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1936 Harley EL Knucklehead

Larry from Mount Sterling, Kentucky, United States made available these photos of his beautiful 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead, which is a true classic motorcycle, restored to museum quality.

Larry: "This 1936 Knucklehead is the early version, VIN 36EL1059, the 60th one built. This bike has all the correct early parts including cam cover, early transmission with correct kicker cover and top and also has the small main shaft. The only thing that is not correct on this bike is the seat, however I am using it because it is the one that came with the bike."

And Larry should know a thing or two about 36's, since he built 12 of them!

Enjoy these pictures, pure eye candy!

Photo of 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead by Larry. In 1936, the Harley Davidson Motor Company introduced the EL model motorcycle with the 61 OHV engine which a bit later on came to be known as the "Knucklehead". This Over Head Valve V twin had a displacement of 61 cubic inches, or 1000cc.


Photo of 1936 Harley Davidson EL Knuckle Head by Larry.


Photo of 1936 HD EL Model Knucklehead by Larry.

Photo of 1936 Harley Davidson EL Knuckle Head by Larry. The earliest batch of Harley EL's did not yet have the pronounced rocker shaft end nuts. Nevertheless, the rocker covers of Larry's 1936 EL still clearly resemble the knuckles of a closed fist.


Photo of 1936 Harley Model EL Knucklehead by Larry.

Photo of 1936 Harley Davidson EL Knuckle Head by Larry.


Photo of 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead by Larry.


Photo of 1936 Harley Davidson Model EL Knucklehead by Larry.


(October 2008)