Harley-Davidson EL: history, specs, pictures
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
|Production||1948 - 1952|
|Bore / Stroke||88.9mm x 83.8mm|
|Transmission||Gear box: 3-speed
Final Drive: chain
|Suspension||Front: spring forks
|Brakes||Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
|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)|
The bike has a 3-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the mulitplate, dry.
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.