Harley-Davidson Presents A New Night Speedway Racer

By “hap” Jameson, Photography by Unknown

And now as to the family skeleton. Harley-Davidson is noted for backbone and the new racer is no exception. It must withstand track torture. For that reason the frame is made of Chrome Molybdenum heat treated. The result is a tough, springy and light frame. The frame members start at the fork crown and make a cradle support to the rear wheel brackets. The top bar tubes are also twin. All reinforcing is according to best track practices. The bar on the left side is an additional harizontal support. This bar is adjustable. The spring fork is simple and makes for better riding control. (Surely the oval kings are not looking for comfort.) The stretch is 52 ½ inches, just right to get along and there’s a steering damper to control the front end.

A highly polished, cast aluminum gas and oil tank makes the whole job stand out. Strong, light and durable, that’s just what the boys want. Do they look swell? Just like being wrapped in cellophane. Fuel capacity is two quarts, and for oil, one quart. Look what repeal has done.

Since cinder racing calls for all angles from up to down, the chain often divorces the rear cog. No departing here, the guarded sprocket “pulleys” the chain to the teeth for keeps. Both chains are special racing design. Chain construction eliminates “binding.” This will appeal to all the boys, for chain bind on ordinary chains is bad. The front chain is 5/16 inch by ½ inch pitch and the other one is ¼ inch x 5/8 inch pitch.

A compensating sprocket helps soften the jump and jerk. Something must give. This sprocket gives.

The standard gear ratio is 8.74 to 1. Other gear ratios from 8.33 to 1, and 9.17 to 1, may be obtained. Cogs for any kind o’ goin.’

This all-American fire wagon is Firestoned. And are they knobby? Square ones way down on the sides where useful. No sense in going abroad for rubber when we can get tires like these right here at home. They know their cinders. The construction is 100 percent in design and make-up.

Wheels are 28 inches in diameter. That seems to be standard.

The spokes are soldered at crossings. There are many “tricks” on this job learned from many years of successful racing machine make-up. It takes experience to build a racer that will win and stay together.

The whole job is dressed up like an Auto Show. Everything is spic and span. The big

2-inch exhaust pipe is chromed, the tank is polished-well, boys-”Ain’t she purty?”

She weighs 210 pounds stripped for action. 210 pounds of the finest machinery you ever saw.

The cost? Not much considering what you get. She lists at $465.00 F.O.B. Milwaukee. Here is the most racing sickle that 465 bucks ever bought. I paid nearly twice that for one back before Will Rogers discovered chewing gum. And it was “ported.” Should have been ex-ported.

Thousands of dollars went into the design and development of this new racer. It had to be right before it said “Howdy” to the public.

The factory is now putting the first batch through the racing department. Some of these have been sold. If you want one, order it from the first batch. The next batch will not come out ‘til later in the Spring. Hope you like it.

By “hap” Jameson
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