Harley-Davidson 1929 model DL 742 cc side valve V-twin frame # 5385 engine # 29DL6278
At the end of the twenties the HD sales people realized it was high time to do something about the gap in the HD model range between the light single and the 1000 cc twin. Indian was very successful with their upgraded 750 cc Scout so HD ought to offer a model in that segment too. In August 1928 the 750 model D was introduced, the first side valve V-twin to be produced by the Milwaukee make. It was offered as a “D” with a low 4.3 : 1 compression ratio, or a “DL” with a 5:1 compression that gave 18.5 HP. Top of the range was the DLD which got 20 HP @ 4000 rpm with a ratio of 6.0 : 1. Standard paint finish was olive green with maroon striping with a centre gold stripe. Handlebars and wheel rims were finished in black. Potential buyers could choose though from a range of new colours: black, maroon, grey, blue cream and coach green, all at extra cost. In 1929 in all 6856 750 cc models were sold, the 1000cc models were still more popular with around 13,000 machines being produced.
To rationalize production, the new engine was placed in the frame of the 500cc model “C” single. This model had a straight down tube which necessitated a rather remarkable positioning of the dynamo: vertically just in front of the front cylinder. Hence the bike’s nickname: the three cylinder Harley. The twin bullet headlights are another special feature of the early 750 cc model.
More detailed info on the model D can be found on a dedicated homepage: http://www.dl45homepage.com/www.dl45homepage.com
The machine we present here is a well-sorted older restoration that comes with current registration and Corbin speedometer.