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Harley Davidson EL from «Motorworld by V.Sheynov» collection
Harley Davidson U from «Motorworld by V.Sheynov» collection
Among the Harley-Davidson motorcycles with a 1,311 cc L-head engine, the 1937 UH model was one of the first to undergo design changes: deeper cooling fins, vertically arranged crankcase cover, circulating lubricating system, 4-speed gearbox and Linkert carburettor. It was a medium compression motorcycle that looked like the 1936 EL model with its double tubes frame, curved oil tank, drop-shaped dashboard (consisting of speedometer, ammeter, oil pressure gauge, ignition indicator and light switching block) and skirted fenders.
The UH model was used by U.S. police and not only as a personal vehicle. Until the mid-1940s, police officers were allowed to use personal motorcycles on duty, and at their own expenses to purchase police paraphernalia — siren, special lights, etc. Motorcycles were an ideal means of transportation in urban environment due to their manoeuvrability, high efficiency and power.
There is a single case of Harley-Davidson UH being delivered to the US Army (contract number QM-9043, registration number USA 65446). The model was supplemented by an RCA radio station, probably in order to check out a possibility of using motorcycles for communications purposes. However, the availability of Jeep ended this experiment.
Within five years, 698 copies of UH model were produced.
|Manufacturer||Harley-Davidson Motors Co., Milwaukee (Wisconsin, USA)|
|Years of manufacture||1937 – 1941|
|Quantity produced, units||698|
|Today’s value||6 706 $|
|ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION|
|Type||Twin-cylinder, V-type, air-cooled|
|Engine capacity, cc||1311|
|Bore and stroke, mm||87 х 108|
|Engine rating||39 h.p. at 4600 rpm|
|Clutch||Single plate, dry|
|FRAME AND WHEELBASE|
|Frame type||Duplex tubular|
|Wheel size||5,50 х 16|
|Ground clearance, mm||
|Seat height, mm||
|Gas tank size, l|
|Maximum speed, km/h||