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1927 HD TT road racer, the only in the world?

August 20, 2011
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My friend Manuel in Madrid has been sending me photos of his latest project over the last few months.  As he and his team at Cometa Restauraciones do several bikes per year, he wasn’t having any trouble with the work on the bike, but couldn’t find much information about this model of Harley Davidson.  It is a single cylinder race bike, but not a Peashooter.  After looking through 50 books, Manuel found a page in one of Jerry Hatfield’s books.

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Manuel’s bike appeared to be a sister bike to the one in Jerry’s book, with motor 27S508, dated to 1927 as opposed the 28 of the bike in the book.  The same cast-in intake manifold was present, and the right hand clutch and special frame layout.  Manuel’s bike was found in Barcelona Spain, where it had been raced in the old days, then ridden daily in the 1950s after a previous owner had fitted a dynamo, headlight and taillight.  But the special frame and the original gas tank  and wheels were still there, hidden under a coating of brushed black paint, and they gave a hint to the rarity of the bike.

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After speaking with a lot guys who know HD history, Manuel thinks this may be the only bike of its type that exists today.  If you have any additional information or comments, please click the comment link below and I can forward notes to him.  Manuel has continued his work on the bike, rebuilding and polishing items as needed, then painted and plated everything.  His photos show an excellent and exciting bike, now ready for the next phase of its history.  Thank you for sharing this with us Manuel!

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A closeup of that photo from Jerry’s book shows the similarities to Manuel’s bike above.Harley 3

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All photos in this article copyright Manuel Parra 2011

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2011 4:49 am

    It makes me think of a Ducati 250 scrambler. Fun! Thanks, Paul

  2. August 21, 2011 6:17 am

    I wonder why he didn’t replace the missing seat post, that goofy bracket can’t be stock…Mike

    • August 21, 2011 9:55 pm

      I’m not sure. The other bike had the same setup. I wonder if HD did it to save weight? Or if the builders/racers did it?

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 22, 2011 6:35 am

    Looking at it I’d say it was to move the seat back and down in a lightweight manner. Very nice. Thanks Pete.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    August 26, 2011 11:06 am

    This bike was on ebay a while back. It is nicely done, but the number boss on case is a dead giveaway that it’s not real, and has been messed with. For a racer, the beginning prefix is wrong, the boss is too tall and square, and many of the parts on it are wrong. I’m not saying it’s not nice, just that it should not be represented the way it is… It’s a racer-ized BA.

    • August 26, 2011 4:23 pm

      thanks for the info, I’ll forward it to Manuel. Can you send me your name and email if he wants to get in touch with you?

  5. August 27, 2011 10:01 am

    Manuel sent me a note explaining that the bike is not a BA, but was built as a racer for export to Spain. He has talked with Bill Rodencal and Daniel Statnekov, and they had the opinion that it was original and correct, with the tank and frame being distinctly special and matching the numbers on the crankcases. Personally, I don’t know these bikes, but I do respect Bill and Daniel’s knowledge. And that number pad on the crankcase seems to have the same porosity bubbles and holes, etc that the rest of the crankcase casting has. But who knows, anything is possible.

  6. Mike p permalink
    August 27, 2011 11:31 am

    Hey now thats cool

  7. Jim Abbott permalink
    August 28, 2011 8:19 pm

    Mr Parra is to be complimented on his photo-documentation! A picture may not be worth a thousand words but to us word challenged older guys they sure help with the visualization. Thanks for a great set of photos.
    Jim A., Tucson, AZ

  8. November 27, 2013 11:01 pm

    OMG. My kingdom for a youtube.com of this thing running. Thanks again, Paul V Long Beach, California

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