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

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

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

My Dads 1951 Western Flyer Super – by Brad Tierney

1951 Western Flyer Super 2

First off, let me just say that I had remembered hearing about dad’s bike when I was a kid. It was hard for me to grasp the concept of a bicycle having all of the things dad told us about … 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

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 3: Plating Small Parts

Nickel plated small parts

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! Prior to the introduction of chrome plating in 1928, polished nickel was the plating of choice to both beautify and protect metal parts. How do you tell the difference between the two? … Continue reading

Restoration of a 1918 Harley Davidson Bicycle – Part 2: Paint

Harley Davidson paint detail

Haven’t read part one yet? Check it out first! One of the biggest jobs of this restoration is the paint. The paint job on an antique Harley Davidson bicycle may look pretty simple from a distance, but up close you’ll … Continue reading