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1947 Harley Knucklehead Chopper

"Hawg" from Excello, Missouri, United States made available these photos of his 1947 Harley Knucklehead Chopper motorcycle.

Hawg gave us the following specifications of this Harley chopper:

FRAME: Hardtail frame made by the Machine Shop in CA. 15 degree rake and rear fender rolled from 1/4 inch plate steel and welded/molded into the frame.
SPRINGER: 15 over Smith Bros. and Fetrow. Very few of these were made. (Around 400 as Hawg was told by a friend who researched it)
CONTROLS: All controls are from Performance Machine.
HANDLE BARS: Hand made bars and risers.
PAINT: Painted by Bad Boyz Cycle in Billings Montana.
PLATING: All chrome and gold plating done by Classic Plating in Billings also. Everything was plated except the transmission case. It did not need it at the time.
BOLTS, NUTS etc: most of the bolts nuts etc are polished stainless Steel.

Photo of 1947 Harley Knucklehead Chopper by Hawg. WHEELS: 5 spoke mags (square)
REAR TIRE: 510x 16 inch
FRONT TIRE: 350 X 17 inch


Photo of 1947 Harley Knucklehead Chopper by Hawg. ENGINE: Built by Stucky's in Kansas City back in the mid 70's. Panhead cylinders with the top flange milled off and one head bolt relocated in each head. (panhead cylinders were all that was available back then.) Andrews cam. Everything else is stock in the lower end. Stock oil pump and Linkert Carb.
TRANSMISSION: Andrews 1st and 2nd gears installed. Aftermarket kicker cover. Ratchet lid. All chrome. Phase 3 - 3 inch belt drive with hand made aluminum guard.
ELECTRICAL: 12 volt generator with electronic reg.


Photo of 1947 Harley Knucklehead Chopper by Hawg.


Photo of 1947 Harley Knucklehead Chopper by Hawg.


(September 2008)