Harley Davidson 1931 VL 1200cc 2 cyl sv  2810

Harley Davidson 1931 VL 1200cc 2 cyl sv 2810

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Harley davidson  1931  “V”  1208 cc side valve V-twin   engine #31VL3684

In 1930 the Model “V” came on the market to replace the F-head models J and JD.
The model “V” was a medium compression model, the “VL” was its high-compression brother, designed for sidecar and package truck use.
The Big Twin produced some 30 HP and it   was the top of the line for Harley-Davidson customers in the 30s.
In 1936 the heavier VLH , 80 cu inch ( 1340 cc) came on the market.
That machine produced 34 HP   and weighed 247 kg.
Some of the  new features for the  1931 model year were the “Sunburst Face” horn, constant mesh starter and cadmium-plated clutch and brake pedals.
Approximately 6,850  Big Twins were produced in 1931; it was more popular than the  750 cc model D, of which some 2,550 were produced.
1931 was a tough year for the company; sales were so low that the factory ran at about 10% of its total capacity.
This machine is a nice older restoration .