1. 1916 Harley-Davidson factory racer.|
Upon a machine like this 1915-style racer, Otto Walker began H-D’s emergence as the dominant force in American motorcycle racing. Walker’s celebrated victories at the Venice, California 300-mile road race and at the 4th of July Dodge City race were the first of many nationally important triumphs. This machine features an entirely original chassis, unique to the racer model, along with the special racing “M” motor developed and perfected by William Ottaway. In addition to the major components of this machine, the small details are of the period and correct, from the original equipment Wright mica sparkplugs to the original Firestone racing tires. This motorcycle is the only complete, all original example of this rare model known.
Installed: April 12, 1997|
Revised: October 13, 2003