In The Kneeslider’s
carefully catalogued haphazardly strewn collection of hundreds of back issues of motorcycle magazines, lies a treasure trove of information. Many of those mags have post-it notes sticking out from the pages with a small note about some interesting content on a particular topic, something I thought might be worth investigating in more detail. I got an email from Bob Horn pointing to some Moko framed Harley Davidsons and I remembered making a note on just that topic some time back and, sure enough, there was my tag in the September ’93 issue of Motorcyclist next to a couple of photos showing an earlier attempt at housing the V-twins in something a bit sportier than the usual Harley Davidson frames. This might be interesting, given our recent coverage of Curt Winter’s projects.
When I looked around before, I found the Moko frame website but all they have are inline fours in their gallery of images and I dropped my digging at that point, the links Bob supplied show several Harley powered bikes, one was almost identical to the example I marked in Motorcyclist (the blue one above).
We can endlessly debate the idea of using Harley Davidson power in a sport bike and a few of the other posts here have resulted in exactly that, but the REAL point is you can do it if you want, certainly no reason not to and some top notch frame builders have come up with nice alternatives to standard cruiser frames for the HD engine. Variety is good, I like it.
Thanks for the links, Bob!