Harley Davidson 1935 “VD” 1217 cc side valve V-twin combination frame # 35118 engine # 35VD3143
In 1930 the Model “V” came on the market to replace the F-head models J and JD. In the beginning there were serious problems with the design but once these were ironed out the new model gained a good reputation both as a solo mount and as a sidecar puller. The “V” range was produced till 1936 in capacities of 1217 and 1293 cc and the machines were available with many specification details. The model range comprised no less than 23 variations, ranging from the VC “low compression commercial, nickel iron pistons” that turned out 25hp@4000rpm to the VLD “high compression, Dow metal pistons” that was good for 36hp@4500rpm.
The machine we present is the VD with the configuration “medium compression, aluminium alloy pistons”. The VD was offered from 1934 till 1936, had a compression ratio of 4.0:1 and delivered 28hp@4000 rpm. Maximum speed was some 125 km/hour. Some of the new features for the 1935 model year were the new toolbox position at the rear right hand side of the frame and the large fishtail exhaust silencer. There was also a new range of two-tone colour schemes to choose from for this year. Not more than 585 VDs were produced in 1935. (Source: Mathias Gerst, “Harley Davidson, all the motorcycles 1903-1983”.)
This elegant, indestructible giant was in the possession of the former owner for fifty years. He reluctantly parted with the combination because of his advancing age. The combination proved to be a reliable means of transport during many trips and travels through Europe and has been well-maintained. The engine is running, but since the combination hasn’t been used for a while some TLC may do no harm. She comes with reverse gear and current Dutch registration.