Dealers were encouraged to not put emphasis on the new OHV models and not order them for demonstration models, but the 1936 EL model later became one of the most popular and iconic motorcycles in H-D history.
The EL model had a number of new features that the other 1936 models did not. It had an overhead valve engine, which greatly increased its horsepower. The EL model’s engine was cradled in a double loop, truss frame and topped with a welded teardrop gas tank. The top of the gas tank featured a teardrop shaped instrument cluster with integrated speedometer and gauges. It also featured a new hand-shift, four speed transmission housed under the new sleek wrap around oil tank, which was part of the first oil circulation system Harley-Davidson offered. The new features were very popular and most were featured on all of the 1937 models.