1927 HD TT road racer, the only in the world?
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.
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.
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!
All photos in this article copyright Manuel Parra 2011