Harley-Davidson EL: history, specs, pictures

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Nineteen forty nine was a milestone year for Harley-Davidson. It was the second year of production for the new Panhead V-Twin engine and the first year for a new front end, the legendary Hydra Glide. The 1949 EL was also one of the last 61 c.i. engines Harley-Davidson would produce.

  • Engine Type V-Twin
  • Cylinders Two
  • Displacement 61 cubic inches
  • Bore & Stroke 3.3"x3.5"
  • Carburetor Linkert
  • Ignition Battery & Coil
  • Transmission 4-speed
  • Forks Hydra Glide
  • Brakes Drum. front & rear
  • Tire Size F 5.00x16,-R 5.00x16
  • Manufacturer Harley-Davidson

1936[edit | edit source]

1936 Harley Davidson EL

1939[edit | edit source]

1939 Harley Davidson EL

1941[edit | edit source]

1941 Harley Davidson EL

1947[edit | edit source]

1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in Red
1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in Red
1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in Red
1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in Red
1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in Red
1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in Red

1950[edit | edit source]

1950 Harley Davidson EL

Harley-Davidson EL
Production 1948 - 1952
Class Road
v2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 88.9mm x 83.8mm
Fuel System carburetor
Transmission Gear box: 3-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: mulitplate, dry
Suspension Front: spring forks
Rear: hardtail
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Front Tire 5.00-16
Rear Tire 5.00-16
Wheelbase 59.49 inches (1511 mm)
Weight 551.16 pounds (250.0 Kg) (dry),
Oil Capacity 1.0 Gallon (3.80 Liters)
Fuel Capacity 3.75 Gallon (14.19 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

The Harley-Davidson EL was a v2, four-stroke Road motorcycle produced by Harley-Davidson between 1948 and 1952.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a air cooled v2, four-stroke. A 88.9mm bore x 83.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 999.7 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 3-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the mulitplate, dry.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 5.00-16 front tire and a 5.00-16 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake) in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a spring forks while the rear was equipped with a hardtail. The EL was fitted with a 3.75 Gallon (14.19 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 551.16 pounds (250.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 59.49 inches (1511 mm) long.

In Media[edit | edit source]