Motorworld’s newspaper № 5

Series U of Harley-Davidson motorcycles launched in 1937 (which superceded Series V) consisted of six models: U, US and UL with 1213 cc displacement as well as UH, USH and ULH with 1311 cc displacement. During the 12 year production period the Series U motorcycles were improved and modernized many times.

Harley Davidson EL from «Motorworld by V.Sheynov» collection

Harley Davidson U from «Motorworld by V.Sheynov» collection

Of the Harley-Davidson’s L-head motorcycles with 1311 cc displacement 1937 Model UH was one of the first where changes in the design were undertaken: deeper cooling fins, vertically arranged crankcase cover plate, circulation oil system, 4-speed gearbox and a Linkert carburettor. This was a motorcycle with a medium compression system, that on the outside looked pretty much like the 1936 Model EL, with its frame having duplex lower tubes, with the curved oil reservoir, drop-shape instrument panel (incorporating the speedometer, amperemeter, oil gauge, ignition indicator and light switching block) and with skirted fenders.

American policemen used Model UH and not only as their personal transportation means. Until the mid-1940s police officers were allowed to use personal motorcycles while being in service. And every officer was obliged to buy at own cost the attributes of the police—the siren, special lights, etc. Motorcycles were an ideal transportation means in the city due to their manoeuvrability, high effectiveness and power.

Harley-Davidson UH

There is only one known case of delivering Model U Harley-Davidson to the US Army (contract number QM-9043, registratrion number USA 65446). This model was supplemented with an RCA radio station, probably in order to check out a possibility of using motorcycles for providing communications services. Jeep availability, however, put an end to this experiment.
698 model UH motorcycles were produced during the five years of production.

Manufacturer Harley-Davidson Motors Co., Milwaukee (Wisconsin, USA)
Years of manufacture 1937 – 1941
Quantity produced, units 698
Price 415 $
Today’s value 6 706 $
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
Sparking Battery
Carburetor Linkert
Battery 6 V
Clutch Single plate, dry
Transmission 4-speed
Frame type Duplex tubular
Front suspension Springer
Rear suspension Rigid
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size 5,50 х 16
Length, mm
2 400
Width, mm
1 800
Height, mm
1 100
Wheelbase, mm
1 500
Ground clearance, mm
Seat height, mm
Mass, kg
Gas tank size, l
Maximum speed, km/h
Range, km

* – Data from the results of the measurement of the “Motorworld by V.Sheyanov” exhibit.