1926 Harley-Davidson 74ci Model JD Bobber
Improvements in engineering and design came thick and fast in the first quarter-decade of the motorcycle industry with engines becoming increasingly powerful, forcing chassis design, braking, suspension, and general ergonomics to keep up. Harley-Davidson took a leap in the right direction for 1925 with a redesigned frame and handlebar architecture to lower the center of gravity and add leverage. Now, with wider tires on wider wheels, the ride and handling were massively improved.
For the ’25 lineup, the flagship was the JD model. At its heart was the company’s 74ci V-twin, surrounded by a lightweight cycle-parts package and featured the art-deco inspired gas tank with trademark cutouts on the right side to clear the motor’s valvegear. Popular for both solo and sidecar work, the JD quickly became a best-seller in the private and police sectors.
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This 1926 Harley-Davidson JD was rebuilt and restored by the late George Hood in the cut down or Bobber style popular, particularly among returning ex-servicemen, during the period immediately after WW2. A famed restorer in his own right, and certainly an expert in the antique Harley and Indian world, George was also known for his expertise in Crocker motorcycles. He built this machine as an homage to Bob Ross’ famous twin-cam JD Bobber.
Owned by a California collector, the bike has been on static display amongst a fine collection of classic Shelby Mustangs and Cobras since purchase in 2010. In excellent condition throughout the older finishes have maintained great luster and have stood the test of time, testament to the quality of the original build. In need of very minor re-commissioning, the bike is bound to be an exciting addition to any collection and a blast to ride to boot.