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1956 Harley Model KH Street Tracker

John Landstrom of Blue Moon Cycle, Inc. from Norcross, Georgia , United States made available these photos of his amazing 1956 Harley Model KH True Bobber.

John: "Here is another bike From the Blue Moon Cycle collection. She's a 1956 KH, she might be considered a Bobber but I would call her a "Street Tracker", as you know the Harley KR dominated American flat track racing in the 1950's and 60's.

The KR was Harley's dirt-track and road-racing weapon for nearly two decades. Introduced in 1953, it replaced the WR racebike line. From 1954, when Joe Leonard won his first title, through 1962, KR Harleys won the Grand National Championship every year."

Photo of 1956 Harley Model KH Flathead True Bobber Street Tracker by John.

John: "This bike is a tribute to the mighty KR. Light and torquey, she is fun on the street and great for wheelies!"

Image of 1956 KH model Harley 54 cubic inch 883cc Flathead Vintage Bobber by John Landstrom.

With her Spartan looks, John's KH is a True Bobber in the sense that she was created simply by removing components that do not contribute to speed or performance without any further major modifications, additions, or flashy paint job.

While not really Bobber-like, those skinny passenger pegs are forgiven. I'd say they were just an excuse for John to mount that cute little pillion which we suspect is there only to protect the jewels when laying flat on the bike trying to break the local speed record on the highway...      (Well, I mean, that's what I used to do... ;o)

Photo of 1956 Harley Model KH Flathead True Bobber Street Tracker by John.

Image of 1956 KH model Harley 54 cubic inch 883cc Flathead Vintage Bobber by John Landstrom.

Harley KH Flathead Engine

Photo of 1956 Harley Model KH Flathead True Bobber Street Tracker by John.

John: "The KH has a long stroke (4.56 inches), she features Morris magneto ignition, KR cams, modified Linkert carb with extended float bowl and a KR road racing rear brake.

Image of 1956 KH model Harley 54 cubic inch 883cc Flathead Vintage Bobber by John Landstrom. The HD Model KH has a 54 cubic inch (883cc) engine, a size that has a long tradition in Harley Davidson engine design. The 883cc came back in the first series of HD Ironhead Sportster Engines (1957 - 1972) and was also honoured in today's "883" Evo series of Sportsters.

Photo of 1956 Harley Model KH Flathead True Bobber Street Tracker by John.

Actually, John is a BMW motorcycle guru. (Nothing to worry about, shit happens in the best of families... ;o)

His company Blue Moon Cycle specializes in classic and vintage BMW motorcycles. For some real cool old school stuff, check out his website:


Click to go to Blue Moon Cycle

Blue Moon Cycle, Inc.
752 West Peachtree Street
Norcross, GA 30071

(February 2010)

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