1955 Harley-Davidson KHK

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The Harley-Davidson 1955 KHK 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 38 b.h.p. The displacement was 55 cu. in based upon a bore and stroke of 2.75" X 4.56". Fuel was supplied via a single 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 95 m.p.h. Production figures totalled 449 bikes.

According to the museum's fact sheet "The new 45 cu. inch K model, introduced in 1952, was Harleys import fighter. While closer to the British twins in size and style, it still lacked power. In 1954 the KH version introduced with a longer stroke giving 55 cu.in. This version is a Super Sports Solo, also known as KHK, with special cams and polished cylinder heads. The K series was discontinued in 1956, replaced by the overhead valve Sportster."

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