This is a fitted 1949 Harley Davidson with a Shovelhead top end. The Hydra-Glide had a hydraulic telescoping fork. All new rebuild on motor and tranny. Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. You will receive what is pictured. This is a historically significant bike that was built during a booming and dominating time for H-D. But regardless of the rising value, this Hydra-Glide is a beautiful, historic motorcycle, fully capable of real-world road use, and a machine to enjoy with pride.
The original format continued to be offered as an option until 1978. Sits in a swingarm frame, has 16in Finch wheels,custom paint on sidecar and bike, fish tail pipes, and custom saddle bags and seat. The original 1949 tank uses a petcock on the side instead of the stock setup. Category - Engine - Posted Over 1 Month 1949 harley davidson panhead. The Knucklehead held a big time competitive advantage over the flathead Indians of that era.
Prefer local pick up or try getting a quote on Uship. Sold as is, Shipping is the buyers responsibility, I will not crate. The original battery box, oil tank, and tool box were also re-chromed. Outside of that, this 1949 Hydra-Glide has been tuned up to run nicely. They include the Westinghouse headlight and muffler, rear brake switch, and oil pressure sending unit. The frame was modified with dog-legged front down tubes instead of traditional straight legs used on the Knucklehead. This name would change twice in the history of the basic large-framed E and F series models, each time signaling an improvement in the bike's technology.
Although the batwing fairing was an easily removable option on early Electra Glides, it was not removable on later machines, as the instruments were moved from the fuel tank into the fairing. This was Harley-Davidson's first departure from its policy of using alphabetic lettering to identify its models. Harley-Davidson had plenty of experience building telescopic forks before adding them to its 1949 model range. An unusual stainless stell cover shaped in the form of the fishtail muffler was attached over the muffler in 1949 only. The handlebars, spot lights, rocker lids, and front fender ornament are likewise original. We had it running in 15 minutes and had it perfected by the end of the evening. On the Bottom case where the engine bolt slides through has a small chip out.
The motor is built to 80 c. The following Wednesday Miller was on the phone and wanted to know if he could bring the Harley over on Friday. Despite the fact that it was old technology, the upgrade was much appreciated by consumers. For 1949, the Panhead was fitted with the Hydra-Glide fork, with added styling changes that gave the bike a masculine gravity: deeper fenders, bigger fuel tanks, a one-piece handlebar and a headlamp cowl. New chains, sprockets, brakes and tires. The bike runs great, kick start or electronic ignition.
The new styling set the standard for Harley-Davidson touring bikes that persists to this day, and the Panhead was the ultimate touring machine well into the 1960s. This was Harley-Davidson's first departure from its policy of using alphabetic lettering to identify its models. But H-D never rested on its laurels, rolling out the Panhead and its hydraulically-adjusted valves in 1948. That includes the trim, luggage rack, oil tank, and taillight. No title, bill of sale only. The five piece fork trim covers, primary chain inspection cover, and clutch derby cover were all polished stainless steel.
Belly numbers are not matching. Every issue delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made! With Knucklehead prices going through the roof, can Panheads be far behind? Std bore cylinders, std bore stroker pistons, Andrews J grind cam. In addition to his expertise writing about , , , and , Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships. The company had built them under U. Bike starts up easy with upsweep pipes that sound sweet.
It was a great-looking 1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead, and I thought it was extremely cool. It also ushered in a new era for the American icon, one that would benefit riders for decades to come. A fork-mounted became available on Electra Glides in 1969. The first year of production was 1904. New polished stainless steel covers were used on the heads.