By 1920, HD was the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer – with dealerships in 67 countries. One of their featured bikes at the time was the 1000cc Harley-Davidson JD, which became the first motorcycle to ever win a race with an average speed of over 100 mph in 1921, on a board track in Fresno, California. Here’s an example that has no racing pretensions, but it’s got an impressive history in its own right.
This example (VIN: 28JD6213) was with the original owner for over 9 decades, only becoming part of James Cousens’ Cedar Crossing Collection in the last couple of years. It was restored by Rick’s Restorations in Las Vegas, Nevada though the listing does not make it clear if the work was performed before or after this JD changed hands.
Regardless, the sale includes tons of history, with previous registrations, license plates, personal letters, and documentation from new. It also has old advertisements and photos of the 1928 H-D brochure, plus a picture of the original owner on this bike with his wife and kids. What a history!
Find this JD for sale in Clarkston, Michigan with a BIN of $85,000 here on eBay.