1930 Harley-Davidson VL Motorcycle with Sidecar

Our 1930 Harley-Davidson VL and complimentary sidecar, finished in traditional army olive with striking vermillion pin-striping, was discovered in a garage in Peru.

  • Harley-Davidson introduced its 1207cc, side-valve, V-twin engine V-series models in 1930: the V and VL featured a battery and coil ignition, and the VM and VML with magneto ignition
  • Unfortunately, the new side-valve engine was plagued with issues and the problems required the replacement of valves, springs, pistons, and flywheels
  • Production was halted for months while the necessary dismantling and retrofitting was carried out, with the dealers who supplied the bikes to their customers forced to absorb the costs
  • In all, more than 1300 bikes had to be completely rebuilt
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