110 years of heritage at Motorcycle Live

Oxford (15 November 2013) - Visitors to this year’s Motorcycle Live can experience 110 years of Harley-Davidson by getting up close and personal to some of the iconic motorcycles that inspired a generation of cool, custom machines.
1912 X8A – Silent Gray Fellow

Today, Harley® exclusively reveals some of the vintage motorcycles which will be on display at the show!

The 1912 X8A – Silent Gray Fellow with F-Head single-cylinder and 30 cubic-inch motor will feature in the line-up. This motorcycle is single-speed with drive via a leather belt on an adjustable tensioner. The hand operated exhaust port device enabled silent running in town but could be 'opened' up for performance motoring out of town, hence 'Silent Gray Fellow'.

1942 WL-A750

The 1942 WL750 with 45 cubic-inch, side-valve engine was based on a very early design but came to the fore in 1939 when the American government stepped up troop mobilisation with the WLA model. Not that the WL750 was built purely for military use, it was also a good machine for road riders of all genre and was also used in the famous Servi-Car. Supremely robust and reliable, Harley-Davidson built over 80,000 WL models for the Allied war effort. Power output was around 23HP, delivered to the rear wheel by a 3-speed drive and chain final drive.

The 1947 EL (Knucklehead) remains one of the rarer and truly desirable motorcycles due to its relatively short production span of 12 years (1936-1947) – production was concentrated on the sidevalve WL models. This 1947 EL is seen by many experts as a very balanced and smooth performer and featured a new handshift four-speed transmission and foot operated clutch.

Also on display is the 1977 XLCR – Café Racer, which was a radical departure from other cruisers and was conceived and designed by Willie G Davidson. The engine is a 1000cc unit with overhead valves, four-speed gearbox, iron barrels and heads. Externally the XLCR was an eye-opener: disc brakes all round, XR styled rear seat unit, Siamese exhausts and bikini fairing.

All machines have been kindly loaned by Warr’s Harley-Davidson of London, Company Collection and will make up just some of the vintage motorcycles on display.

To discover 110 years of Harley-Davidson and to see the motorcycles on display at Motorcycle Live, visit Hall 4. To book tickets, visit: