1918 Harley Davidson Motorcyke

1918 Harley Davidson Motorcyke

This 1918 Harley Davidson “Motorcyke” bicycle was fully restored by Dave Stromberger of Dave’s Vintage Bicycles. To see the restoration process from the beginning and read about the details regarding this bike, check out the following articles: Restoration of a … Continue reading

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 9: Finishing the Bike

HD-being assembled

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! The final assembly of a restoration is always fun. It’s the time that you get to see all your hard work pay off. It’s the time that you get to see those … Continue reading

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 8: Restoring the Pedals

HD-pedals restored

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! With many vintage bicycle restoration projects, the pedals aren’t too big of an issue. With earlier bikes however, they can be a challenge. This Harley Davidson is no exception. The pedals, while … Continue reading

1916 Indian Motobike

1916 Indian - right side

This 1916 Indian bicycle, owned by Marc Pfisterer is the most deluxe model that was offered by the company, and is in very good original condition for it’s age. Officially called the “Electrically Equipped” model No. 12, by Indian. Manufactured … Continue reading

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 7: Wheels and Tires

HD - rear wheel finished

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! The wheels on bicycles from this era are often a big challenge. The rims were typically made of a single piece of hardwood that was bent into a hoop and finger-joined together. … Continue reading

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 6: Pinstripes and Decal

Motorcyke Decal

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! One of the most rewarding parts of a restoration, is the detail work that really brings the bike alive. The Harley Davidson bicycle has a lot of pinstripes that add interesting detail … Continue reading

1910′s Sears Chief – photograph

Sears Chief Bicycle photograph

This original photograph from the mid 1910′s to 1920′s shows a young man posing with his Sears Chief bicycle. The kid looks like he has some attitude, and why shouldn’t he? He has a top of the line Sears Chief! … Continue reading

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 5: Nickel Plating

Nickel plated parts, fresh from the chrome shop

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! Just back from the plating shop!  The shiny parts came out shiny, and they look great! Spokane Metal Finishing did the job for me, and I’m happy with the results.   One … Continue reading

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 4: Handlebars

Handlebars ready for nickel plate

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! The handlebars for the Harley Davidson Motorcyke, as this model is called, may look like ordinary cross-braced handlebars from that era, but they are actually a bit special and difficult to find … Continue reading