Harley-Davidson K-Model

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Harley-Davidson K-Model (1952-1956)

In the fifties, British motorcycles gaining popularity in the American Needing to offer a motorcycle was lighter and faster than 1200cc Big-Twin bike, introduced the sporty K-Model.

The K-series engine was based on the end of Harley’s 750cc side-valve Using the same 2-3/4 with a 3-13/16 …, measured 45 cubic-inches. Compression was 6.5 to 1. Cylinder heads were and finned to aid cooling. To save and space, the K series transmission was inside the rear of the engine with a primary chain to connect the crankshaft to a dry clutch.

cases were not new for motorcycles. bikes such as the Vincent Shadow had previously used design.

While the Big-Twin Harleys ran a transmission operated by a left-hand and foot-clutch, the K-model’s four were shifted by the operator’s foot with a left-hand lever. Gear-shift and drive-chain on the right-hand side, with on the left. This was done to in flat-track racing, and was opposite of the Big-Twin Harleys were

Clearly the best handling V-twin yet, the K-model’s forks were hydraulic, a swingarm and twin shock used in the rear. This was the time a civilian motorcycle by Harley-Davidson used hydraulic on both wheels.

With a producing 30-horsepower on a bike 400 pounds, first-year models not much faster than 600-pound Big-Twin bikes. For H-D introduced the KK-model, which hotter cams and factory porting. Production total for the K and KK-models was 3,693.

Also this year, the KR-model started it’s and successful 16 years of production.

KH and KHK

In 1954, the K was replaced by the larger-engine Looking for inexpensive ways to power, Harley engineers engine displacement from to 883cc. This was achieved by engine … from to 4-9/16.

Cylinder jugs made slightly taller to the new dimensions. Power was further by redesigned ports and bigger valves. To handle the extra the flywheel was redesigned and clutch from five disc to Now producing 38 horsepower, top speed on a KH was 95 mph.

The performance KHK-model featured cams and polished ports.

Anniversary KH-Model

In the Fall of Harley-Davidson celebrated its 50th in business. To commemorate this 1954 models displayed medallions on the front fenders. Why the and not the 1953 models were for the special editions is curious.

anniversary models would off 1903 as the first year of

Golden Anniversary KH’s and were available in Pepper Glacier Blue, Forest Daytona Ivory, or Anniversary If a customer so chose, gas tanks be ordered in one color and fenders in

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In 1955, a frame redesign a lower seating position and front fork tubes, improving handling and giving the a sharper profile. To resolve caused by the increased engine the rear wheel hub and spoke were increased in size. A change from 1954 saw engine cases having a allowing access to the transmission having to split the cases.


Now offered in an array of the K-Model was a sharp-looking bike. The tail-lamps were replaced by modern units from the Harleys.

Frame and suspension helped handling, but when to the OHV 500cc British Twins of the the K still lacked power. the engine size to 54 cubic-inches had helped, but weight had also up.

1956 also brought a redesign which had the engine lower in the frame, and the backbone the rear cylinder flattened. of a taller overhead-valve motor was

Although a four-year run may seem in the Motor Company’s 100 year-plus a change from flathead to OHV in 1957 turned the K-model Harley’s most successful motorcycle of all time, the Sportster.

Presley’s Bike

Elvis was a motorcycle enthusiast, and in his lifetime a number of Harley-Davidsons. As a young Elvis’ first Harley was a Pepper-Red KH-model. Presley this motorcycle from Harley-Davidson in January of 1956.

In May of that year, he appeared on the of the Motor Company’s official called ‘The Enthusiast’.

Harley-Davidson XRTT750 Sportster TT
Harley-Davidson XRTT750 Sportster TT
Harley-Davidson XRTT750 Sportster TT
Harley-Davidson XRTT750 Sportster TT


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