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 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:
This lovely period bobber presents exceptionally well and is certainly a great addition to any collection.
Engine no. 40ULH1951
Location: Los Angeles, California