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This 1913 Harley Davidson Model 9E is said to have been found intact on an Iowa farm some five years ago, rather than pieced together from various pieces of different bikes as is frequently the case for similar machines. As the seller points out, these very early V-twins are less common than remaining singles, and this one appears to be largely complete and restorable, too. Its engine is seized but soaking, and may yet come unstuck–fortunately timing gears look well preserved under the new, reproduction cover plate, and rust sounds to be limited to a corner of the tank. Find it here on eBay in Brick, New Jersey with reserve not met. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.
Though the bike wears a consistent patina all over and its original paint is long gone, it does appear to be largely complete with few pieces missing, and from what can be seen here, the frame looks pretty good too. The year before this bike was built HD introduced the sprung seat fitted here, which would continue to be used on hardtail V-twins well into the late 50’s.
These were relatively large, expensive machines, and were reportedly capable of 50 MPH. Note the bicycle like arrangement used for starting, as well as one of two new G&J reproduction tires.
Though seized, the 61 cubic inch (just under 500cc per cylinder) V-twin is still a lovely looking piece, with intricate, high quality castings and many eye-catching details. The reproduction timing cover fits in well here, and fortunately these early twins’ simplicity should mean that many worn and irreplaceable parts might be replicated on a lathe or CNC mill–expensive work, but worth it for something this special.
Removal of said new cover reveals precision manufactured gears that look to be in great condition for being over 100 years old–a little cleaning and lubing and they should be re-usable. The seller notes a rust hole in one corner of the tank that will need to be repaired, however.
These are striking bikes when done up properly, and even coated in a thick layer of surface rust this one is still seriously compelling. Restored to running condition and with original colors, it could be a stunner.