1941 Harley-Davidson Model WL

1941 Harley-Davidson Model WL

The 1941 Harley-Davidson Model WL was a motorcycle produced by Harley-Davidson from 1937 to 1952. It was a civilian model that was widely used by the US Army during World War II, where it was known as the "Liberator" and used for a variety of tasks, including reconnaissance, courier duty, and military police work.

The Model WL was powered by a 45 cubic inch (740 cc) side-valve V-twin engine that produced around 23 horsepower. It had a 3-speed transmission and a chain drive. The bike featured a rigid frame, which gave it a sturdy and durable feel, but also made for a relatively rough ride.

The 1941 model year saw a number of changes to the WL, including an improved braking system, a larger fuel tank, and a new fork design with improved handling. It was also available in a new "tear-drop" style fuel tank, which was more aerodynamic than previous models.

Overall, the Harley-Davidson Model WL was a popular and reliable motorcycle that served a wide range of riders, from civilians to military personnel. Today, it is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, who appreciate its classic style and historical significance.

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Production Start 1941
Country of origin USA