1952 Harley-Davidson Model "K" Sport

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The Harley-Davidson 1952 Model K Sport motorcycle was made in the U.S.A. It featured an air-cooled, 45o V-twin four stroke engine. The ignition was from a battery and coil. The engine was rated at 30 h.p. The displacement was 45 cu. in (743cc) based upon a bore and stroke of 2.75" X 3.8". Fuel was supplied via a single 1 1/2" bore Linkert carburetor. Getting the power to the ground was by a four speed transmission. The suspension featured front telescopic forks with twin shocks in the rear. Drum brakes were on both the front and rear. The motorcycle weighed in at 400 pounds. Top speed for the bike was 80 m.p.h.

According to the museum's fact sheet "The 'K' model was introduced in 1952 and was designed to compete with the British imports. Foot shift, hand clutch and hydraulic damped suspension front and rear moved the flathead 45 closer to the competition. Even with these improvements more power was required before the K could run with the British vertical twins. Elvis Presley owned an identical model to this one."

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