News & Multimedia

Cycle World Rolling Concours Entries: 1954 Harley-Davidson Model KH

Note: This is the third of a series of owner comments about their vintage and classic motorcycles participating in the Cycle World Rolling Concours presented by BikeBandit.com during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Participants join the Cycle World staff on a ride from the track to a private lunch Saturday, Aug. 18 before riding back to the Speedway for judging. Bikes must complete the entire ride to be eligible for trophies in a variety of classes, as this unique event celebrates both form and function. The beautiful machines of the Rolling Concours also will be on display Friday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19 in the Pagoda Plaza at IMS.

For more information on the Cycle World Rolling Conours - Click Here!


MY BIKE: CYCLE WORLD ROLLING CONCOURS
Dan Drexel, 1954 Harley-Davidson Model KH


I’m Dan Drexel, from Rochester N.Y. The bike that I will be riding in this year’s Cycle World Rolling Concours is a 1954 Harley Model K. I bought this bike as a basket case eight years ago. It only had one cylinder, no tranny gears, no intake and some sadly cracked heads. You could actually see the indentations of a piston ring in the combustion area of the head, from where it did the “big bang” years ago.

I always loved the look of the K-model heads. And the sound of the old flathead that a neighbor had when I was a kid, back in the early '60s, made me jump at the opportunity to rescue this one from the back of a garage.

It took about four years to get all the parts to make it run. But it wasn't running right. So the motor came back apart and was reconstructed by Dave Larson at Topeka (Kan.) Harley-Davidson. It was worth the trip out west. It’s now a pleasure to ride, reliable, easy to kick over, and it moves down the road faster than I should be going.

Most of the K-models were 750cc motors. This is one of the more rare ones, actually a KH, at 900cc. The cylinders have been resleeved. The heads have been reworked by FLO Headworks, the mag was rebuilt at the Morris Factory. Jim Lienwebber personally did the cam regrind, truly an honor for me. The modified CV carb makes it more fun to live with. Progressive springs and shocks and an original-style, sprung seat, increase the good karma my old back receives when we go for a putt.

An interesting thing about this bike: The front and rear rims are powder-coated white instead of replacing the old rusty ones with new chrome or aluminum rims. Why, you ask? Because when I first brought home the rolling chassis, I noticed that both wheels were 19-inch! Not 18 rear and 19 front, like all the other K's were, as most Sportsters still are.

Looking inside the rims, I discovered a part number, ending in a "-R," indicating that they were original Harley KR rims, (the flat-track racing version of the K-model).

What a find, to actually find a good pair that weren’t all banked up and bent! This fact, and a headlight shroud that was cut down to a 2-inch strip below the dash /key panel, make it a good bet that this bike started life as a KR and ended its career the night it suffered the 1-inch gash in the front lower fork tube that went clean thru to the plunger.

That’s about it. See you at Indy!
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Cycle World Rolling Concours Entries: 1954 Harley-Davidson Model KH
 
Cycle World Rolling Concours Entries: 1954 Harley-Davidson Model KH
Note: This is the third of a series of owner comments about their vintage and classic motorcycles participating in the Cycle World Rolling Concours presented by BikeBandit.com during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Participants join the Cycle World staff on a ride from the track to a private lunch Saturday, Aug. 18 before riding back to the Speedway for judging. Bikes must complete the entire ride to be eligible for trophies in a variety of classes, as this unique event celebrates both form and function. The beautiful machines of the Rolling Concours also will be on display Friday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19 in the Pagoda Plaza at IMS.
Read More
Related Media
Matt Kenseth
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Kenseth Maintains JGR Hot Streak at Michigan
The Coors Light polesitter for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Kenseth quickly exhibited his mastery of the high-drag aerodynamic package, leading 146 of 200 laps in winning for the third time this season, the third time at Michigan and the 34th time in his career.
Read More
Victory Podium
 
Marquez Makes it Three Straight at Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Two-time defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez passed Jorge Lorenzo in the closing laps to notch his third consecutive title at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Marquez Wins 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP
The 22-year-old Spaniard won for the third consecutive time in MotoGP and fifth time overall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, passing Jorge Lorenzo with three laps to go in the 27-lap main event and holding on for the win by .688 of a second in the No. 93 Repsol Honda.
Read More
Ben Spies
 
Ben Spies Q&A: It's One of the Most Important Weekends
Ben Spies is a three time AMA Superbike Champion, former WorldSBK Champion (2009) and a MotoGP™ race winner (Assen 2011) whose career was ended by injury in 2013. Spies chatted to motogp.com ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix to give us his unique insights into his ‘home’ Grand Prix:
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Marquez Back On Top in Third Practice for Red Bull Indianapolis GP
The Spaniard put his No. 93 Repsol Honda atop the speed chart for the first time in Saturday morning practice, clocking a lap of 1 minute, 32.392 seconds around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 16-turn, 2.591-mile road course. It was the fastest lap of the weekend.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 531
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
.@12WillPower looks to retain @IndyCar title Sunday at Sonoma despite heavy heart #GoProGP - http://t.co/Dz5hoiHZ3m http://t.co/0CfIPyo1CD
about 16 hours ago