Take part in the restoration of a one of a kind 1933 Harley-Davidson VL motorcycle. Then follow along as Panhead Jim rides it from coast to coast across the US.
Raleigh, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/01/2013 -- Drawing inspiration from motorcyclists who rode cross country in the 1930's, Panhead Jim plans to rebuild a 1933 Harley-Davidson VL, ship it to the west coast and ride it back across the country on US Route 50. Another rider will join him on his 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD, but that will be the extent of the support crew. There will not be any chase trucks or other support personnel. They'll be left with just the tools/parts they can carry, their wits and hopefully a bit of luck.
In 1933, the US was still struggling through the Great Depression and Harley-Davidson felt it's effects just like every company in the country. Yet they forged ahead, coming out with the new V-series motorcycles three years earlier in 1930. These V-series models were known for their dependability and speed, with the 1933 VLE setting an American production motorcycle speed record of 104 mph. This may not sound likely, but Jim actually has some video footage shot by the California Highway Patrol of VL's riding at 100 mph during some testing in 1935.
Panhead Jim is the author of a popular blog called Riding Vintage (www.ridingvintage.com). Jim has been riding and working on motorcycles for the last 18 years and is also a licensed welder and machinist, so he has the skills necessary to build this motorcycle. Even so, he realizes that there is an art to these old motorcycles and instead of learning by trial and error; he has enlisted the help of one of the top names in V-series motorcycle restoration in the US. As a veteran V-series restorer, he knows where to find all the necessary parts and who to send them to for refurbishment. With his help, Jim has already purchased a set of 1933 VL cases which will serve as the basis for this build.
After careful calculations, Jim has determined that the minimum cost of purchasing all the necessary parts and assembling a bare bones 1933 VL will be about $15,000. In comparison, a full restoration would be on the order of $30,000. That leaves room for a lot of improvements and upgrades that could be made with additional funding.
Sponsors of the project will have exclusive access to the restoration of the motorcycle. This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: October 13, 2013 - December 12, 2013 (11:59pm PT).
Indiegogo Page: http://bit.ly/HkVZ4h
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