Harley-Davidson 1932 model R 750 cc side valve V-twin frame# 32 1060 engine # 32 R 1309
The company introduced the side valve concept for the V-twins for the 1929 model year when the 45 ci model D was introduced.
A year later the F head big twin was replaced by the side valve 74 ci model V.
The model D was sometimes referred to as the “three cylinder Harley “, because of the remarkable vertical position of the dynamo.
For the 1932 model year a redesigned 750 was marketed as the Model R. It differed in many respects from the previous model.
To name a few: new cylinders, flywheels and conrods, crankcases, cam gears and oil pump.
There were many more detail changes in the engine.
The cycle parts had also been redesigned in many ways.
Unfortunately sales were very slow in 1932 due to the worldwide economic depression. No more than about 1,300 model R bikes were sold that year.
This machine is an older restoration complete with Corbin speedometer and it is remarkable correct in detail: note the 7 inch John Brown Motolamp headlight with flat diffusing lens which was only fitted in 1932.