Feature Bike Friday #15 — 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

The grandfather of the American motorcycle -- the 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead at Wheels Through Time

Perhaps the most sought-after Harley-Davidson model ever produced — the 1936 Model EL.  Dubbed the grandfather of the modern motorcycle, 1936 Knucklehead’s influence extends right up to the modern day.

At the time, the new machine was more than revolutionary.  The model EL featured HD’s first production overhead valve engine, with a displacement of 61 cubic inches.  A full recirculating oil system was also newly introduced, providing for a powerful and nearly maintenance-free operation.  The bike was said to develop close to 40 HP and was the first Harley capable of speeds up to 100 mph right off the showroom floor.

This model was restored in the mid 1990s by Dale, and is finished in beautiful Maroon and Nile Green paint — an option for 1936!

Wes Scott

Dale met Wes Scott and his wife Jacqueline here at the museum 5 years ago and realized he had the same passion for motorcycles. Wes collects and works on British motorcycles including Triumph, Norton and BSA.  Wes runs Wes Scott Cycles Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his wife, son and two daughters.

Wes Scott started working as a motorcycle mechanic at Broward Motorsport, a large Triumph dealership in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in March 1966, where he learned to work on Triumphs, BSA’s, Nortons and other fine British made motorcycles. Wes continued to work full time at this Triumph shop for eleven years, during which time he went to Florida Atlantic University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Ocean Engineering.

In 1978, Wes began to re-pursue his passion for motorcycles by opening a small repair shop in Oakland Park, where he performed service on British bikes for some of his former customers. This was only to be a small part-time operation, at first, as Wes was working full time as an engineer. As time went along, this small part-time business grew larger, until it reached a point where it became a full time business.

Wes has over 44 years of experience with the repair of British Motorcycles and has attended various factory training schools sponsored by Triumph, Norton, Ducati, and Moto Guzzi.

The Wes Scott Cycles team is carrying on the fine tradition of servicing and restoring British bikes for a large number of customers located in the South Florida area, and elsewhere throughout parts of the USA. Wes Scott Cycles has been "on-line" since 2001 to better service our local and long distance customers needs.

For more information, please visit: www.wesscottcycles.com

Feature Bike Friday #14 — The Maggie Marvel

The Maggie Marvel 1/2 mile dirt-tracker at Wheels Through Time

Wheels Through Time participates in various types of racing at numerous events around the country.  One of my personal favorite types of racing is 1/2 mile dirt-track competition.  I’ve been watching my dad and his friends make laps at AMCA events for as long as I can remember.  A few years back, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore, and built up a racer of my own to take part in the fun.

This 1920’s dirt-track racer features specially built half-mile chassis, and in the photo, it is wrapped around a 1924 Harley 74" hopped up JD engine.  Currently, the bike has a much more powerful 1926 FHAC twin cam factory racing engine, and is being raced this evening in Wauseon, Ohio. 

Keep an eye out for pictures and race results!

Feature Bike Friday #13 — 1918 Harley-Davidson WWI Sidecar Rig

With America’s entry into WWI, the country’s motorcycle manufacturers turned toward military production.  Harley, Indian, and Excelsior each produced their most reliable machines in numbers for the Army and Navy.  This 1918 Harley-Davidson Sidecar rig is preserved in original condition, and features 61" IOE engine, and HD built side-hack. 

In 2008, WTT was invited to participate in the Presidential Inuaguration Parade with the machine for a reenactment of the Army’s 1919 Motor Convoy on the Lincoln Highway.  The purpose of the convoy was to show the world the mobility of the US Army through various forms of tranportation.  Two Harley-Davidson’s identical to this machine were on the convoy.

Feature Bike Friday #12 — The Big Valve X

By the 1915, the Excelsior Motorcycle Company in Chicago, IL was producing racing machines capable of speeds greater than 100 miles per hour.  Riders such as Carl Goudy, Bob Perry, and Jake De Rosier championed the Chicago-based firms top machines to countless major victories on the national scale, helping Excelsior to secure its position in the "Big Three" in motorcycle manufacturing.

This 1916 Big-Valve X is preserved in as-raced condition and features special paint job with a bird on the gas tank in the shape of an "X".  The bike contains 61 cubic inch "Big-Valve" racing engine, no brakes and no clutch.  It is run occasionally and is on permanent display in the museum’s board track racing exhibit.