Kidney Belt

Posted on 22nd September 2009 by Electra Glide In Blue in Classic, Harley-Davidson, Old School - Tags: , , ,

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I don’t have any information on this one, but just looking at this vintage photo you can see what looks like a 1931 Harley Davidson VL motorcycle with a happy young man showing off a very nice studded leather kidney belt.

1931 HD VL

This is another one of those old Harley Davidson pictures I have received from Restoman.

This is a picture of his dad when he was in high school.

I don’t know about you, but I would have loved to have a motorcycle like this to ride to high school.

Produced from 1930 to 1936 the VL was the top of the line for Harley Davidson.

The specs:
• Engine Type V-Twin
• Cylinders Two
• Displacement 74 cubic inches
• Bore & Stroke 3.4″x4.0″
• Carburetor Linkert
• Ignition Battery & Coil
• Transmission 3-speed, with reverse
• Forks H-D spring fork
• Brakes Drum, front & rear
• Tire Size F 4.00×19,-R 4.00×19

Ride Safe.

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  2. You know, that isn’t such a weird idea. I know a couple of long distance riders that use the dock lifting belts. They tell me that it does wonders. I have not tried it myself yet…

    Cool pict and yah, that lad does look damned happy. I think I would look happier on that hog if I had it today.

    Comment by FLHX_Dave roadgritscafe.blogspot.com — September 23, 2009 @ 11:54 am

  3. Interesting photo of a VL. I notice that doesn’t look like a standard VL front fork. More like a 1920s “JD”-era what they called the “Castle Fork.” The springs are all enclosed in those two tubes rising up on each side of the headlight. Maybe the bike had a front end “whoops” before Restoman’s dad acquired it, or after, and it was repaired with what was available. Kind of neat!

    Comment by Sarge 37ul.com — September 29, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

  4. Being accustomed to the later 74 inch engines which had a bore and stroke of 3 7/16″ x 3 31/32′ I was forced to look up the VL spec thinking you had mis-stated them. According to Inside Harley Davidson by Jerry Hatfield, the VL bore and stroke was 3.423″ x 4″. It looks like you were correct (rounding off to 3.4), though it also states that the motor was “advertised” as 3 7/16′ bore. Interesting that they came up with an oddball size like 3.423; very close to 87mm, but not quite that either.

    Comment by St. Lee knuckleheadtheology.blogspot.com — September 30, 2009 @ 11:41 am

  5. Wow ..i bet the old days was cool..great pic.

    Comment by Harley Davidson Dealers harleydavidsondealers.org — October 29, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

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