1929 Harley Davidson J Model
Updated: Apr 27
This 1929 Harley Davidson J model was the very last year sporting all the advancements picked up in the models 14 year run. Cosmetic differences for a '29 model were the solar twin headlights which ran between '29 and '30 on all Harley Davidson models. In 1930, Harley Davidson moved to the side valve engine that Indian have been running successfully since 1916. These engines were much easier to service and made more power. Harley were forced to follow suit. This particular bike here is one of 2886 made in 1929 and is an absolute rare find in this condition and color combination.
At the end of WW1, Harley Davidson found itself in a great position. The devastation of the war virtually ended all motorcycle production in Europe and this allowed Harley Davidson to step right in and fill the void.
The J model first appeared in 1915 but it wasn't until 1920 that Harley Davidson found itself in first place in the race of the three American motorcycle manufacturers. The J model was an all purpose motorcycle capable of all uses from basic transportation to professional racing, and was responsible for securing Harley Davidson's place in motorcycling.