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
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Montoya Earns $2.4 Million for Winning 99th Indianapolis 500
Juan Pablo Montoya earned $2,449,055 from an overall purse of $13,397,315 for his victory Sunday, May 24, in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Montoya Wins Thrilling Indianapolis 500
Montoya, who won the race 15 years earlier in his first start, held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by .1046 of a second -- the fourth-closest finish in race history -- in a thrilling battle over the final 15 laps that also included pole sitter and 2008 race winner Scott Dixon. Five of the 37 lead changes occurred in those 15 laps following a restart, with Montoya overtaking Dixon in Turn 1 for second place and Power in Turn 4 to lead Lap 197 by .0420 of a second.
Read More
Charlie Kimball
 
Kimball Surprises as Ganassi's Top Fighter in '500'
Kimball had never finished better than eighth in four previous Indy 500 starts, but when Dixon faltered late due to an understeer, the door was open for third place. Kimball took advantage of Dixon lifting off the throttle with two laps to go.
Read More
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Fifteen Years Later, Montoya's The Man Again at Indianapolis
A second Indianapolis 500 victory revealed how much Juan Pablo Montoya has changed in 15 years between memorable triumphs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Juan Montoya
 
Montoya Wins 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
Juan Pablo Montoya drove his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory Sunday in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,939
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
@GBlinebury @IndyCar @jdouglas4 its on our YouTube channel.
about 9 hours ago