This remarkable looking machine was built by Harlan Ramey in 1916 in Ames, Iowa. It’s based on a 1913 Harley Davidson and it appears to have a front sled added for steering and a small wooden sled added to the rear so he could carry a lady in style.
The Harley Sportster is one of my favourite motorcycles, people are sometimes surprised to hear that but the humble Sportster really is fantastic.
Sadly I don’t have the name of the lady in the picture, we discovered that she was the first woman issued with a motorcycle license in Washington DC all the way back in 1937.
Walt Siegl is one of the finest custom motorcycle builders in the world today, we’ve covered his work in the past with features on the MotoBee, the Riviera Ducati SS, the WS Sport Classic and the FX Roadster.
This bike, a cafe racer called “Motobee” was built by Walt in 2010, it’s based on a 1983 Harley-Davidson Sportster but as with all Siegl builds, not much of the original bike remains.
Sadly we don’t have any backstory on this fantastic photo, the scene itself speaks a thousand words and kind of makes you want to climb onto an Ironhead and rumble off into the sunset.
It’s not everyday that we come across a motorcycle like Old Black, she was built by the highly respected LC Fabrications, a garage we’ve featured before with their stunning Triumph TT Deluxe Cafe Racer.
I love seeing people build Harley-Davidsons like this. You see there was a time, many years ago, when Harley-Davidson was famous for building the fastest motorcycles in America.
What we’re looking at here is a Buell/Harley Sportster 1200cc V-Twin with a unique motorcycle fabricated around it, for want of a better word it’s a supermoto bike…
This photograph was taken minutes before an accident, the rider’s name is Matt Weidman and this picture was taken of him setting the fastest lap of the day on his GCR/White’s Harley-Davidson…
This is exactly the sort of motor sports event we need more of, although it might be a good idea to institute some sort of helmet rule as mid-50’s housewife headscarves generally don’t come with DOT certification.
The Rossmeyer Flyer was built by Jesse Rooke for Bruce Rossmeyer, a very well-known Harley-Davidson dealership owner, the bike itself is a classic Rooke design with elements of board-tracker, chopper and cruiser all integrated without any one element overpowering the design.