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1949 Harley WL Flathead Bobber

Willy from Carson City, Nevada, United States made available these photos of his great classic 1949 Harley WL Flathead Bobber.

Willy: "I seen yer page on the net today and thought I'd share a couple of pics of my 1949 WL. I bought this thing back in December 2007 as a runnin' basket case and tore it all apart and started over. She may not be the hottest thing on two wheels but I'm furly proud of my work."

Well, Willy, you sure can be proud. She's just beautiful. I don't know many guys who wouldn't like to take your Bobber for a ride up and down the strip!

Photo of 1949 WL Harley Flathead Oldschool bike by Willy.


Photo of 1949 Harley WL Flathead Oldschool motorbike by Willy.


Photo of 1949 WL Harley Oldschool Flathead motorcycle by Willy. The WL Flathead engine has 45 cubic inch capacity and roughly 30hp. While not exactly a racing engine, the Flathead is quite reliable and represents one of Harley Davidson's most successful engine designs, if only for the fact that production of the several variations of the 45ci Flathead stretched over forty four years: from 1929 until 1973!


Photo of 1949 Harley WL Flathead Oldschool motorbike by Willy. One of the trademarks of the 45 cubic inch WL engine is the secondary chain on the right side of the bike, just like the later K Sports and XL Sportsters had! All other Harley Flatheads have the secondary chain on the left hand side of the bike, like all big twins.


Photo of 1949 WL Harley Oldschool Flathead motorcycle by Willy.


Photo of 1949 Harley WL Flathead Oldschool motorbike by Willy. Close up of Willy's 45 cubic inch capacity Harley Flathead engine. Note the clutch lever!


(October 2008)


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