1940 Harley-Davidson 80ci Flathead ULH Sport Solo

1940 Harley-Davidson 80ci Flathead ULH Sport Solo

Introduced as a replacement for the two-cam ‘pocket valve’ J-type, the model U’s predecessor, the Model V, was a far heftier machine and required extensive reworking of the engine to produce the power needed for a sporty motorcycle. A larger crankcase accommodating heavier flywheels did the trick and, its problems solved, the V series ‘flat head’ twins went on to win the hearts of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts everywhere. Revised with the frame, tank and wheels of the 61ci overhead-valve ‘Knucklehead’, plus dry-sump lubrication, the V became the Model U for 1938.

The motorcycle offered

The high compression model ULH offered here hails from a California car collector with an eye for American two-wheeled machinery. He purchased the bike in 2007, used it minimally and kept it on display amongst the classic Shelby Mustang and Cobra collection. Restored by marque expert Paul Whitehead into a bar-hopping Bobber-style with shortened fenders and custom accoutrements. Paul’s mods include:

  • 1940 front fender accessory trim
  • EA horn cover
  • VL fork shroud
  • Tail gunner mini lights
  • Wagner front and rear hubcaps, made in Los Angeles in 1940
  • NOS wiring harness
  • 1947 blue/white cable wrap
  • Stewart Warner car pedals for foot clutch
  • Rocket air cleaner
  • 1945 military floorboards
  • 1950 finned exhaust covers from Indian
  • Military kicker pedal
  • 1930 Burgess-style exhaust
  • 1940/41 Indian Chief fender trim
  • Crocker taillight
  • Ford radiator caps for gas caps

This lovely period bobber presents exceptionally well and is certainly a great addition to any collection.