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Motorcycle: Overhead Valve Twins
Date: Sunday, October 31 @ 14:51:35 UTC
Topic: Motorcycle, Motorcycles, Motor Cycle


Overhead-valve Twins Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead - these familiar names represent almost half a century of Milwaukee overhead-valve twins and many motorcyclists' idea of the quintessential Harley-Davidson.

Yet the career of each of these stalwarts was blighted. The Knucklehead project began in 1931 and may well have reached fruition in 1934 but for government restrictions aimed at reducing unemployment. When it finally arrived in 1936, the 61-inch twin was a sensation, not least when Joe Petrali hurtled one along Daytona Beach at a staggering 136.183mph (219.16kph). No sooner was a 74-inch version released than the Second World War halted civilian motorcycle production in its tracks. By the time the dust had settled, the age of the Panhead had come, making the Knuckle "74" one of the rarest and most prized Milwaukee twins of all. The Pan offered more power and refinement, plus the distinction of propelling one of the most celebrated Hogs - the first ElectraGlide - and yet, during this period, Harley's sales slid to their lowest since 1921. Next, the Shovelhead which was better still, but coincided unhappily with a revolution in motorcycling with which it was ill-equipped to compete. Both the Pan and Shovelhead have their fans, but they almost rang the death-knell for Harley-Davidson.





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