1961 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide

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The Harley-Davidson 1961 FL Duo-Glide 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 60 b.h.p. at 5,400 r.p.m. The displacement was 74 cu. in based upon a bore and stroke of 3.44" X 3.97". 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. Braking was provided by front mechanical drums while the rear had hydraulic drums. The motorcycle weighed in at 690 pounds. Top speed for the bike was 97 m.p.h.

According to the museum's fact sheet "Informally known as the "pan-head" due to the distinctive shape of the valve covers, this model was introduced in 1948, and was possibly the first production motorcycle to use hydraulic valve lifters. The list of options available for this model was quite overwhelming, so virtually no two were alike. What you see represented here is the basic model. The last pahnead was built in 1966 after 18 years of production, superceded by the "shovel-head" that would be produced for another 18 years."

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