With its 1936 EL line the Motor Company introduced the Knucklehead V-Twin, often considered the grandfather of modern Harley engines due to its overhead-valve set-up. It had a displacement of 61 cubic inches, or about 1000cc.
“I’m drawn to mid to late ’30s ELs,” says Jacqui Van Ham, documenter of the classic bike scene at The Vintage Advantage. For Jacqui, the early era of Knucks hearkens to the days when motorcycling was still a Gentlemen’s Sport, before it became a symbol of rebellion and freedom.
“Great lines, vivid colors, strong fluid shapes that reference Art Deco styles,” she explains. “These bikes are beautiful pieces of Americana, what I think of when I think ‘American Motorcycle.’”